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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, TILDKSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1882.
TrjE EDITOR'S T4BLE.
A Glance at the Contents of The
If the readers of The Tribune could gather
aromnl the cditcV's table though, come to
1-hink of it. ive should have to pk.nt that table
in the centre of :i thirty-acre field and see
what a mountain of letter-? surmounts it, they
would no loncer wonder that he cannot find
room for them all in The Tribine. And
vet he would not for the world have them stop
Writing to him. since it is from their letters
that he derives that knowledge of their wants
which enables him to make The Trib
une of such great practical service to them.
Now, we suppose there is not a single letter in
the pile that now lies before us that docs not
contain .somesentiment, or opinion, orstatement
of fact that docs not deserve publication, yet
wc shall have to content ourselves with simply
quoting a line her.- and there and making such
comment or reply as may seem to be necessary,
and those of our correspondents whoso letters
do not appear will understand, we hope, that
we are not the less grateful to them for their
Kind words of appreciation, because we cannot
thank them all individually. And now for
the letters. Let us see what treasures this
wine of correspondence contains!
Comrade Richard Lawrence, of Red Bank,
X. J., in a letter inclosing two subscriptions to
The Tribune, writes : " I would not sell the
last two numbers of The Tribine for one dollar
if they could not be replaced. The description
of Brandy wine Station battle is very good, in
deed. Even now I can stillsee thosc.lohunies as
they came down the hill to meet the First New
Jersey Cavalry, but how soon they went back
when the order was given to charge ! Well do
I remember looking down the line as Col.
Brodcrick sang out close up ' after crossing the
ditch. I think I never saw the regiment in
better line, but it was Broderick's lat charge."
Samuel Hoifman, Clinton, 111., on renewing
Ids subscription sends the names of two new
subscribers, and writes: "God speed The
Tribune, for it is the soldier's true friend."
The way to speed The Tkibuxe is for every
subscriber, when he renews his subscription, to
fojlow Mr. Hoffman's example.
A STUMP SPEECH.
Sanford Bugbee, of Canterbury, Conn., re
news his subscription, and says he thinks The
Tribune is the best paper published in the
world. He adds: "I have got one leg to stand
on yet, and so long as I can use that I shall
take your paper." Comrade Bugbee will be
glad to know that the $-10 pension bill is likely
to pass during the present session of Congress.
Here is an illustration of the work The
Tribune is doing in educating the youth of
the land: "Send me your welcome paper.
Your history of Southern prisons and battles of
the rebellion arc very interesting to my two
little bovs. As for myself, I have been there
and knew all about them." L. B. Harman,
Francis E. Burd, Hillsdale, Mich., on renew
ing liis subscription, writes: " We take quite a
number of papers, hut would not give The
Tribune for all of them, My son takes it also,
and he says it grows better and better and
that is what we all think." We are glad to
know that our subscribers have noticed the
steady improvement in the character of The
Tribune's contents; they may be sure that
the more they do to increase its circulation the
more interesting we shall try to make it.
B. F. Stilley, who says he was the first sub
scriber to The Tribune at Exeter, Nebraska,
writes us: "It seems to me that The Tribune
is the best soldiers' paper published, and if
every one would take hold of it as they Ought
to do. w- could make it a power that would
soon l-o felt." That's true as gospel, comrade
:i v'v j-'yi-g in the wilderness.
T .-- ' i "u.ird dies but never surrenders
, t T;ir: Tribune. O. F. Miller, Phila-
- i. l.i.. writes: "Enclosed please find. Si
. i p!eic send The Tribune to an
- 1 : r who took it for one year and
!il h i couid do without it, but has surren-
Ci-f ' :! sends in his dollar."
.?( i W. MeCulIough, New Millport, Pa., who
'a.. thinks he must have been in the same
J t : -vim with "Free Lance" from Blackshcar
' f"a-i ,t'i and Florence, writes: "There
: t!iiai that grieves me so much as to miss
."' srTin: Tribune in my Saturday's mail.
Wj si this happens I don't get it until the
Ti: -nlay following. If I do not find it in my
lio:. then 1 feel as sad as when I used to stand
near the gate in Florence prison and look for
the go.id rations which wo would hear were
coming, but that, alas! never came." Our edi
tion is a pretty large one, and it requires a
large force to mail it, but it is generally printed
and sent to the post office on time. We hope
jou won't have to go hungry often.
J. E. Freeman, of Aspen, Col., sends us five
subscribers, aud says The Tribune is just
what every old vet wants. He also makes a
strong argument in favor of the equalization
of bounties, and gi-es the following as his
personal experience: "I was in a nine moutlis
brigade that formed the pivot upon which the
battle of Gettysburg turned the Indiana vet
eran brigade and as I was in command of a
portion of the picket-line that slopped the ad
vance of Lee's men in their famous charge on
the 3d of July, and afterwards assisted with
my regiment the Sixteenth in charging one
of Lee's brigades, (capturing three stands of i
colors and more prisoners than we had men in
our regiment,) I think I was near the joint of
that pivot." Hot work, comrade. Can't you
manage to take a regiment or two of new sub
scribers into camp for us?
The surgeon of the .id Illinois, m subscribing
for the The Tribune kindly remarks : "The i
Tribune fills a vacancy in my reading that I
have felt for a long time. I presume there are
others here who will subscribe. Stories of tho
war are what I like to read." He adds that
he has some interesting mss. concerning the
escape of a Union prisoner from Castle Thun
der, which he is willing to send to The Trib
une. Send it along, comrade.
David Ross, Wallingford, Conn., writes: "I
am not a Grand Army man, aud perhaps never
shall be, as there is no Post in the town where
1 live. There is a Post in the city of Meriden,
six miles from here, and I have been at two of
what they call their bean-bakes. They had a
very enjoyable time, but I met none of the
oldboys that I had served with to clasp mo by
the hand, as I saw the rest doing, so I felt like
a cat in a strange garret." Well, comrade,
what arc you going to do about it. Are there
not enough ex-soldiers in Wallingford to or
ganize a Post of their own'' Suppose you get
at least ten of them more if you possibly can
to sign an application for a charter and for
ward it to The Tribune. We will see that
the Department authorities tako the necessary
steps to muster you in.
Laconic letters like the following especially
when they contain, as did this one, a club of
five subscribers cheer the editor's heart:
"The Tribune is the best paper for the ex
soldier and his friends that ever went to press,
and it grows better every week. To work,
comifides, and let us make it a grand success,
as we can by canvassing for subscribers." B.
F. Hair, Amboy, Ind.
THE RISING GENERATION.
There is a great deal of force in what Com
rade George Wetmorc, of New Haven, N. Y.,
who faced the rebel fire at Fredericksburg,
writes us concerning the education of tho ris
ing generation. He says : "1 like your paper,
and think that not only every soldier ought to
take it, but those who were not soldiers. Tho
rising generation ought to know what our army
and navy suffered to preserve tho Union, so
that they may the more fully appreciate the
times in which they live. Judging from tho
questions my children ask when reading ac
counts of battles, etc., very little is known
about the war by the younger portion of the
community." Yes, aud it is the duty of our
ex-soldiers to see that their children are edu
cated in their own faith, so that they will grow
up loyal men and women and perpetuate the
principles which triumphed in tho overthrow
of the rebellion.
U. S. Hursh, Somerset, Ind., writes that ho
has " heard a great many say that if Congress
had passed the pending pension bills instead of
the river and harbor act it would have fared
belter at the late elections," and we are in
clined to think so ourselves.
Mr. C. P. Keen, Leesburg, O., writes: "Mr.
Flesher (my partner) and myself are bitterly
opposed to tho reduction of the revenue, al
though wo are manufacturers of a proprietary
ssLisia? apj uahqggrfc of d5UST5..!Vq.rth of
revenue stamps in the course of a year. Wo
shall write to our Representative in Congress
to vote against it." Good. That is a practical
way of aiding the soldier to secure his rights.
"The Tribune costs me one dollar for fifty
two numbers. I claim it is worth ten dollars a
year to any subscriber. I hope you will soon
have your one hundred thousand. That will
be enough to start with to save the Union in
the next war. Cod save the United States aud
The National Tribune." B. MoDonnel,
Greenville. Tenn. That's so, comrade and we
believe evcrv one of our subscribers who could
shoulder a rifle would respond to The Trib
une's call for volunteers, while Senator Beck
well, Senator Beck would doubtless take an
other trip to Canada.
SIXTY YEARS OLD. BUT STILL CANVAPSING.
Here is a letter which will put to sluuncsomc
of our indolent subscribers: "Enclosed you will
find money order for two dollars. This makes
five subscribers I have sent you. 1 am about
sixty years old, and some may say that I ought
to be" reading my Bible; but nevertheless I
always find pleasure in looking over your
columns." John Lowell, Zaloski, O.
" It is the duty of every soldier to have The
Tribune in his household, not only for his own
benefit, hut for his family, as it contains many
articles of value to his wife and children."
Charles A. Parks, Sag Harbor, N. Y. Well put,
comrade. The Tkibuxe will never forget
what is due to the loyal women of the country
and the children of our veterans, and they will ' us to say that our subscribers should not con
alwavs have something more than "a corner" 1 fine their canvassing to ex-soldiers alone. Show
of The Tribune.
Charles I!. Mans, Gettysburg, O., writes:
"You are printing the right paper in the right
place at the seat of the National Government
and it has the right sound. Its history of
famous battles and its sketches of prison-life
make it worth double the subscription price.
It creates within me a more brotherly affection
for our ex-soldiers, and I sit up late into the
night to read it." Yes, the fact that The Trib
une, is published at the National Capital gives
it a decided advantage it can always keep one
eye on Congress.
" Uriah Chapman, of Forestvillc, N. Y.. who
has been waiting three years and a half for a
pension, writes: " I am very poor in pocket and
health, but I must have your paper." There
are good times coming, comrade. Look at the
number of certificates that are now being issued
every week by the Pension Office.
A practical turn of i.iixd.
Hero is a letter from a comrade of a delight
fully practical turn of mind. He writes:
"Thinking there were not as many Tribunes
taken at this office as there ought to be, I men
tioned the fact to some ex-soldiers, and as a
result I send you six new subscribers. I heard
a man say to-day that a single number of The
Tribune was worth a whole year's subscrip
tion. I will try to send you some more new
subscribers soon, as I want to help you get that
one hundred thousand beforo the 1st of Janu
ary. 1nS3, and twice that number next year."
Wish there were one hundred thousand of you,
comrade or, at anj' rate, one of you at every
Comrade John Stubbins, Cadiz, 0., sends us
three new subscribers, and says : " Wo will stand
by The Tribune and help to hold up the old
flag." And The Tribune, comrade, will stand
by you, and help to hold up to public scorn such
inveterate enemies of the soldier as Senator
"It does me good to read the G. A. R. col
umns of The Tribune and see what the dear
old boys in blue are doing all over the country.
I am glad to know that so many new Posts are
being organized, although I do not enjoy the
privilege of membership myself, as there is no
Post nearer than twenty miles from this place."
W. H. Odell, Hoosier Prairie, 111. Sorry to
hear that, comrade. Whv don't vou induce
your fellow ex-soldiers to unite with you in an
application for a charter and send it to The
Tribune? We will help you to establish a
J. S. Cortis, Burton, Kan., writes: "I am in
favor of the passage of the equalization of
bounties bill. I am not begging at all, for 1 am
a farmer in Kansas, where we raise a plenty
and to spare, but my motto is: 'Justice and
equal rights for all.' " That is The Tribune's
motto too, comrade. It proposes to knock
pretty loudly at the door of the next Congress.
Comrade John G. Rowley, Willard, N. Y.,
sends us a club of eleven subscribers and says,
"the long-felt need of a central medium
through which our veteran soldiers might be
reached is found at last in The National
Tribune.. Coming to us on Saturday after
noon, it finds us ready to lay aside the tasks of
the week and enjoy its contents."
AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER POSTS TO FOLLOW.
Comrade Edmislon, Commander of Frank
Lowry Post, No. 157, Clinton, 111., sends us live
new subscribers and says : "It is our aim to
raise a club of fifty and obtain a set of the
'Campaigns of the Civil War' for the Post."
This is an excellent idea, and it suggests an
easy way whereby every Post can provide it
self, if it chooses, with the foundation of a
"Just eighteen years ago yesterday," wfltes
James C. Haner, of Exeter, Neb., " I saw the
glorious old stars and stripes for the first time
after seven months' confinement in those
slaughter-pens of Andcrsonville and Florence,
and during all those years I have not enjoyed
a single well day." If every one of our sub
scribers, however, would do what this invalid
comrade h:is done. send us seven new sub-
scribers, perhaps The Tribune could com
pel Congress do justice to our ex-prisoneis of
"Let well enough alone" is a pretty good
rule to follow in this world, and Comrade
Lewis Wagner, Port Creek, N. Y., hits the nail
on the head when he says: "We all hope so
far as I have heard that Congress will let the
internal-revenue taxes alone, for the probability
is that it will make matters worse instead of
better. The country w:is never so prosperous
as now, and for my part I say : ' Let well
Itobert S. Moore, Fairmount Springs, Pa.,
sends us three new subscribers, and adds: "I
have set the ball a-rolling. The watchword is
'Onward,' and no thanks to Senator Ueck."
.As an amusing illustration of how some of
our subscribers feel when they fail to receive
their paper on time, we quote an extract fiom
the letter of a comrade at Wolf Store, Pa., who
sends us two new subscribers: "I had just sat
downand made myself very comfortable, prepar
atory to reading the last number of Tin: Trib
une, when, on opening it, I discovered that
through some mistake I had been scuta copy of
the previous week's isaiie. You never haw such
an angry man as I was. I shook my list, and
said 1 could whip the editor himself, if he
wasn't any stronger than I was when t came
to the Jarvis Hospital, in Baltimore, fromlJelle
Isle." Very sorry, comrade; mistakes Aill
happen in the best regulated families, and The
Tribine's is no exception. Drop in some day,
when the fighting editor is at home.
A CHAMPION CLUR KAISER.
Where there's a will there's a WiTy, and
comrade John iKMaxim.Wcst Wareham, Mass.,
writes: "I received a copy of The Tribune,
and liked it so much that I made up my mind
to subscribe, so I took the paper and carried it
around the factory where I now work, and it
was not long befoie I had fifteen names (with
mine), and the X'romi.-e of more soon." Down
you go, comrade, on our roll of honor as one of
our champion club-raisers.
Now just read this: "A poor crippled soldier
stopped me on the street and said to me: I
hear you arc taking subscriptions for The Na
tional Tribune, the soldiers' paper.' 1 told
him that 1 was, and he gave mo the enclosed
dollar, and added, Please send for it right
away.' " There's many a maimed but gallant
veteran on The Tribune's roll.
N. li. Knox, Schroon Lake, N. Y., renews his
subscription, and sends three others with it for
happiness, as well as misery, loves company. Ho
says : " I cannot do without The Tribune. I
think it is the best paper printed, not only for
the soldier, but for any one who takes an inter
est in his welfare."
Comrade Silas B. Tower, Chaplain Post No.
19, Lyndon, Kan., sends us ten new subscribers,
and says: "The real truth is, comrades find tho
best rations in The Tribune they have tasted
since '03. God bless The Tribune." Wanted by
The Tribune a "fighting parson" in every
J. W. Springer, Laclede, 111., sends us six new
subscribers aud says he agrees with The Trib
une that the internal revenue taxes ought not
be repealed, especially those on whiskey and
patent medicines. Ho makes tho very perti
nent observation that " if the tax were taken
off patent medicines the manufacturers would
not give the consumer any more medicine for
Comrade D. V. Mitller, West Union, Iowa,
sends us three new subscribers, and says:
"Hereafter let us be wide awake and keep our
batteries double-shotted with grape." liy all
means; and as you say your Post Abornclhy,
No. 18-notv numbers sixty uicinbcrs, it sccni3
to us that it ought to furnish a fresh supply of
ammunition for The Tribune. Did you read
that interview with Commander-in-Chief Yau
dervoort in last week's issue ?
A. Barney, Sax City, Iowa. who3e health was
broken down in the army, and whose applica
tion for a pension is still pending, writes: "I
like to read the letters from the old soldiers,
and 1 am glad that they have such a friend in
The Tribune." Yes, and The Tribune
I wants to feel that it has a friend m every ex
"The National Tribune has the ring of
the right metal. May its voice ring out over
the mountains and valleys of the East and the
plains of the West and the country be made to
feel that the soldier has rights which it ought
to respect." D. Z. Condrey, Oblong. 111. That
depends upon whether there are strong arms at
the bell rope. Lay hold, comrades.
they a i i. mice it.
So if. seems it is not the soldier alone who
finds The Tkibuxe interesting. Read this:
" 1 enclose one dollar to renew my subscription
and three dollars for three new subscribers.
The latter weie never soldiers, but I handed
them a copy of The Tribune and they were
all very much interested in Free Lance and
Little Bed Cap's stories about Andcrsonville.
They thought it an excellent paper not only
for the soldier but for the civilian. I myself
prize it above all other papers." Freeman A.
Smith. Provincetown. ila- And this reminds
The I ribune to your neighbors generally and
try to induce then; to subscribe.
"Enclosed please find $1 for your paper,
which by chance found its way to my 'int. I
hope that you will let a stranger come in." E.
B. Lukcns, Graysville, Ohio. Of course we will.
Here's a corner for you right off. Make your
self at home and stay as long as you like.
Comrade J. S. Povcll, lloopeston, Ills., is one
of Tin: Tribune's most energetic club raisers,
ne sends us ten new subscribers, and adds :
" Will have another club in a few days. The
above are all G. A. R. boys, and all say that
they can't live without Tin: Tkibi ne." We
want about one hundred thousand just-like-comrade-Powell
veterans to canvass for The
"One bv one," writes Comrade Alex. C. Ray,
adjutant of E. B. Wolcott Post, 'No. 1, Mil
waukee, Wis., " our old comrades are falling
into line, and I trust they will swell the ranks
of subscribers to your valuable paper until not
a soldier of the Union shall be found among
the stragglers, and then with a linn step ami
shoulder to shoulder we will match on to vic
tory as in the days of '01 to '05." That's the
soil of talk wo like to hear laggards to the
David .1. Garrett, Leon, Iowa, in renewing
his subscription, takes occasion to say: " Being
specially interested in everything that pertains
to the welfare of the boys in blue, 1 can't do
without The Tribune. 1 appreciate your
labors in their behalf through the advocacy of
the arrears of pension and equalization of
bounties bills, etc." Yes, we do not believe any
of our readers think that the work The Trib
une is doing will prove to bo "love's labor
lost." . ;
A. Gibson, Mali one, N. Y., sends us two more
new subscribers, and says: "If you could see
me, you would not ask me to make any exer
tion, but I will do all I can cheerfully." We
ask nothing more, comrade; you have shown
your appreciation of The Tkibuxe in a very
practical way, and we shall not forget it.
REMINISCENCES OF ANDERSONVILLE.
We are constantly receiving letters from ex
prisoners giving their personal recollections
some of them very inteiesting but our space
is too limited ft) admit of their publication at
present. Thus, comrade Dennis Coslcllo, Hart
ley, N. Y., who was a member of the Ninety
sixth New York volunteers, aud spent seven
months at Andcrsonville, writes us a vivid ac
count of his experiences there and at Camp
Lawton, whence he was finally taken to Sa
vannah h,nd paroled, mentioning, among other
memorable incidents, tho smash-up which oc
curred to the train which carried the prisoners
fiom Andcrsonville. We have read the letter
with a great deal (if interest, and the three
new subscriptions Avhich it contains is a sub
stantial proof of tho writer's appreciation of
Comrade Alphonso Dunfield, Buffalo, W. Ya..
says The Tkibuxe comes to him like a nies
senger of mercy, and asks us to keep the recruit
whose subscription he encloses "well supplied
with cartridges." We'll do that, comrade,
.hist keep sending on the recruits, and The
Tribune will see that they don't run short of
Thco. Loring, Cortland, 111., writes: "Hav
ing devoted four years of faithful service as a
soldier in the late rebellion to sustain a free
government and protect the homes and fire
sides of those who were left behind, it would
be doing myself injustice to say that 1 was not
a friend of the soldier, or not in favor of the
party or press whoo principles were in har
mony with the best interests of the Nation
and embraced tho fulfillment of the solemn
promises made to the rank and file of the Cnion
armies," and so he subscribes for The Trib
une, like a true comrade.
Here is a compliment to The Tribuxe
which every old tar will appreciate: "I like
the fearless way in which you send in your
broadsides. Get on the springs to your cable
so we can warp her broadside to and pour in
shot and shell until they surrender to justice.
Yo'urs, so long as there is a shot in the locker,
J. W. Dinsmore, Upton, Mich." Comrade Dins
more served in the Mexican war :is well ;is in
tho rebellion, and his health was ruined in a
Southern prison-pen and no pension yet.
A SAMPLE SOLDIER'S BIOGRAPHY.
Hero is a sample soldier's biography, con
densed from a letter of George J). Hunter,
Yiroqua, Wis. : Captured while on picket duty,
after going through seven days' battle of the
Wilderness without receiving anything worse
than a scratch from a miuie-ball in the neck;
robbed of valuables and clothing, aud marched
seventy miles to the door of Libby prison;
comrade shot down by guard forgoing too near
the window; kicked, gagged and lashed for
selling a pair of boots for a sick comrade ; went
in weighing 155 pounds; came out weighing
S3 pounds; father, uncle and two cousins
starved to death down there; he alone lived to
reach home and tell the ghastly story; now
receives the magnificent stipend of SI per
month from the Government. Cut this out
and paste it in your hat, Senator Beck.
Here is Order No. I from David Palmer,
Reynolds Post, No. 17, Maynard, la.: " Wo are
going to prepare for a winter campaign, and
we want every soldier to the front. No strag-
This is what a mere boy accomplished for
The Tribune the other day: " Last Saturday
my father told me to go out and get some sub
scribers, and I did so and got nine. I propose
this morning to get another." This is from
Carl Sherman, Paola, Kan., whose father was
in the McCook raid and was hunted by the
confederate bloodhounds. He is the son of a
veteran, therefore, and worthy of his sire.
Comrade W. E. Thorp, Commander of Joe
Hooker Post, "No. 20, Hart, Mich., writes us
this stirring letter: "We all think The Trib
uxe is the bast soldier's paper published, and
as the proof of the pudding is in tho eating, so
we prove our faith in The Tribune by the
enclosed postal order for $11 for as many new
subscribers." Joe Hooker Post takes the right
of the line. Next!
.7. A. Baker, Addison, N. Y., writes us at
length concerning the injustice of limiting the
benefits of the arrears of pension to those whoso
applications were filed prior to July 1, li-0,and
also makes a strong argument in favor of the
equalization of bounties. Ho says in conclu
sion : " I now would say to all my old fellow
soldiers and comrades, ' Let us rally around
the paper which is advocating our cause and
working for our rights The National Trib
une." Comrade J. M. Hohbs, company A, Twentieth
Ohio, sends us a good story which wo reserve
for The Tribune Camp-fire which wo hope to
kindle shortly. We aro always glad to get
short, bright, and humorous anecdotes of army
A GOOD PRESCRIPTION.
Surgeon H. C. Stephenson, of Custer Post,
No. 5, Grand Rapids, Mich., writes that The
Tribune was a great comfort to him all of the
fore part of last summer while he was confined
to his bed by his old army wound. Wo arc
glad to hear it and trust he will recommend all
his comrades in Custer Post to try the same
"If tho Utica JTcrnUl is a soldier's paper I do
not want any such." T. F. Tuttle, Turin, N.
Y. This is but one out of many letters which
we have received in denunciation of the HcrakVs
recent brutal attack on our pensioners. It is
needless to say that no soldier ought to counte
nance such a paper or lend it support in any
Comrade Albert Swift, of Henry Rogers Post
No. 11. Brownsdale,Minn., writes us that there
is a small company of old soldiers in t-iic vicin
ity of Rose Creek, Minn., who have had tho
subject of Post organization under considera
tion for some time, but although supplied with
the necessary instructions from headquarters,
have not as yet. applied for a charter. Sorry
to hear that;" will not some of The Tribune's
lieutenants in Minnesota look into the matter
and wade into Rose Creek?
"J. S.," who is a member of Kenesaw Post,
at Danville. 111., sends us two subscribers and
remarks: "This makes nine subscribers in
our Post, and many more will be added to your
lisfbefore long. 1 hope the day is not far dis
tant when every soldier will know who his
friends are." Comrades of Kenesaw Post, tho
rations are ready for you.
A subscriber to Tin: Tribune from its first
isue, writes us from Utica, denouncing Mr.
Ellis H. Roberts, the editor of the Utica Ilcmld,
in piet tj- strong not too strong, but just strong
enough terms, and the deeper we go into our
mail-bag the more unpopular editor Roberts
seems to grow. By the way, are there no G. A.
l. Posts in Utica? And if there are, what have
they got to say about his wholesale abuse of our
INTERESTING FROM BEGINNING TO END.
"The Tribune is interesting from begin
ning to end." S. 31. Childs, Chagrin Falls, O.
That covers the whole ground.
James li. Noble, Hopkins Station, Mich., who
was in the Twelfth and afterwards the Twenti
eth Corps, under Geary, writes that if (hose wl o
think the Government ought not to do so much
for our soldiers were forced to endure what they
did they would sing a different tune. lie adds:
"I put in almost three years and I am so seri
ously disabled thai I can only do half a day's
work, but if the Government were in danger I
would volunteer again and I wouldn't guard
any straw stacks either, but light like h 1.
It makes my blood boil when T think how our
boy.-, were used. I belonged to the )ne Hundred
and Forty-ninth New York and I-should like to
hear from some of the old boys. If I can do any
thing for your paper or tho soldier let mo
know." You are the sort of a man, comrade, to
get up a big club of subscribers for The Trib
une, and in that way help the soldier too. We
.shall expect to hear from you soon.
In a letter inclosingthreencw subscribers for
The Tribune, Comrade D. Palmer, of Coal
City, 111., says: "I consider that no soldier
has done his duty until he has got all of his
friends and acquaintances to subscribe for the
paper which is advocating his cause and fight
ing for his rights." Wish they all felt as you
31 is. Lucy Potts, Oak field, Wis., renews her
subscription, and also sends us a new subscriber.
She says she thinks it is "everybody's duty to
work faithfully for the increase of The Trib
une's circulation all over the Union." This is
fresh evidence of the interest which the loyal
women of the land take in The Tribune
J.J. Snyder, of Lyle, Washington Territory,
sends us two subscriptions to The Tribune,
and writes in glowing terms of the climate and
resources of tho country. He says there is
enough homestead land for 2.000 families five
miles fiom tho Columbia river, and churches
and Sunday-schools have already been estab
lished. Not a settler has died there since his
arrival, and he enjoys splendid health. All of
which is confirmed by what othershave written.
Comrade John Regan, Eurithamptou, Mass.,
sends us two new subscribers and adds: "I
still try to pick up the right kind of vets.
Those who have been under heavy fire are the
best. They take to The Tribune at first
sight." Naturally. You can't pass a raw re
cruit oil on them for a veteran and The
Tribune is a veteran, sure enough.
W. D. Porter, Gohecnville, Pa., renews his
subscription, and takes occasion to say that, in
bis opinion. The Tribune should find a place
in every soldier's home. He adds: "Justice
will never be meted out to the soldier in gen
eral till the equalization of bounties bill is
passed." That's so; and if our ex-soldiers
want to hasten the passage of that bill let them
rally to the support of its principal advocate
working hand in hand.
Will IT. Slonaker, Coopcrstown, Pa., who sends
us five new subscribers, declares that the boys all
think The Tribune is the best paper publish
ed, and adds that they expect to organize a If.
A. II. Post then' in a couple of weeks. Thus it
is that The Tribune and the Grand Army
are working hand in hand.
Commander Powell, of Colonel ,T. M. Patter
son Post, No. 151, Pittsburg, Pa., sends The
Tribuxe the names of five new subscribers,
and adds : "As we have '.125 members, I may be
able to send you a lot more." Yes, every one
of the 325 ought to be a subscriber to TiieTrib
uxe. "Ilikoyour paper. Give it to them hot
especially Senator Peck. I was a soldier for
three years, and lost my leg almost at the close
of the war."' Thos. Taylor, Emlcnton, Pa.
Comrade Tavlor sends us ten new subscribers,
and we want some more just like him to "take
the stump" for The Tribune in Pennsylvania.
Camrade Philip Franklin, Neptune, Ohio,
sends us two subscribers and writes: "lam
now in the field for The Tribuxe and expect
to stay there so long as it stands by the sol
dier's interests, as it is now doing." Then you
may as well make up your mind to "enlist for
the war," comrade.
In forwarding three new .subscriptions Joseph
Snyder, Olmsted, Ohio, asks us to particularly
call the attention of the Hon. AmosTownsend,
member of Congress from his district to the
much talked of -10 pension bill. Mr. Town
send should inform his constituents how he
stands on this question.
Ah ! we thought we should find at least one
Christmas present in this pile of letters. Austin
Brothers, Minerva, Stark county, O., writes us:
".Merry Christinas to you. Please enroll my
name among those who have sent a new sub
scriber as a Christmas ji resent to the editor
of The Tribune. Comrades, to the front ! Let
us use our utmost endeavors to aid the editor
of the The Tkibuxe in extending tho circula
tion of the soldier's best friend. We cannot
too highly recompense one who is so nobly de
fending our rights. I repeat, soldiers, to the
front!" Happy New Year, comrade.
A champion club raiser.
Comrade A. I). Launder, Zanesville, O., sends
us ton new subscribers making in all sixty
seven which he has sent us aud says we will
hear from him again next week. Think of it,
comrades sixty-seven new subscribers from
one canvasser! There's an inspiration for you.
Well, well! Here's another Christmas present
for tho editor, which Comrade G. H.Damon,
Paw Paw Grove, 111., sends us in the shape of
two new subscriptions in addition to his own.
"When The Tribune does not come on Sat
urday,'" he writes, "1 think the belt must have
slipped off somewhere." It wont very often in
Capt. li. H. Baldwin, Montvillc, O., is among
those of our subscribers who wrote to their
members of Congress on the 1-tth inst, against
tho proposed reduction of internal revenue
taxes. His representative, bv the way, is the
Hon. E. II. Taylor, of General Garfield's old
district. We are also indebted to the Captain
for five now subscribers.
Here is another comrade who sends us a new
subscriber at the same time that he renews his
own subscription A. H. Wood, Painted Post,
N. Y., who writes: " The National Tribune
is very popular with the few surviving soldiers
of this place, death having thinned their ranks
sadly, and most of them dying from disease
contracted in tho army." The old, old story
hut Senator Heck will not listen.
Comrade J. 11. Osborn, Ogdensburg, N. Y.,
sends us one new subscriber, and remarks:
" This is my ojj that you asked for. As a com
rade in my company said at Gettysburg, after
taking a reb. oil" a fence in front of our line,
'let every man doas much, and the war ends at
Gettysburg.' So I say let all your friends do
as much, and you will have your 100,000 by
January 1st." But they aro not all sharp
shooters that's the trouble, Comrado.
"I will put in all my spare time this winter
trying to do good to ot heirs by getting them to
subscribe to Tin: National Tribune it
can't bo beat." That is tho opinion of
Comrade W. H. Trimmer, of Bunker Hill,
Kan., who, notwithstanding that he Is "an old
'01 boy, and deaf in both ears," has succeeded
in securing two new subscribers for us.
Even Jin Utah, the paradise of the Mormons,
The Tribune has a goodly number of sub
scribers, and Comrado T. Short, of Ilarrisville,
writes us that ho is going to obtain somo moro
for us. His principles were baptized in blood
at Cold Harbor.
Commander Munshower, of Dick Lambert
Post, No. 105, of Ironton, O.. writes that Pat
rick Donuhae, late private of Company F, One
Hundred and Eightj--eighth Pennsylvania
volunteers, win have his two discharges by
writing to him, as tho discharges wero found
and placed iu his caro us Commander of the
Probable Disbursements Under the
Arrears Act and $40 Bill.
In response to Senate resolutions of the Gth
and Sth insts., heretofore published in these col
umns, Secretary Teller, of the Interior Depart
ment, has transmitted the following letter from
the Commissioner of Pensions, which, in view
of the false and malicious statements put forth
by such papers as the New York Herald, Sun,
and Tribune, and the Utica Jleridd concerning
the cost of tho arrears of pension act and the
pending $10 pension bill, will be found of great
Department of the Interior,
Washington, D. C, December 1G, 1SS2.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the
receipt of Senate resolution dated December C,
aud the amendment thereto, dated December
d, instant, calling for certain information on
the. subject of pensions, and submit herewith
j my report upon the same, so far as it is prac-
I ticable to collate the matter at present.
First. The number of pensioners on the roll
December 1, 1S.-J2, is estimated at 2!)1,G5G, with
an annual value of $30,013,000.
Second. The number of applications for pen
sions pending and the number on the rejected
files December 1, instant, arc shown by the
several classes in the following table:
Applications pend- i s
"' o u
m . u
Class. - j; 3
a js. "
to t. a S a 2
i 5 o P- c
O a H A H
Invalids 200.0ST. 21,412 230,107 33.SS3 2ftt,3c0
Widows, &c. l2,:fc; 233 fc!,339 Sl.Ml S7,220
Invalid's 1,901 47 2,570 2,135 4,605
AVidowi, fcc 311 2 313 1,310 1,632
"War of 112:
Survivors 121 121 9,027 9,151
Widows 1,23 1,23S 8,55s 9,790
Total 275,07s 22,123 297,201 79,53 376,734
To state the number of cases on the rejected
files which may in the future be subject to a
re-examination is so purely conjectural that I
can only venture to give an opinion upon the
Perhaps one-third of the whole number will
again receive the consideration of the ollice
upon additional testimony, but not more than
10 per cent, of this number, it is estimated, will,
upon such reconsideration, receive favorable
In a large proportion of the whole number
of rejected cases there will, as heretofore, bo
The rule of practice now observed by the
office is this :
No case should be rejected until every availnble
source of information has been exhausted, unless
the rejection bo clearly np,on legal points; and no
claim hcrenfler rrjfrterf will be reopened excejtt upon
new nnil material t vidence going to the cause of rejec
tion. ( Killing of Commissioner of Pensions, Octo
ber o, Ibdlj
COST OF THE ARREARS ACT.
Third. The persons who wero entitled'ro the
benefits of the arrears of pension acts of Jauu
uary 25 and March 3, lbTi), may be divided into
two classes, the first embracing those who were
granted pensions prior to the date of the first
named act, and the commencement of whose
pensions was governed by the limitation of the
statutes then in force, and the second class,
who had at the same date an application for
pension "pending, or who did, prior to July 1,
1S0, apply for pension.
The amount paid for arrears to the first class
is $2'I,72fi,155.5U, and to the second class,
73,103,351. -IS ; being a total disbursement for
arrears from January 25, 1S79, to December 1,
ltiS2, of i) 7,b) 1 ,506.93.
Fou rth. To state the probable amount which
may in the future be paid for arrears of pen
sion, under the provisions of existiiVjH'hws, is so
problematical that it is with hesitaufon I make
even an estimate. But in doing so I wish to
append the information afforded by the records
of the office, upon which I base an opinion.
Of the late war invalid-pension claims filed
prior to July 1, 1;70, 71 per cent, have already
been allowed, and as 2.3 per cent, of the cases
of this class admitted during the fiscal year
just closed were filed during the period stated,
it is fair to presume that the percentage of ad
missions will be still further increased. On
this basis, especially for the reason that a large
percentage of the widows' class have received
favorable action, it would seem safe to assume
that nO per cent, of the late war invalid claims
filed prior to July 1, lbc'O, will receive favor
There are now on the files 253,6 IS pending
and rejected late war claims which were filed
prior to July 1, 1SS0, and allowing 20 per cent,
for rejection, there would be 202,919 for admis
sion and entitled to the benefits of tho arrears
If these should be placed on the pension roll
simultaneously, the amount of arrears on the
present value of each case allowed would be, in
the aggregate, in round numbers, $201,795,000.
On the same proposition, it would increase
the present roll of pensioners from 291,65(5 to
191.575, and tho annual value of tho whole roll
from $30,013,000 to (iu round numbers)
PROPOSED INCREASE OF PENSIONS.
Fifth. The class of persons to be benefited
by House bill 1110, now before the Senate, are
those who have lost one hand, one arm, one
foot, or one leg; also those who are now receiv
ing a penson for a disability equivalent to any
of those first named. The law now in force
provides a pension to the several classes enume
rated, as follows:
The loss of one hand or one foot, at the rate
of $18 per month.
The amputation of an arm or a leg at or
above the elbow or knee, at the rate of $21 per
For a disability which is equivalent to tho
loss of a hand or a foot, the rate of $1S per
Total inability to perform any manual labor,
at the rate of $21 per mouth.
Total disability which requires the aid and
attendance of another person, when tho disa
bility is not permanent in this degree, at tho
rate of $31.25 per month.
Loss of one hand and one foot, or totally dis
abled in the same, at the rate of $36 per month.
Amputation at tho hip-joint, at tho rate of
$37.50 per month.
From an analysis of tho pension roll of the
ten accurately reported (out of eighteen) agon
cies, it is shown that 5.22 per cent, of the invalid
pensioners borne thereon are in receipt of a
pension for amputations described in tho pend
ing bill ; also the number who aro receiving such
pension for the loss of a hand or an arm, or a
foot or leg.
Applying this ratio to the whole number of
invalid pensioners on the roll, it would show
For loss of hand or arm,
For loss of foot or leg
In tho reports beforo mentioned, received
from the pension agents, four of them specify
tho surgical point of amputation, and, accept
ing the same as a basis for a division of classes,
the following statement will show an estimate
of the whole number who come within the de
scription of the bill so far as relates to amputa
tion, giving the number who have lost one
hand and who are now receiving $13 per month,
those who have lost one arm and who aro now
receiving $21 per month, those who have lost
one foot and who aro now receiving $1S per
month, and those who have lost one leg aud
aro now receiving $21 per month, together with
thoso who have lost one hand and one foot, and
those who have amputation at tho hip-joint,
receiving $36 and $37.50 per month, respect
ively ; also the proposed net monthly increase
and the net annual increase for each class from
their present rate to that of $40 .per month.
There are, therefore, of this class (amputa
tions) 9,1S2, with a total net annual increase, if
House bill 1-110 should become a law, allowing
$40 per month, of $2,021,244.
This number will diminish from year to year
as it is raro that a new pension is now allowed
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The following statement shows the number
who aro in receipt of a pension on account of
disabilities equivalent to the amputations men
tioned, and such others as may bo affected by
the bill in question ; also the annual value of
the increase, provided this class should be al
lowed $-10 per month :
8,817 now receiving 18 per month, and
the net increase will be $2,303,603
1,552 now receiving $21 per mouth, and
the net increase will be 297,081
232 now receiving S3 1. 23 per month, and
the net increase will be 21,376
II now receiving ;3G per mouth, and tho
net increase will be 672
2S0 are ollicers above the rank of first
lieutenant, and tho estimated net. in
crease will be. e0.f?0
In all 10,923. and a net annual increase of $2,716,-
320 for equivalent disabilities.
This estimate is to the close of the last fiscal
year, and as the resolution calls for an estimate
for the future as well, I separate those purely
estimated from those compiled from the records.
An examination of 20,000 original cases re
cently allowed shows that 2.7 per cent, of the
same received a pension wherein the current
rate was at and above $LS per month aud less
than .1U per month. This does not refer to
amputations, as it is rare that a pension is now
claimed for the same. Assuming that 30,000
claims of this class should be allowed during
the current year, together with the increase
allowed bringing others within the same de
scription, the annual increase during the pres
ent year would be augmented by this cla$
some $-150,000, which, added to $2,716,320, would
make a total increase for equivalent disabilities
Another proposition presented by the resolu
tion is the probable number of pending cases
which would be affected and added to the roll.
There were, July 1, lac2, 207,651 invalid
claims on file. Allowing twenty per cent, for
rejection, there would remain 166,117 as likely
to be admitted ; deduct from this the 30,000
estimated for this year, which has entered into
the former calculation, and there would remain
130,1-17. The same ratio of 2.7 per cent, for
rates at and above $l.- per month and less than
$10 would give an estimated net increase in
value under the provisions of this bill of $S92.
000. The increase from lower rates up to those
which would bring them within the same de
scription would not vary very materially from
the losses to the roll by death
ANNUAL VALUE OF THE PENSIONS.
Sixth. The number of pensioners on the roll
Juno 30. 16d2, who were receiving $d per
month and tho fractional rating of $1S per
month, with the present annual value, is as
20,071 at SS per month
(,2t9 at 10 per month....
9,209 at $12 per month....
2,Stil at $14 per month
1,101 at $10 per month....
To increase these proportionately with the
$18 and $2-1 class would bring tho rates up to
$15, $20, $25, $30, and $35 per month, as near
as thoy could be equitably estimated. Tho net
annual incrca-o for these rates wonld be as
29,071, now receiving $3 per month, to $15
6,219, now receiving $10 per month, to
$20 per month
9,209, now receiving $12 per month, to
$25 per montli
2,861, now receiving $11 per month, to
l,10f, now receiving $16 per mouth, to
$35 per month
This would increase the annual value
of the roll $5,129,724
To estimate the number and amount involved
on this scale of increase to pending cases whichr"
inay be hereafter allowed involves more diffi-BL
culties for a satisfactory estimate than those
already made. I submit this, however, on the
following basis :
Twenty-seven per cent, of those now on the
roll are in receipt of the rates referred to.
Take the 166,1-17 claimants before estimated as
likely to be allowed a pension out of the pend
ing claims now before the office, and the same
rates would give 4 1,559 as likely to receive a
pension of $d, and the intermediate grades of
$10, $14, and $16 per month, and the annual
net increase over the annual rates now pro
vided by law would be $1d,600,000.
Seventh. The number of pensioners on tho
roll for total deafness is 125 where such, dis
ability is not complicated with another for
which pensioned. I am at present without
data which enables me to make an estimate of
those who arc receiving a pension on account
of partial deafness; also, for the same reason,
to present an estimate for those who are pen
sioned for impaired vision less than total loss t
I am unable to give figures showing tho
number who are actually granted an increase
of their pension to $1S, per month other than
for loss of limb, but submit the statement
that the death rate and increase from $18 to a
higher rate Avill not very materially differ.
The resolution, in conclusion, calls for a list
of names of all persons borne on the pension
rolls, classified according to their post-offico
addresses by States and couuties, the amounts
paid annually to each, aud the disability for
which the pension was granted, giving the date
when they wero placed on the rolls. As tho
same provides that tho other information
called for shall not bo delayed by reason of this
latter requirement, I submit the report with
that exception. I will add that this list of
pensioners will bo furnished with the least
possible delay, and that arrangements are being
made for its speedy collection.
I am, sir, very respectfully,
W. W. Dudley,
Commissioner of Pensions.
Hon. ITenry M. Teller,
Secretary of tho Interior.
TWENTY-SEVEN RECRUITS FOR THE TRIBUNX
To the Editor National Tribune :
Halt! Who goes there? A friend with
the countersign. Advance, friend! Softly, I
have twenty-seven recruits to rally around
the truths and words of cheer and matters o?
particular intorest to the boys of the old
army and navy, spoken out iii words not
to bo misunderstood by the eighty-ton gun
The National Tribune. I have been
skirmishing around among the boys pretty
lively for one who only subscribed him
self two weeks ago. Please find enclosed money
order for twenty-seven subscribers to your
valuable paper. 1 owe it to Comrade Kelly, of
our Post Kobert O. Tyler, No. 50 that I am a
subcriber. My only regret is that he did not call
my attention to the paper long ago. It will bo
my aim in the future to get as many recruits
as 1 possibly can. Comrades aro getting up
clubs all around me " the woods aro full of
them." Our Post had a big Cainp-firo last
week. Posts from the city and neighboring
towns wero invited. Thoy responded in largo
numbers and wo had a jolly time; every mo
ment was enjoyed. Songs, interspersed with
(smoke, you can bet) speeches, recitations, and
stories. Several comrades from other States
were present. Consxicuous among the number
was Comrado Parsloe, of Buffalo, N. Y., and he
kept us very merry with recitations, &c The
festivities were kept up until a late hour, tho
comrades entering heartily into tho " feast of
reason aud flow of soul " spread for them, and
wo went homo well pleased. My first word to
you, comrades, wherever you may be, is:
" Don't weary in well doing, aud get all tho
boys you can to take the veteran's defender."
And my last word "induce them, by all means
m your power, to join tho Graud Army of tho
.Republic." Now, say you will, boys !
Yours, in F., C. aud L.,
Wm. M. Rogers.
Hartford, Conn., Dec. IS.
A fall during a high flight: "Gentlemen of
the jury," was the impassioned peroration of a
lawyer in a city court a few days ago, " God
knows my client is innocent, and what is moro
to the purpose, I know it!" JSiew York Mail
and Express. . .