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THE NATIONAL TBIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, FEBHUARY 11, 1882.
For The National Tribune.
BY W. B. H.
Repeal the act? Aye ! let them all
Be banished from the statute look!
The more fools they, at Duty's call,
Who liappy homes iu haste forsook
And marched away with breaking: heart
To fight their country's battles through,
While Money fattened in the marts
The more fools they, the Boys in Blue!
Repeal the act? Aye! let us blot
From out the blood-stained roll of fame
The victories their valor got,
For men have lost their sense of shame
And gallant deeds are prized no more,
Though once, as falls the summer dew
A Nation's tears fell, scattered o'er
The Nation's dead, the Boys in Blue!
Repeal the act? Aye! -why should they
Who answered when their country called
And bore the burden of the fray,
When else ye all had been enthralled,
Be billeted upon the land?
Must not bondholders have their due ?
The more fools they, that Spartan band
Who saved the State, the Boys in Blue !
Repeal the act? Aye! why should not
The widow's tears, the orphan's moan
Alike with Honor be forgot
And sacred, bonds be held, alone?
For Money now usurps the place
That Valor won, and there are few
To plead their cause and from disgrace
Preserve the brave, the Boys in Blue !
Grand Army Matters.
James A. Garfield Post, No. 34, Department of
California, G. A. B., of San Francisco, California,
has elected and installed the following officers for
the ensuing year:
P. C, Valentine Zahn ; S. V. C, James E. Hughes ;
J. V. C, Albert Brown ; Q. M., Edward Naughton ;
Chaplain, 0. A. Thompson ; 0. D., H. G. Rise ; O.
G., Edward Quinn; Delegate to Department En
campment, Ed. S. Salomon ; Alternate, James E.
Hughes: Additional Delegate and Alternate, Harris
Eohinson, Thomas Connors.
The same Post has also adopted resolutions thank
ing Senator Ingalls, of Kansas, for his defense of
the soldiers and sailors in advocacy of the arrears
of pension act.
Other Posts will probably follow suit, as they
should, in order to show their approval of the course
of those who are upon the right side of the contro
versy in question.
A subscriber writes us that at a regular meeting
of Arnold Post, No. 4, Department of Ehode Island,
the following officers were installed:
Commander, M. A. Vose ; S. Y. C, A. S. Stone ; J.
V. C, M. M. Streeter; Surgeon, W. H. Green:
Chaplain, E. C. Knight; O. D., Charles H. Dyer;
O. G., S. Manchester : Q. M., C. H. Nottage; Adju
tant, L. C. Whittier; Q. M. S., O. D. Streeter: S. M..
L. A. Sweetland.
Arnold Post is the " baby " of the Department,
but a big and lusty one. There are about 125 mem
bers in good standing, and the work is performed in
the best manner. Semi-monthly socials are given
during the winter and with good success, placing
the charity fund upon a sound footing. This Post
is the first to agitate the admission of cadets con
sisting of the oldest son of the members into the
order. As all know that the Grand Army must
soon die off, something of this nature must be
organized to keep up the glorious work under a new
but similar head.
The Annual Encampment of the Department of
TBhwie Island was held, with a choice of the follow-
Department Commander, Henry F. Jencks, of
Tower Post, No. 17, Pawfcucket; S. Y. D. C, P. S.
Chase, Prescott Post, No. 1, Providence ; J. Y. D. C,
Davis Cook, 2d. Arnold Post, No. 4, Providence;
Medical Director, Lorenzo Traver, M. D., Prescott
Post, No. 1, Providence ; Chaplain, Rev. D. C. Easton,
Prescott Post, No. 3, Providence. Council of Ad
ministration, W. D. Mason, Post No. 1 ; J. Y. Han
son, Post No. 10 ; J. M. Barker, Post No. 11 ; J. A.
Brawn, Post No. 18; D. E. Howard, Post 13. Dele
gates to the National Encampment: T. W. Man
chester, Post No. 1; J. M. Potter, Post No. 10.
-Alternates: Andrew McMahon aud E. C. Lawton of
?ost No. 5 ; H. B. Kenny, Post No. 3.
According to the report of the Assistant Adjutant
General, the Department has gained 153 members,
lost 120 by death. The statistics show a decided
iinprovenieut over the previous years. Among the
special features of the year was a visit of the Commander-in-Chief
and Ohaplain-in-Chief, on whicli
occasion a Department Headquarters and six Posts
gave a grand Camp-fire.
Cassius Mason Post, No. 249, Department of New
York, G. A. B., was organized at Richburg on the
18th ultimo with twenty-seven charter members.
The officers are : Commander. A. B. Cottrell ; S. Y.
C, J. J. Baker; J. Y. C, S. D. Black; Adjt., A. L.
Green; Q. M., W. A. Ross; 0. D., B. M. Moulton;
Chaplain, Abra Jordan; Surg., C. Lester; O. G.,
&. W. Painter; Ser'g-Maj., J. T. King ; Q. M. Sergt,
Charles J. Ormsbee Post, No. 18, Brandon, Yt.,
at the last regular meeting installed the following
officers: Commander, William H. Flint; S. Y. C,
A.E. Lord; J. Y. C, L. G. Barrett; Adjt., D. W.
Clark ; Q. M., Ozro Meacham ; Chaplain, E. G. Carr ;
Surg., Ira London; 0. D., Andrew Ness; 0. G.,
Henry Cross; Q. M. Sergt., H. Brown; Serg't-Maj..
Thobucn Post, No. 72, G. A. R., of Martin's Ferry,
Ohio, recently held a festival for the benefit of the
Post and realized nearly $400 over and above ex
penses. The Post proposes to form an auxiliary
organization, consisting of wives, widows and
daughters of soldiers, to aid in the work of the
At the Annual Encampment, Department of the
Mountains, G. A. R., held at Denver, Col., the fol
lowing were elected to serve as officers for the
ensuing year: Department Commander, E. K.
Stimson, of Denver; S. Y. C, A. P. Curry, of Lead
ville; J. V. C, John W. Connor, of Laramie City ;
Medical Director, A. S. Everett, of Denver ; Chap
lain, Rev. T. R. Palmer, of Boulder ; Council of
Administration, B. F. Snyder, of Golden ; Comrade
Carr, of Longmont; William Youngson, of George
town; A. M. Sawver, of Boulder; Comrade Rich
mond, of Pueblo. 'Delegate to the National En
campinent, John A. Coulter, of Georgetown : Al
ternate, Frank Hunter, of Denver.
The Annual Encampment of the Massachusetts
Department of the G. A. R. was held in Boston last
week. The present number of Posts in this State is
137, with a membership of 10,252. Private George
H. Patch, of Boston, was chosen Commander of the
Department. Among the delegates to the National
Encampment are Henry B. Pierce, of Abington, and
Andrew C. Stone, Of LawTrence, and among the
alternates are J. Frank Dalton of Salem, Benjamin
Pitman of Marblehead, J. H. Dwyer of Lynn, and
N. E. Ladd of Groveland.
The Camp-fire recently held at Madison, Ind., by
A. O. Bachman Post, G. A. R., will be long remem
bered by those who shared in the festivities of the
occasion. Many prominent persons from abroad
were present, among them Governor Porter and
staff. Colonel C. O. Wood, of North Yernon, was
also iu attendance with McKeehan Post, No. 36.
The exercises consisted of a parade through the
streets, an address by the Governor, and an evening
entertainment, made up in part of music, addresses,
tableaux, and recitations, interspersed with army
songs and sketches of camp life.
The " Old Vets," as well as the invited guests,
enjoyed themselves fully, and that they did so is
sufficient evidence of the meritorious character of
the programme throughout.
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lar leads us to extend the time until March 31, 1S82. ONE DOLLAR mailed
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The National Tribune,
WASHINGTON, D. C.
The surviving veterans of the First New Jersey
brigade will hold their first annual Keunion in
Camden, New Jersey, on Wednesday, June 28, 1S82,
for the purpose of renewing old associations, and
reviving the friendships contracted during the
memorable days of battle and camp life. The
committee on entertainment will make ample pro
vision to accommodate all members who desire to
join in this Eeunion and will send their names,
companv, regiment, and address to Captain John H.
Piatt, secretary, No. -143 South Fifth street, Cam
den, N. J., or any member of the committee.
On the 17th instant, (the anniversary of the cap
ture of Columbia, S. C, bv Gen. Shermau's forces
in 1SG5,) Custer Post, No. 8, G. A. E., of Bath, New
York, hold their third Camp-fire at the Opera House.
A movement is on foot looking to a Eeunion of
the veterans of the late war living in Dickinson
county, Iowa, to be held at Spirit Lake probably
some time in May.
W. M. Choate Post, No. 66, of Napoleon, Ohio, is
officered as follows: P. C L. G. Eandall; S. Y. C.
Otto Honeck; P. V. C, L. Y. Eichards; Adj't, C. E.
Eevnolds; Surgeon, Dr. I. M. Shoemaker; Chap
lain, E. M. Cloud ; Q. M., H. E. Carey ; 0. D., James
P. Watson ; 0. G., Levi Drummond ; S. M., A. S.
Condit; Q. M. S., G. H. Eeeder.
England Post, No. 142, G. A. E., of Delphi, N. Y.,
is in a flourishing condition. The Post relief fund
has recently been increased by $140, derived from
a series of dramatic entertainments.
G, A. R. ORDERS.
Headquarters Dept. Minnesota, G. A. E.,
Ass't Adjutant-General's Office,
Stillwater, Minn.. Jan. 20th, 1SS2.
Xo. 1. J
I. At the Encampment held iu Minneapolis, Jan
uary 18th, 1832, 1 was honored by a unanimous re
election as Department Commander. This proof of
your confidence in me aud approval of my former
administration is very gratifying, and will prompt
me to further exertions in behalf of the Order in
this Department. And with the aid of other De
partment and Staff officers, I hope to be able to
make a satisfactory report to the next Encamp
ment. I hereby assume command of the Department of
Minnesota, G. A. E.
II. Other Department officers elected and appoint
ed, are as follows : S. V. C, J. P. Eea, of Geo. N.
Morgan Post, No. 4; J. Y. C, Chas. C. Whitney, of
D. F. Markham Post, No 7; M. D., J. C. Ehodes, of
Muller Post, No. 1 ; Chaplain, W. H. Harrington, of
Muller Post, No. 1.
Council of Administration. J. W. Pride, of J. S.
Cadv Post, No. 2 ; A. E. Burleson, of Burdick Post,
No. 3 ; D. M. Gilmore, of G. N. Morgan Post, 4 ; J.
N. Liscomb, of Markham Post, No. 7 ; E. A. Becker,
of Garfield Post, No. 8.
III. The following-named comrades are hereby
appointed on the Stall of the Department Com.
mander, and will be obeyed and respected accord
Samuel Bloomer, Ass't Adj't Gen., Post No. 1; F.
Siebold, Ass't Q. M. G., Post No. 8; H. Gostly, Ins.,
Cady Post, No. 2 : E. D. Taylor, Chief Mustering
Officer, Post No. 1 ; W. P. Eoberts, Judge Advocate,
Post No. 4.
IY. Headquarters will be as heretofore, at No.
20G Main street, Stillwatei, Minn.
Y. Other appointments on the Staff will be an
nounced in future orders.
By command of
Assistant Adjutant General.
Headquarters Dep't of New York,
Grand Army of the Eepubic,
New York City, Jan. 30th, 18S2.
No. 1. J
I. The undersigned having been elected Com
mander of the Department of New York, G. A. E.,
at the Annual Encampment, held at Syracuse, Jan
uary 25th and 26th, 1S82. hereby assumes com
mand. II. Comrade George F. Hopper, of Sumner Post,
No. 24, is hereby appointed Assistant Adjutant-General,
and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
III. Comrade Charles Semsey,of Koltes Post, No.
32, is hereby appointed Assistant Quartermaster
General, and will be obeyed and respected accord
ingly. , .
IY. Other appointments will be announced m
Y. All official communications should be address
ed to Post-office Box 704, New York city.
By order of
James S. Fraser,
Dep a rtm en t Com m a n der.
Geo. F. Hopper,
AssH Adft Gen'l.
Grand Army of the Eepublic,
Headquarters Dep't of Wisconsin,
Berlin, Wis., January 27th, 1882.
Xo. 6. J
At the Sixteenth Annual Encampment of this
Department, held at Milwaukee, January 25th,
Comrade H. M. Enos, of Gushing Post, No. 19,
Waukesha, was elected Department Commander for
the year 1S82, and I hereby transfer the command
In returning to my place in the ranks, from which
the comrades of this Department elevated me three
years since, I desire to express my heartfelt thanks
for the hearty support they have given, and the
uniform courtesy and kindness they have shown
me throughout my administration; and I earnestly
hope that the same cordial and hearty co-operation
may be extended to my successor.
Wisconsin soldiers stood shoulder to shoulder with
the soldiers of sister States in putting down a
wicked rebellion, and victory was theirs ; so now
let Wisconsin soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder
with their comrades of sister States in support of
the grandest aud best soldier organization the world
has ever known. Eally on the colors !
By command of
Griff. J. Thomas,
John D. Galloway,
Asst. Adjt. General.
THE GRAND ARMY IN NEW JERSEY.
The recent Annual Encampment of the G. A. E.
of New Jersey shows the Department to be in a
most flourishing condition. With a gain of 15
Posts and a net increase of 911 members, number
ing the total 4,071, a relief fund of $0,351, and a
balance in the treasury of $533.80, the prospects for
the present yearaTC indeed flattering. It is unani
mously conceded that Commander Houghton's ad
mistration was the best the Department ever had,
and that opinion was strengthened at the Encamp
ment by the able manner in which he presided over
the assemblage. A courteous, Christian gentle
man, a bravo soldier with a splendid record, ever
alert to whatever will benefit or increase the im
portance of the Grand Army in general and the
Department of New Jersey in particular, his term
of office has been characterized by wise rulings,
keen, good judgment, and an earnest desire for the
advancement of the Order. In all his work he has
been ably and heartily seconded by his staff, and in
reappointing the same the new Commander, General
E. L. Campbell, of Trenton, has secured for himself a
corps of earnest aids. The following are the Depart
ment officers for 1882 : Commander, General E. L.
Campbell, of Post 23; S. Y. C, A. M. Way, Posi 15;
J. Y. C, W. G. White, Post 10 ; A. A. G., E. Lloyd
Eoberts, Post 44 ; A. Q. M. G., C. P. Brown, Post 23 ;
Ass't Ins. Gen., W. H. DeHart, Post 25 ; C. M. 0.,
G. B. Fielder, Post 38; Ju:lge Advocate, G. W.
Atherton, Post 15 ; Medical Director, Dr. Eichard
Purson, Post 24; Chaplain, Eev. William Harris.
Council of Administration, Charles Burroughs, Post
28; J. J. E. Grubb, 37; Frank Eiley, 42; J.F.
Combes, No. 1 ; Samuel Toombs, No. 12.
General Campbell served for four years and three
months ; was wounded. He is now one of Trenton's
most distinguished lawyers, popular and highly es
teemed. All the members of his staff are men of
note, some of them famous for their specialties. A.
A. G. Eoberts was for several years a member Of the
Seventh New York regiment ; Judge Advocate
Atherfcon is one of the professors of Eutger's Col
lege ; Quartermaster-General Brown was for a long
time marshal of the police force of Trenton ; Chap
lain Harris is a professor in Princeton College:
Chief Mustering Officer Fielder is captain of the
best company in the Fourth regiment, N. G. N. J.,
of Jersey City, and Inspeci or-General DeHart is
now serving his fifth year as inspector, was the
originator of the system of classifications used in
the Department aud adopted at the last National
Ecampment, and is captain of the Phil. Kearny
Guard, Third regiment, N. G. N. J.,'of Elizabeth,
the command which at Yorktown was considered
the best drilled, best disciplined company of sol
diers, either Eegulars or National guardsmen, on the
ground. Every member of Commander Campbell's
staff is an earnest, faithful worker, and he is sure of
their entire support aud aid.
WISCONSIN G. A. R.
The Annual Encampment of the Department of
Wisconsin, G. A. E., which was held on the 25th
and 26th of last month, was participated in by all
the Posts in the State. The annual report of Com
mander Thomas, which was received with great
good feeling by the comrades, shows good progress
in the Order, the aggregate membership in the State
being now S53, a gain of 346 during the year. The
financial receipts of the year amountedto $579.93:
disbursements, $-167.81: supplies on hand, $69.28;
cash on hand, $42.S4. Six new Posts were instituted
during the year, all of which are in good working
At the conclusion of the business meeting a
Eeunion was held, Bach's orchestra being in attend
ance, opening with the ode
" Once again, once again, here we meet,
And gather round the kindling fire."
The welcoming address was delivered bv Comrade
William Walthers, of Eobert Chivas Post, No. 2,
who was followed by several other speakers, after
which a banquet, duly seasoned with songs, anec
dotes, and reminiscences, closed the session, and the
convocation adjourned, beneath a cloud of tobacco
smoke, to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.
A CORRECT VIEW OF THE CASE.
An examining surgeon for the Pension Office, in
forwarding his subscription to The National Trib
une, among other things, says :
I am pleased to notice that Commissioner Dudley
has taken note of the miserable pittance allowed
In many instances I could not hire a clerk to do
the writing that to me seems necessary to elucidate
a case presented for examination for twice the
money paid by the present law.
Insurance companies pay from $3 to $5 for their
ordinary examination, and $8 for cases where it is
necessary to examine the urine aud the examina
tion of urine in their cases is quite easily performed,
while the great and glo-ri-ous Nation with a capital
N allows tlie enormous sum of $1 for the most mi
nute examination and double description of the
most intricate and often greatly masked diseased
conditions of the Nation's defenders.
To do justice to the applicant and prevent impo
sition on the Government, the examining surgeon
is compelled to be exceedingly careful aud minute
especially in cases of alleged, disease of heart or kid
neys the most careful notings of the heart's ac
tion, rhythm, sounds, impulse, &c. Aud in the lat
ter class of cases, the most critical chemical and
microscopical examinations are necessary. Only by
such examinations can justice be done to the appli
cant and to the Government.
In many cases manyliours and sometimes a day
or parts of two or more days are required to ascer
tain the condition of the applicant, besides the
clerical work in making out certificates, records,
&c. I have earned more than three dollars for every
dollar received for examinations on an average, yet
I felt certain that while trying to perform the
duties of my position I must make the kind of ex
aminations above noted or fail in doing justice to
the applicant or in preventing fraud upon the Gov
ernment. in many cases I believe the Commissioner should
be allowed to grant special fees, and that the law
should be retroactive. Only by such an act, as far
as I now see, can justice be done to those who have
faithfully performed their whole duty as examin
ing surgeons in the past.
General James S. Negley was in the city during
the week, attending a meeting of the Union League
The Spanish printers are on a strike. Two papers
at Madrid are unable to appear, and others publish
only one sheet.
GEORGE E. LEMON
WASHINGTON, D. C,
Attorney -at -Law and Solicitor of
United States and Foreign
Established in 18G5.
CAN I OBTAIN A PATENT?
Send a rough sketch or (if you can) a model of your
invention to George E. Lemon, Washington, D. C,
and a Preliminaky Examjnation will be made of all
United States Patents of the same class of inventions,
and you will be advised whether or not a patent can be
For this Preliminary Examination Xo Charge is Made.
WHAT WILL A PATENT COST?
If you are advised that your invention is patentable,
send $20, o pay Government application fee of 15, and
So for the drawings required by the Government. This
amount is payable when the application is made. This
te all of the expense, unless a patent is allowed. When
allowed the attorney's fee ($25) and the final Government
fee ($20) is payable.
By these terms you know beforehand, for nothing
whetlter you are going to get a patent or not, and no
attorney's fee is charged unless you do get a patent.
An attorney whose fee depends on his success in obtain
ing the patent will not advise yoH that your invention
is patentable, unless it really is patentable, so far as his
best judgment can aid in determining the question;
hence, you can rely on the advice given after a prelimi
nary examination is had.
DESIGN PATENTS and the REGISTRATION OF
LABELS and TRADE-MARKS secured.
CAVEATS prepared and filed.
Applications for the REISSUE OF PATENTS care
fully and skillfully prepared and promptly prosecuted.
Applications in revivor of rejected, abandoned, or for
feited cases made. Very often valuable inventions are
saved m these classes of cases.
If you have undertaken to secure your own patent
and failed, a skillful handling of the case may lead to
success. Send me a written request addressed to the
Commissioner of Patents that he recognize George E.
Lemox, of Washington, D. C, as your attorney in the
case, giving the title of the invention and about the date
of filingyour application. An examination will be made
of the case, and you will be informed whether or not a
patent can be obtained. This examination and report
iviti cost yott nothing.
Interference Contests arising within the Patent
Office between two or more rival claimants to the same
subject-matter of invention, attended to.
Appeal Remedies pursued in relief from adverse
Searches made for title to inventions.
Copies of Patents furnished at the regular Govern
ment rates, (25 cents each, if subsequent to 1S66. Pre
vious patents, not printed, at cost of making copies.)
Copies of Official Records furnished.
Opinions rendered as to scope, validity, and infringe
ment of Patents.
In fact, any information relating to Patents and to
'property rights in inventions promptly furnished on the
most reasonable terms.
Remember this office has been in successful operation
since 1865, and you therefore reap the benefits of experi
ence. Address, with stamp for reply,
GEORGE E. LEMON,
WASHESGTO, D. C.
4- Reference given to actual clients in almost every
county in the United States.
DR. FOSTER'S REMEDIES
FOR FAMILIAR AILMENTS.
I. BLOOD - PURLFYES G AND
Designed to take the place of the numerous quack
medicines that flood the country with giirish advertise
ments, and horrible, overdrawn descriptions of disease.
These pills purify the blood by stim
ulatingthe organs which sep
arate the worn-out and
als from that
They are composed of remedies habitually prescribed
by the Doctor himself, and by most respectable physi
cians. There is nothing secret or superhuman about them.
They have been proved to be efficient in all cases for
which they are recommended.
The indications for their use comprise the following
well-known symptoms, which are sometimes very seri
ous indeed, and at others scarcely worthy of a second
Headache, Pain in the Back and Iambs, a Coated
Tongue, foul Breath, Disordered Digestion,
Yellowish Skin and Eyes, Constipation of
the Bowels, Scantiness of Urine and Dif
ficulty of Passing it, low Spirits,
Nervousness, Confusion of Mind, Pal
pitation of the Heart, Violent Throbbing
at the Pit of the Stomach, Pain in the Side
dull and aching General lassitude and lack
of Interest in Things Usually Interesting, &c, &c.
This assemblage of symptoms, formidable though it
may appear, strung out in even this simple way, has
usually one single underlying cause, and this is Indo
lence on the part of the lungs, the kidneys, the liver,
and the skin.
In cases of " biliousness," you will find the skin mud
dy and dry, the breath short and easily lost on slight
exertion, the urine scanty, hot, and hard to pass.
What conclusion, then, is reached?
That the skin is at fault as much as the liver ; the kid
neys as much as the skin ; and the lungs as much as
any of the others.
This is the true theory of the nature of a" bilious
attack" and it is the foundation of respectable medical
treatment of that condition.
The object of the class of remedies here proposed is to
enable the public to heal themselves in all proper cases;
that is, in cases where they can do so with safetv.
The Blood-Purifying and Invigorating Pills are coated
with pure gelatine.
They are practically tasteless ; are made in two sizes,
small for children and large for adults; and in price
are much lower than any quack pill extant.
They will be sent in boxes of '25 pills, with full direc
tions for use, to any address, postage prepaid, on receipt
Price, 20 Cents per Box.
No reduction can be made for any number of boxes
whatever. The price for one box is the very lowest that
any good article of this kind can possibly be sold for.
Small sums can be sent in postage stamps or in silver
com, by wrapping it in soft paper and enclosing it in a
securely sealed envelope, stamped and addressed as be
low. Name and address of sender should be written plainlv,
with Town, County and State carefully included.
Dr. Poster's Remedies for Familiar Ailments
No. II. Fever and Ague Pills without quinine, accord
ing to the most modern treatment of that disease.
Correspondence is invited. Stamps should be enclos
ed for reply.
D. L. FOSTER, M. D.,
1001 South 20th Street.
Answers to Correspondents.
We are obliged to answer certain inquiries of the same
nature in each Issue of our paper. While we eheerfuUv
furnish Information to subscribers in this column
suggest that much labor, time, and expense may be saved
both to ourselves and to our correspondents, If the latter
and other subscribers would keep a file of the paper
They could then, at any time, burn to the ille and probal
bry find the very inemtry answered about whloh they
would have written to us. We trust that each and every
subscriber will profit hy this suggestion.
T. J. II., Portland, Mich vnir ,'c .
petition for passage of eauaHzadoT of bo int'bi ,
and, in addition to signing a petition to cSn4is'
every person interested should !.; I .VS1
Senator and B, Jte
fetter "'" mm"re- S'4e thm wUh
G. N., Marsha lltowk Tft.. T
week's issue we shall give a dPtXf 0Ur. nex,fc
corps and army badge in uUfef Z HteTar
or adopted since. h tnt late war
H. B. McK., TowANDA.See section ai- t.
vised Statutes United States. 0n 4'4' Ee-
Scott, McComb, Ohio. You should i
to ascertain whereabouts of surgeon in oh , vor.
hospital where you received treatment YaQ f
toruey can instruct you how to proceed.
C. D. S., Hillsborough, Ky. The present Com
missioner prefers the evidence to he filed in a him
where it can be done without too great delay. Such
course saves time. If substantially all the testi
mony is iu hand the attorneys generally fiie it.
P. F., Fortville, Ind We cannot advise any
person having means to live without a Government
derkship to apply for one. Such situations are un
certain at the best and the salaries paid are not by
any means a bonanza. Pension claims cannot be
made special except it is shown to the satisfaction
of the Commissioner that the applicant is really in
immediate need and suffering for necessaries.
A. F., Eussell, Kan. If the "anrears act" is
repealed all claims filed under its provisions would
probably he barred, so far as pension prior to dates
of filing respectively is concerned; and to be con
sistent payments made under it should be required
to be refunded to the Government.
L. E., Two Eivers, Wis. Whether a pensioner
can be required to work on the roads or pay poll
tax depends altogether on your State law.
P. S. It is impossible to state how many pension
claims per day are settled. Over 3,000 cases were
disposed of during tlie month of December. They
are not settled in numerical order, but according to
date of completion.
O. H. McC., Long Island, Kan. You have re
ceived all the bounty provided by existing laws.
If the bill to equalize bounties passes you will be
come entitled to $100 more.
H. H. B., Juniata, Neb. We know nothing of
the standing before the Departments of the firm
you mentien. The word cl'm't which appears in
lower left hand corner of Pension Office communi
cations is a contraction for claimant. The official
signature is to the right of it.
W. H.f Bonito, Kas Call upon the Adjutant
General of the Army for his report touching mili
tary service of the soldier is almost the first steps
taken by the Pension Office in the claim.
J. H. M., Cherry Grove, Ya . Pension agents
are political appointments and require strong influ
ence, and the successful applicant must be able to
give bond all the way from $50,000 upward, accord
ing to disbursements he would have to make. 2.
Papers filed in the Departments helong to the Gov
ernment records uid cannot he withdrawn. 3. We
cannot advise yoa as to the standing of the parties
you mention. 4. If the pensioner has only had 40
acres there is a warrant for 120 acres more coming.
C. C, Buncombe, Ills. It would be impossible
to furnish any information as to number of claims
that would be of value, as cases are not necessarily
taken up in numerical order.
E. H. E., Eochdale, Ind. It takes from four to
six months from date of filing last proofs for the
Department to reach a case for examination. For
ratings see The National Tribune for January
14th. The settlement of bounty claims is a long
ways in arrears. It takes two or three years, some
times longer, to reach an adjudication. We cannot
inform vou as to the standing of the parties referred
K. P., Eutland, Yt. Your claim should have
been reached by this time. We suggest that you
write to your attorney and have it called up.
The present post-office addresses of the following
named persons are desired by subscribers to The
National Tribune. Any one able to give infor
mation touching their whereabouts will confer a
favor by corresponding with us :
1. Any of the commissioned officers or men of Com
pany L, Seventeenth Illinois Cavalry.
2. lien who served on the sloop of-war Dale and
gunboat Somerset in Florida in 1S62-3; or of any
men who were in the hospital at Key West, Fla. ;
or any who know of those who were there; or
men on board frigate Wabash off Charleston, S.
C. ; ironclad monitor Patapsco at Wausaw Sound,
Savannah, Ga. ; or gunboat Seneca at Fort Fisher
and Cape Fear Eiver expedition.
3. Simon Herger, Company C, One Hundred and
Twenty-second Ohio Infantry.
4. Lieut. P. Callow, late Q. 31. Eighty-second Pa.
o. Lieut. McAlister, company D, First Minn, heavy
6. William H. True, surgeon Twentieth Maine in
fantry, or of Abner O. Shaw, same regiment.
7. Dr. Francis, in charge of small-pox hospital at
Nashville, Tenn., in 1S64 ; also, of Captain J. C.
Hervey of company A, Ninth Indiana cavalry.
3. Levi Smith, captain of Company D, Ninety-sixth
New York vols. Last heard from in 1S69, at
which time he was in Walla Walla, Washington
Territory, in poor health, and contemplating go
ing to Nevada.
Remaining answers next week.
ANNIVERSARY OF FORT DONELSON.
Crocker Encampment of "Our Country's De
fenders," will give a banquet in their hall at
Marshalltown, Iowa, on the twentieth anniversary
of the battle of Fort Donelson, which was fought
February 13-16th, 1862.
The Encampment are making a practice of cele
brating, in some fitting manner, all the prominent
engagements of the war, and many enjoyable
gatherings of old soldiers is the result.
AN ILL-FATED FAMILY.
From one family, that of the late Eoberfc F.
Thompson, of Preble county, in this State, there
were five sons enlisted as volunteers in the United
States army, three of whom lost their lives, wnJ
a fourth was severely wounded and captured by
the confederates. Jasper N., of the Nineteenth In
diana Batterv, was killed at Perrwille in October,
1862. Charles H., of the Thirty-fifth Ohio Infantry
Yoluuteers, was killed at Chattanooga in September,
1S63: John B., at Franklin, Tenn., in 1864. L. P.,
of the Thirtv-fifth Ohio Infantry, was severely
wounded at the battle of Chicamauga in September,
1863, and captured, but soon after paroled. George
W., of the One Hundred aud Tenth Ohio, alone
escaped unharmed. One .-on-in-law of Mr. Thomp
son (Mr. James L. Mauzy, of the Ninety-fourth O.
Y. I. ) was drowned in the Ohio Eiver between Cin
cinnati and Louisville in October, 186-1, and another,
Mr. David B. Austin, of the Fiftieth O. Y. I., lost
his life by the explosion of the Sultana on the Mis
sissippi River in April, 1S6."5, while on his return to
his home. The mother of this ill-fated family, now
nearly eightv years of age, is livin- at Eichmond,
Ind., still mourning the loss of her heroes, two of
whom lie in obscure and two in unknown graves.
The President's second State dinner will be given
Thursdav, the 16th inst. It will be a dinner to the
diplomatic corps. The first State dinner was given
to the Cabinet Saturday evening.