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WASJ1INGTOX, D. C, SEPTEMBER 1(5, 1SS2.
Dukin'g the next two months, soldiers'
Reunions will he taking place almost daily
n various part of the country and it will be
almost impossible to keep track of them, and
furnish our readers with such reports as we
should like to publish, unless ouv friends will
voluntarily keep us posted in regard to them.
We shall be glad to receive letters descrip
tive of these Reunions from our own readers
and subscribers, and where they are not able
to furnish us with a report themselves we
trust they will promptly iorward to its
copies of their local newspapers containing
A subsckiiieb writes to us inquiring
why it is that we do not publish a form of
petition to Congress for the passage of the
$10 pension bilL The reason is simply this :
II petitions are presented to members of
Congress for the passage oi this bill they
should be ihe voluntary utterances of the
soldiers themselves. It matters little what
the language is, so long as the facts are all
there and the necessary signitures are ob
tained. Those of our comrades who think
it worth while to petition at all, certainly
t-hould be able to prepare their own peti
tions. Let them draw them up as soon as
possible and see that they are properly cir
culated. "We shall be happy to publish the
fact that they are in course of preparation.
It is a practical impossibility to publish
all the letters which come to us addressed
"To the editor of the The National Tiu
mxe," but we shall endeavor, whenever
possible, to print the substance of each in
the shape of extracts from the most interest
ing portions. Our correspondents should be
careful to write legibly, and on one side of
the paper only, as otherwise the editor is
put to the trouble of rewriting their letters
before putting them in the hands of the
printer. Bear in mind, also, that the more
concisely and clearly your thoughts are ex
pressed, the more likely your communica
tions will be to command attention. "We
have no room for long, wordy letters, but
short, crisp expressions of opinion on mat
ters affecting the interests of our ex-soldiers ;
bright anecdotes and reminiscences of the
camp, and personal prison experiences will
be always welcome. "We are glad at all
times to hear from our readers and sulxscri
bers and are ready to extend to them a help
ing hand whenever the occasion offers.
General Doubleday, in his book, " Chan
cellorsville and Gettysburg," (Scribner's
Sons,) an extract from which appears on our
first page, barely escapes achieving the dis
tinction to which he aspires that of a histo
rian. His unrestricted access to the Federal
and confederate records afforded an opportu
nity, which he has not neglected, to give a
graphic picture of events as they transpircd
and to fix the blame for disaster where it be
longed. So far good ; but the evident relish
with which he refers to the lack of caution
on the part of Gen. Howard, and the space ho
occupies in quoting from authorities to prove
a surprise, argues prejudice, and in so much
detracts from the value of his book as history.
To write history without a hero to glorify or
a preconceived theory to establish ; to record
events with impartial distinctness, or to give
the "frozen facts," no matter who is in
jured by their recital, is by no means an easy
task to a participant. Yet to truthfully
and impartially record the events which
occur during a campaign or in a battle is the
province of a historian. To glorify a hero or
to belittle a rival is outside the domain of
history. Few have ever accomplished it in
writing of contemporaneous wars. The Arch
Duke Charles, hi the history of his campaigns
against the French, and Napier, in his "Pe
ninsular "War," have shown how it ,rmay bo
done, but no 1)ook has yet been published
relating to the war of the rebellion in this
country which can lay rightful claim to
impartiality. The reader of " Chancellors
ville," in General Doubleday 's book, would
hardly expect to find General Howard, with
his Eleventh corps, seizing Cemetery nill at
Gettysburg and holding itwithso flrmagrasp
as to resist every attempt made to carry it.
Lee's votoran brigades were hurled against
it in vain, the hillsides were covered with the
slain, but the same brigades that had fled
in confusion from the field at Chancellors
villc, commanded by the same generals, stood
like a living wall through two days' battle.
Later on, the same regiments bore their tat
tered banners from Chattanooga to Atlanta
through the carnage of Missionary Ridge,
Jlcxscca. Kenesaw, Peach-tree Creek,
through the smoke of a hundred days of
battle, and from Atlanta through Georgia,
the Caiolinas, and Virginia, across the Long
Bridge to the National Capital, everywhere
evincing the most exalted courage and devo
tion to tho flag of their country.
Our Now Ifonturcs.
The changes which we have mado this
week in the general make-up and appar
ance of The National Tkiijune are of a
character, we believe, that will commend
themselves at first sight to tho favor of our
readers. "Wo owe it to them to make The
National Tribune the best paper in tho
country, and a3 from time to time improve
ments suggest themselves wo intend to adopt
them. It will be noticed this week that we
have added several new features. Our House
hold Department is intended to enlist the
interest of the wives and daughters of our
ex-soldiers and afford them both entertain
ment and instruction. The bravest women
in the land are Hie wives of our veterans.
"While their husbands were fighting the
battles of their country in the field they
were fighting poverty and distress at homo,
in order that the sons and daughters of our
heroes might bo so brought up as to do them
honor. Theirs was the anxiety, the anguish,
and the intolerable suspense from day to
day, waiting, wailing, waiting for news
from the front. Theirs was the heavy task
of reading the list of the dead and wounded
and missing, and many a newspaper was
stained in those days by their tears. Never
did Spartan wife or mother in the age of
Grecian glory set a nobler cxamplo of patri
otic fortitude, unselfish devotion, and sub
lime self-sacrifice than the women of America
during .the four long years of that des
perate struggle for tho preservation of the
Republic. It is to them, almost as much as
to those who freely offered up their lives on
the altan of their country, that wo owo the
salvation of the Union. It was their teach
ings which instilled into tho minds of the
rising generation that love of country which
has made the men of to-day worthy to
gather the fruits of their fathers' valor.
They, as well as husbands and brothers and
sons, are entitled to our consideration, and
wo want them to feel that The National
Tribune whatever others may do will
never forget them. We invite them to con
tribute to our columns. We shall be glad to
answer any letters that they may b'e pleased"'
to send us concerning household matters
and we trust that they will not hesitate to
avail themselves of the opportunity.
On onr eighth page, under tho head of
" Our Growing Country," will be found a
comprehensive article concerning the devel-"
opment of our commercial and agricutural
interests, the direction of railway extension,
important financial operations and notes of
industrial progress throughout the country,
together with full and accurate market re
ports from the principal business centres.
"We have added, also, a Young Folks' De
partment, in order that the children of our
soldiers their sons and .daughter or grand
sons and granddaughters may feel that they,
too, have a place in our affection and a little
corner of their own in The 'National
Tribune. In the long winter evenings
which arc now approaching, when ihe lamp
burns brightly, and father and mother and
tho children gather around the fireside,
there will be something for each in our
columns and entertainment fpr all.
Candidates for Congress.
One of our soldier readers asks us to pub
lish the names of such candidates for Con
gress as, in our judgment, will be most likely,
should they be elected, to faithfully repre
sent the interests of the soldier. This re
quest is not an easy one to comply with,
Tho records of Congressmen who have been
renominated are not difficult to ascertain
but it is pretty hard, sometimes, to tell in
advance of the dajr of an election how any
particular candidate will vote after he takes
his seat. It has happened so often that
candidates have promised everything
during the campaign and performed nothing
when the time came to fulfill their pledges,
that it is not always safe to place implicit re
liance upon their statements. Among the
nominees of the several parties, however,
there is certain to be a large number, who,
notwithstanding that they have never
served in the House of Representatives
have made a clear record for themselves on
all questions affecting tho soldiers' interests.
It is of such men that our soldiers are wont
to say "We know where they stand."
Now, The National Tribune recognizes
the importance of supplying its readers with
accurate information concerning the charac
ter of everyone of these nominees, and we
shall furnish that information at tho earliest
day possible. As our readers are no doubt
aware, the congressional conventions have
not as yet all been held, and it is therefore
impossible at present to publish an accurate
and trustworthy list of the candidates. "We
shall do so, however, at the earliest moment
poasible and in sufficient season to enable our
readers to cast their votes intelligently at
the coming election. No man is worthy to ex
ercise the right of suffrage in a free country
who does not apprcciato its responsibilities,
and it is not only tho privilege, but the duty,
of our ex-soldiers to discriminate at the polls
between candidates who are known to be op
posed to legislation ia tho interest of our. ve
terans, and thoso who are Its avowed advo
cates'. "We shall try t6 help our readers, this
year, to make their votes tell in the congres
sional elections by publishing the record of
How to JJulld Vv tho Grand Army.
As our readers all know, Commander-in-Chief
Vandervoort has called on tho mem
bers of the Grand Army to raise 50,000 new
recruits during his year of administration,
and The National Tribune proposes to
do its full share of the work.
Now, there is a very simple and effective
way of accomplishing tho desired result, if
our readers and subscribers will only adopt
it. There are towns some of them of very
considerable size where, as yet, no Grand
Army Post has been established, although
there is, in almost every case, a sufficient
number of ex-soldiers resident in the vi
cinity to constitute one.
Ono of the reasons why they have not
done so hitherto is their ignorance of the
steps necessary to be taken in order to
procure a charter, and a general indisposition
to take the lead in the work of organiza
tion. The National Tribune now offers it
self as their leader. "What it asks its
readers and subscribers to do is simply to
send us, at once, all the names of ex-soldiers
residing in their neighborhood that they can,
together with the names of any ton of thom
who are willing to join in tho application
to Department Headquarters for the insti
tution of a new Tost.
The following from the Rules and Regu
lations of the Grand Army, shows the
ARTICLE I. FORMATION.
Section 1. A Post may be formed by
the authority of a Department Commander,
or of the Commander-in-Chief where no
Department organization exists, on the appli-
; cation of not less than ten persons eligibloto
membership in tho urauu Army ol the lie
public, and no Post shall lie recognized by the
members of the Grand Army of the Repub
lic unless acting under a legal and unfor
Sec. 2. No charier shall be surrendered
by any Post so long as ten members thereof
demand its continuance, nor unless a
proposition to surrender the charter shall
have been made at a stated meeting at least
four weeks before the time of action, and
due notice given to every member of the
Post, (See Article IV, Section 4.)
Sec. 3. A Post disbanded, whether be
fore or since the annual session of tho
National Encampment in 18G9, mr
rcoganized with its original name and u .
her, provided that these shall not havi
appropriated. In such reorganization . .
charter shall be issued without fee, be
the names of the new as well as tht '.'
members petitioning therefor.
Sec. -J. The rank of Posts shall be d
termined by the date of the charter u: c7
.which they are. acting.
Upon receipt of these names, wo a- i
once communicate with the Commar. r ;
the proper Department and all net - ;
arrangements will be made to muster lb
In this way, if onr comrades will bi-t act
promptly upon our suggestion, not mcrJy
tho 50,000 new members that Comm:11. t
in-Chief Vandervoort has called for, r-i
100,000, may.be recruited for tho t-
Array during the next nine months.
Will you nob " fall in line," comrades, au
follow where wo lead ?
Our Premium List.
A 8 will bo seen by the announcemc-.'
our advertising columns, The Nati
Tribune offers some very tempting induce
ments to its readers to canvass for new sub
scribers. Tho list of premiums is not as yet
complete, but it already includes many j
works and articles of use and beauty, se
lected especially with a view to the taste
and wants of our ex-soldiers. Among them
are some valuable books, choice engravings,
cheap and reliable watch, clocks, and
knives All of these are precisely what they
are represented to be, and the terms upon
which they will be sent to the getters-up of
the club3 will be strictly complied with.
We do not think our comrades should re
quire any pecuniary inducement to canvass
fov such a paper as The National Trib
une, but we are desirous of increasing our
circulation to 100,000 copies weekly as soon
as possible, and for that reason we offer these
We are confident that between now and
tho 1st of January wo shall receive more
now subscribers than during any provious
period in the history of The National
Tribune, and in order that each of our
readers may be stimulated to do his or her
best in the way of oigauiziug clubs of new
subscribers, we offer, in addition to tho
premiums already mentioned, a prizo of
$25, or its equivalent in some article of util
ity or beauty, to be awarded to tho person
sending us tho largest number of new sub
scribers prior to tho 1st of January next,
together with nine other prizes proportion
ate in value to the number of new sub
scribers sent us. Wo trust our comrades
will bo quick to tako advaulago of this
Our Military Sketches.
The National Tribune, in order to pre
sent the military events of the war of the re
bellion throughout the entire arena of the
conflict, will hereafter simultaneously pul
lish sketches of the campaigns in the Eastern
as well as tho Westorn armies. They will,
liko those which have heretofore appeared
in these columns, be compiled from original
reports, and will present a thoroughly im
partial view of the events as they transpired.
Tho glory of our form of Government is
that it was able to prove the falsity of "the
prediction of so astute a statesman and so
experienced a historian as Macauley that a
civil war would prove its destruction.
Leaving to others the task of abusing tho
rebels, The National Tribune will con
tent itself with recounting the deeds of dar
ing performed on both sides, with an eye
single to the truth of history.
Every reader of these chapters who wore
the blue, as did tho writer, will bear him
D. 0., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1883.
out in the assertion that our antagonists
fought, as we then thought, unnecessarily
hard, and the only consolation we could find
when they occasionally whipped us was
that they, too, were Americans. That the
National arras were finally successful, and
that on many a hard-fought field they suc
ceeded by virtue of pure pluck and persist
ent fighting, is as true as any other fact in
history. The editor of these sketches invites
criticism and will take pleasure in correct
ing any errors when convinced of his error,
and in accordance with a suggestion mado
hy a valued correspondent, will in future
announce the campaigns to be taken up in
"The Siege of Knoxville," which will ap
pear in October, will be followed by the
operations of tho Army of the Tennessee
from Fort Donalson to the capture of Vicks
burg in the West, and McClellan's campaigns
in the East.
The Tribune has no enemies to punish
by anonymous abuse and no political favor
ites to fawn upon to secure official favor,
and will present as faithful a picture of the
scenes it describes as can bo portrayed by
the light of the official records.
"Iittlo Kcd Cap."
We shall begin in the next number of TnE
National Tribune a remarkable personal
narrative liy Ransom T. Powell, the young
Orderly of commandant Wins at Ander
souville prison, entitled " Little Red
Cap." Air. Powell was but thirteen years
old when he entered tho army, and but fif
teen when he was taken as a prisoner to
AudersonvilJe. His prepossessing appearance
for he was as sweet-tempered and modest
as a girl and his winning manners attracted
tho notice of Wirz and he "not only made
him his Orderly, but placed him on a fa
miliar footing with his own household, so
that he had abundant opportunities for
observing everything that went on, both at
headquarters and within the stockade. His
story is one of thrilling interest and wo
feel sure that it will bo read with
avidity. On our first page this week will be
found an article containing all the essential
points of his history.
Ono Dollar Per Year.
Since the first of January last, the circula
tion if The National Tribune has in-
d at a rate almost unparalleled in the
. y of American journalism, and in ac-rh-
tee with tho promise made to our
v-3 that we would permanently reduce
t subscription price to one dollar per year,
soon as circumstances should justify such
ip. we haye decided to make that reduc
tion from and after date. There are very
few ,' onv. -weekly newspapers, of the size
wtl ciu. icter of Trrfi National Tribune,
tfcat ,ir. . furnished at such a trifling price,
'tfcd our main object in making this rednc
'& is t putthi3 journal within tho reach
. &fej y ex-soldier in the country, however
,rru - his means may be. Wo want to
.y K t-very member of tho Grand Army on
"r .-w.scription list, every ex-Union pris
" r i war, every pensioner, and, in short,
evory et-soldier in the land. We have a
n t v vrk before us to secure to ourvet-e-tTii.ill
measure of the compensation to
iK'i i hey are entitled by reason of their
r . ,. . in tho field and to accomplish that
work it . necessary that we should have
their active co-operation. Time will quickly
demonstrate whether or not onr. ex-soldiers
appreciate the step which we havo taken.
The romains of an ex-soldier, shockingly
mutilated by birds and dogs, were found, ono
day last week, in a thicket not fur from
Salisbury, N. C. The indications were that
ho had committed suicide. An investiga
tion showed that his family were in desti
tute circumstances. It is supposed that in
despair at not being able to provide for
them he took his life. On tho very next
day after his disappearance a pension certifi
cate for $2,300 in his favor reached the post
office at Salisbury. It seems to us that this
is a case which needs no comment.
We aro indebted to Mr. V. G. Fischer, No.
52!) Fifteenth St., our leading dealer in foreign
books and art publications, for a handsomo
copy of the Vienna International Art Exhibi
tion catalogue. Tho Exhibition is now in
progress in Vienna, and tho catalogue contains
not only a plan of tho galleries and a list of
the pictures by artists and countries, bub
etchings of sill the principal works. To look
through ilis almost as interesting as to visit
the Exhibition itself. Mr. Fischer is tho
agent for its sale in this country.
We aro in receipt of a copy of tho first issuo
of a neat little eight-page journal entitled tho
Gimp Fire, published in tho interests of tho
G. A. It., of tho Department of Kansas, by L.
L. Alrich, Esq. It is full of G. A. It. news, is
well edited, and will no doubfc do oxcelleut
work for tho boys.
Congressman Jorgcnscn, of Virginia, who
was defeated for rononiination, has announced
his intention to support B. S. Hooper, tho Ito-aujHstcr-lvcpublican
Tho California Grccnbackers havo nominated
Thomas J. McQuiddy for Governor.
Squirrel and Rabbit.
1U J. A. Macon.
Mr. Squ'cl he run up do scaly-bark tree,
An' he buy: "Mr. Rnbbit, don't you wish you was
Mr. Rabbit ho hide in du hen-nes' Brass,
For he sec dut squ'el-dorj; comin' 'loin; fas'; -An'
ho say :. " Mr. Squ'cl 1 wouldn't bo you,
'Cause I 'fra'id you'll &wim in de Sunday htew !"
Mr. Squ'oMic sot on do swingin' Hni
An' he ax Mr. Rabbit je.s' to loolc at him,
An' lie eay : "Air. Itahbit, oh! when did you seo,
In all your life, eicli a. feller as me ?"
Mr. Rabbit ho laugh an' ho bay "Mr. Squ'el,
Do white folks like your tns'e too well! "
Mr. Squ'cl ho wait till do plow-bands gone,
An' ho clam right straight up a stalk o' corn
Den he bite do shuck an' ho look right back,
An' ho a.iy: "Mr. Rnbbit, won't you hab aorao
Mr. ljibbit ho say: " Oh, you better tako kcer,
Fo' dey mix you up wid do roaa'in' ear ! "
Mr. Squ'cl ho say: "Come an' go wid me,
An' I'll show you mighty quick how to clam do
Mr. Ilabbit ho dance an' he pranco all 'roun',
An he holler an' laugh aa he tromp do grouu',
An' ho say : " Don't you ax mo to go wid you,
'Cause l'a 'frnid you gwino to dft bobbykow.'i
Tho Empress Eugenie is at Arcnbuig.
William M. Evarts is tho best story-teller at
Mre. Langtry leaves Liverpool for this coun
try Sept. 30.
Schuyler Colfax is a contributor to a Chicago
T. 13. Aldrich and wife will leave Europe for
America Sept. 1G.
JohnEnssell Young, U. S. Minister to China,
has arrived at Shanghai.
Ex-Secretary Elaine is expected to bo present
at tho Chicago (111.) Reunion.
Mrs. Garfield and family havo removed from
Mentor to Cleveland for the winter.
Mrs. Garfield has purchased tho $50,000
Worthington residence in Cleveland.
Tho Marquis of Lorno and Princess Louise
havo left Chicago for San Francisco.
Governor Porter, of Indiana, will attend the
military Encampment at Cleveland, Ohio.
Secretary and Mrs. Lincoln aro in Atlantic
City. The Secretary will return in a few days.
Colonel Fisher, father of Christian Rcid, the
novelist, was tho first man killed at Bull Kun.
The youngest pensioner on the rolls is James
W. Crandall, aged fifteen years, and resides in
John McCullough, tho tragedian, has been
viewing the wonders of the Yellowstone with
General Shoridan and party.
General Howard has assumed command at
Omaha, and has ordered all staff officers there
to hereafter appear in pniform.
Hon. John Manly, of Marcollus, N. Y., ex
member of the New York Legislature, died at
Tucson, Arizona, on the 10th instant.
Mr. Sailer, the veteran financial editor of the
Philadelphia Public Ledger, who lately retired
from that position will draw his full salary for
Dr. Agnow, ono of the surgeons who attend
ed President Garfield, has filed his claims for
services, and it is understood ho asks for $15,
000. Lioutenantde Chair, recently captured by tho
Egyptians, is provided, by Arabi's orders, with
tho best food and wine and $2 a day pocket
George W. Melville, engineer of tho ill-fated
" Jeannette," will bo voted tho freedom of the
city of Brooklyn by tho Common Council at
its next meeting.
Madamo Juarez, wifo of the ox-Presidcat of
the Republic of Mexico, is at Milwaukee Wis.
She is -10 years of age, dresses plainly, and is
General J. W. Denver, formerly territorial
governor of Kansas, after whom the city of
Dpnver, Colorado, was named, is now a resi
dent of Wilmiugton, O.
Mr. Henry A. Hurlbut and Mr. Charles F.
Ulrich, Commissioner of Emigration; General
Horace Porter and General C. H. Grosvenor
havo arrived from Liverpool.
Alex. Shepherd will not como to Washington
this fall, but will return next spring. His
Mexican mines continue prosperous and yield
excellent specimens of ore.
Bayard Taylor's homestead, " Cedar Croft,"
was up at auction on Tuesday, and the estate of
190 acres had a hid of $20,000, but was with
drawn. The farm lands of 80 acre3 were sold
Ccu. J Warren Keifor, Speaker of the House
of Representatives, arrived at Topeka, Kan.,
last Tuesday, and is tho guest of non. Thomas
Ryan, representative from that district. Tho
general spoka at the soldiora' Reunion on
Bello Boyd, the Rebel Spy, was again arrested
in Philadelphia, a few days since, on a charge
made by a furuituro dealer. Her name is
Mrs. Hammond, and it is alleged that sho
ordered $150 worth of goods, giving in payment
the note of her husband, and subsequently ob
tained $155 worth of goods in addition. Tho
notes havo not been paid, and she was prepar
ing to leave tho city when detected.
Lieut. John W. Dnnenhower, of tho Jean
netto crew, has just returned to this city from
Capon Springs, W. Va. Owing to tho con
tinued bad condition of his eyes, ho will prob
ably be unable to attend tho reception to Chief
Engineer Melville and party in New York city.
Thero will, however, bo a reunion of all the
Jeannette survivors in this coantry held in
Washington, as soon as Melville's party reaches
hero. They are expected to come straight
A Word to tho Growlers.
From tho Brandon (Wis.) Times.
Tho old saying that "Eepablicsaro ungrate
ful" is not without its applications in these
later days. Forgetfulncss, whero thero should
bo remembrance of past services, is becoming a
trait of mauy of tho Amorican people. In
theso 'days one can scarcely pick up a nows
paper, unless it is published by an ex-soldier,
but has a growl over tho largo pension appro
priation mado by Congress, or a congratulation
that another bill was killed that would havo
added several millions to the annual appropri
ation by raising tho pension of twentj- thou
sand veterans who had lost a limb from $21 to
$10 per month.
But there are thoso whoso memories are not
so false They can call vividly to mind tho
scenes of twenty years ago. The Nation was
then in peril. Soldiers wore wanted, and from
ovory farm and villago in the North they went
forth by tho hundreds of thousands by mil
lions, carrying with them not only tho prayers
and bl casings of a grateful pcoplo, but tho
promiso that tho gratitude of tho country
would over follow thorn ; that in tho years to
como their dangers and hardships should bo
remembered in tho most bountiful manner.
The families of thoso who foil 6honld bo ever
provided for, and those who returned would bo
tho mon of influence, and entitled to tho To
wards and emoluments that tho public had to
bestow. In fact nothing was too good to "prom
iso" tho boys, if they would only go to the field
and save tho Nation and let tho men stay at
homo and make money.
Tho boys have not forgotten thoso long
years of sorvico in tho army tho long marches,
tho smoko and firo of battlo, tho weary days
in hospital or in prison, and thoy cannot if
others do, and this ponurious growl about a
big pension bill, or other benefits conferred by
Congress, by mon who never smcllcd gunpow
der or saw a roboi " Avith his harness on " is
very apt to stir up his blood liko charging a
Wo can't seo that even at this lato day that
it is any disgraco to havo been a Union soldier,
or that becauso ono camo homo from that war
a cripplo or with broken health, having given
tho best of his lifo to his country, that ho
is a "Government pauper," if tho Nation
makes up to him, in some part, his loss. A
pension is not a gratuity to bo doled out
as town aid is to a pauper ; it is no more than
payment of what has been fairly and
honorably earned. This senseless howl about
hundreds of millions fer pensions should bo
squelched. It is tho Nation's debt and wo are
in honor bound to pay it as much as any other.
As a people wo aro ablo to deal not only hon
estly but bountifully with tho veterans of that
war, and any grumbling over tho amount now
given is too much liko a millionaire grumbling
as ho presents a quarter to tho boy who had
endangered his own lifo to save his.
Tho Queen of Spain ia again encicnte.
What the Funny FcIIoits aroSajins in the Hows
The life of a locomotive is only thirty"
years. This is another warning to inveter
ate 3raokers. Derrick.
Stoves are supposed to be a somewhat
modern invention, but the Egyptians were
warmed by Alexander the grate B. C. 300
'Will the coming man use both hands?
is a question aslced by a scientific exchange,
Yi e do not see how the coming man can use
both hands, unless the coming woman drives
A Missouri book agent piled ties across
the railroad track, ran ahead and "saved" a
passenger train, and took 120 orders from the
grateful passengers without a change of
Neighbor's pretty daughter: "How much,
is this a yard?" Draper's son, desperate
"spoons" on her: "Only one kiss." If it'a
so cheap, I will take three yards, and grand
ma will pay you,"
General McClellan criticises the English
military movements in Egypt. He says tho
generals lack decision and do not move
quickly enough. General McClellan says
that. Burlington Haxckeye.
They don't have rains out West A cloud
jnst saunters up and examines a town and
then collapses right over it. Nobody escapes
but the newspaper repoiters and the book
agen ts. Atlanta Constitution.
Not out of danger : " Good morning, Fred,"
said Brown; "how is your wife, better I
hope ? " " Yes," replied Fred ; " better, but
not out of danger. The doctor calls regu
larly every day." Boston- Transcript.
An instrument has been invented by
means of which a person can see a distance
of sixty feet under water. The man who
fishes for two hours without a bite can now
take a look and see what the trouble is.
A Lexington (Ky.) youth who went tq
work in the country, wrote his girl, a June
graduate, that he was raising a calf. Imagine
his feelings when the girl replied: "I am
glad you have begun to support yourself."
Three Chicago children have been arrested
and fined for stealing twenty-five pillows.
Those twenty-five pillows were from a sum
mer hotel, and were found concealed in one
of the boy's vest pockets. Boston Transcript.
She was a Cleveland lady, and she stood
watching a boat loaded with ice. " What ia
that boat loaded with ? " " Ice," was the re
ply. " Oh, my ! " she exclaimed, in surprise.
" If the horrid stuff should melt the water
would sink the boat!"
A valuable tree : " No, sir," said Dr. Jalap,
' I wouldn't have that apple tree cut down
for money." " But you never get any fruit
from it," argued Brown ; "the boys steal all
the apples before they are half ripe." " That's
just it," replied the doctor, with a quiet
smile ; " that tree stands me in a good thou
sand every season." Boston Transcript.
Vain regret: An honest old wood-sawyer,
whose wife waa the cause of considerable
trouble to him, met a friend on the street,
and referring to his better half, said : " When
I married my wife I loved her well enough
to eat her." And then somewhat hesitat
ingly the old man continued: "And now I
wish to the Lord I had eat her." Boston
, Precautionary: Arabi Bey to his adjutant
before retiring for the night "You have re
ceived the reports from the different com
mands?" Adjutant "I have." Arabi
"Our soldiers are securely tied, hand and
foot?" Adjutant "They are." Arabi
" Mash Allah ! I shall then have an army
to fight with in the morning." Brooklyn
Wind useless : " Remember," said Jhe ven
erable Brother Gardner, as he brought tho
proceedings of the Lime Kiln Club to a close
the other evening, "remember, as we perco
late homewards, dat while a pusson may
have a woice like a tornady an' a mouth
like a woodshed, de man who winks wid his
left eye alius gets de bes' glass of sody
water." Detroit Free Bres3.
Hindsight: "What a mothodieal fellow
you are, Brown"," said Filkins, who had
stepped into Brown's office during the lat
ter's absence. " Why, what do you mean ? "
asked Brown, who had just entered.
"Mean?" echoed Filkins; "to think that
you should lock all your drawers up when
yon aro only going out for five minutes!
'Tisn't likely that anybody would meddle
with your papers." "Of course not," replied
Brown; "but how did you find out that the
drawers were locked?" Boston Transcript.
In deep distress : A stranger paced gloomi
ly up and down Main street about seven
o'clook a night or two ago, and finally
stopped before a group of citizens. "Are all
the clothing and furnishing goods stores in
this town closed to-night?" he asked. "They
are,'' was tho sad reply. "Whero is the
nearest town where they keep open during
the evening ?" was tho next inquiry. " What's
y er trouble, anyhow ? " asked ono of the citi
zens. "Why, yer see, my suspenders have
broke down," said the thoughtful stranger,
ns he took hold of himself on each side and
moved down the street. Norwich Bulletin.
A fair protectionist: "Do tell me what all
this talk about free trade and protection
means, Henry," said- Araminta. " Yon know
I don't know anything at all of these things
pa is always talking about and it makes mo
feel awfully silly sometimes when he has
Squire Sawin and Judge Jones at the house to
dinner. I can't do anything but sit still and
play with my fingers, you know." So Henry
told her in a sort of chaotic fashion what he
knew about the subject that troubled her.
Things were getting along finely, if he had
only the courage to take advantage of them,
but ho hadn't, until sho cuddled up close to
him and said, with a sigh: "Pa believes in
free trade, but I am in favor of protection,
Henry." Henry ordered a dress suit the
very next morning. Boston Transcript.
X Great Bargain.
Wo have thoroughly examined tho Evans'
Twenty-six Shot Breech-loading Rifle, and do
not hesitate to say that, without exception, it
is ono of tho best constructed, simplest, and
most perfect breech-loading rifles for tho price
wo havo ever aeen. Owing to tho failure of the
Evans' Eiflo Company, Messrs, E. G. Eideout
& Company havo bought a large quantity of
theso Eiflcs at a prico so low that they can bo
offered at tho nominal figure of Fifteen dollars,
which is about one-half the cost of manufac
ture. Onr business experience with Messrs.
E. G. Eideout & Company has been most satis
factory, so that we do not hesitate to place their
advertisement boforo our readers, knowing all
will bo fairly and honorably dealt with,