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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: "WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1883.
TJjE EDITOR'S TBLE,
A Glance at the Contends of The
The Tribute's mail keeps on increasing,
and Monday brought us nearly, if not quite,
one thousand letters. To publish them all
would be, of course, a physical impossibility,
and the editor must content himself, therefore,
-with making a few brief extracts from such as
seem to him most likely to interest his readers.
It mil So seen that they nearly all speak in
glowing terms of the Tkibuxe and contain
pledges of substantial support. And now, with
out further waste of precious space, lot us glanco
at the Jotters themselves.
" 1 have been a subpcriber to Tun Tnimr.vn for a
your, and hojie that my name may Iks nlwas on
your roll. Out West here we are just as willing to
fall into line as ever. "We have orgnnizci n O. A.
K. Post with a meiutarshipof '26, ami hope toswell
it io 100 toon. I have lieen tliinkiiif while writing
that it is now over 20 years mi ice 1 left home tc help
put down the rebellion. 1 ra a member of the
'f wciily-foiirlh Iowa, ( "ompany l'and we had about
300 moil when we marched out of our town, as
nroud a comiNuiv as ever went forth to battle.
Wliereare the memlers of that company to-day?
Uut few returned, anl those who did look old and
feeble. Their hair is crey and their backs ore
bowed with age. Still they try hard to earn a liv
ing, and dream of what the Government has prom
ised litem. I myself have spoilt nlxmt 00 to
secure evidence in support of my pension claim, and
if I had been on trial, and the evidence was as strong
against me as it is in this ease in my favor, I should
certainly have been sent to jail or hung long since."
.loecph It. Dana, Tekoniah. Xeb.
Doubtless; yet tlicro aro nowspapers'which
seem to think that all a soldier has to do in
order to secure a pension is to drop a line to the
Commissioner, and that consequently there
must bo many thousands of fraudulent cases on
tho rolls. Their malice is only equalled by
"We have taken your piTpcr for a year, and like
it very much. I am the daughter of a soldier, I).
1Z. SlcDougall, who was wounded three times dur
ing his service, and have succeeded in gcttiug four
new subscribers for The Tjiibunu. 1 am trying to
get enough to pay for that dictionary which was
advertised in yonr'paper." Jeannellc McDougnll,
b'elina City, California.
Miss McDougall is not the only soldier's
daughter who is canvassing for The Tjubvjne,
but we could wish the roll was larger than it is.
The ladies are not excluded from the- ranks of
The Tribute's Grand Army.
" Enclosed please find 57 for seven new subscribers
toTiiETitiBt'XE. I hope to secure a subscription
from every member of our Post John V. Geary,
Xo. 15. A"e have GS members, and arc still in
creasing in numbers." William 3lorto:i, Cotton
wood Kails, Kansas.
That's a good number to start with, and if
each one of the seven will secure seven more.it
wont take long to fill the quota for your Post,
comrade. Fight it out on this line it wont
take you all summer and sec if The Tribute
doesn't make it easier to raise recruits for John
W. Geary Post,
"Enclosed please find one dollar to renew my
subscription to your invaluable paper. It is the
best jolliers' iaper extant, and its columns are full
of encouraging new? for our veterans. 1 am one
of the lxys of '61, and I have, had a taste of the hor
hors of Libby Prison and Uelle Isle. I am not a
pensioner, but I hope you will continue to throw
solid shot into the lialls of Congress until our Itep
rcsentatives pass the bill for the equalization of
bounties." George S. Anderson, Rossville, Teim.
If you want to see the equalization of boun
ties bill become a law, you should turn in and
help to raise au army of one hundred thousand
subscribers for The Tribune.
" I liave 1een a reader of The Nation at, TninuxE
for a numlh?r of years, and in my opinion it is bet
tor than all the lier soldier pajx-rs combined. Old
hoMRm's you who supported the Stars and Stripes
when the. bulk is rattled around you like hail
stones Tub Na.tio.nai. Tkibitxk is your best friend.
It works hard w right your wrongs and to secure
voi,,-ja-t dues from the Government." David W.
Wite.n.is, Cej:f lcville, N. Y.
That's a call to battle, sure enough. Drum
the skulkers outor camp and throw out a strong
"I have licon very much interested in your noble
paper Mid be'rieve il to he the duty as well as to Ihc
interest of every ex-oldier of the late war to sub
scribe for a journal which champions the rights of
those who s&ved the country And made possible the
free institutions which we are now enjoying. As
an earnest of my intentions 1 enolo.-e a check for 54
for four new subscribers." William A. Slonuc,
That's a convincing argument and one that
can't be employed too oflen. If every ex-soldier
would back his opinions in this style The
Tm bune's mission would soon be accomplished.
"Hnvinir now been a constant reader of The
Tiunryn iir the last year I am pretty well statir.ficd
that your paper is what it claims to be a true friend
of the soldier, and that it will prove to be excellent
reading for all ex-soldiers who may subscribe for it.
I am alsotpersuaded that it is the duty of all com
rades of tie Grand Army who are able to subscribe
for it tO'do so, and thereby sustain such a strong
advocate of their rights. 1 took your paper last
year in Partnership with another comrade to save
cxpenscjbut I am now willing to go the whole hog,
t?o that X can loan it to those of my comrades who
do not ffcl able to subscribe. I hope to send you a
large luA of subscribers soon." P. G. Ingalls, Wash
Thei-e is nothing which affords so much cn-
courapjement to the editor as the fact that
nearly all his old subscribers arc renewing
their subscriptions for another year. There
ought; to be no deserters from The Tribune's
" Enclosed find 52 for two subscribers my con
IrilHiiioti towards that Christinas present you spoke
of in your last issue. The boys all want Tun Tkib
rxKjllioiigh some of them are alow to 'ante up.'"
21. . Beamau, licaman, Iowa.
Rsrhaps some of the boys haven't the chips
but it's a dollar " limit " game, and it seems to
ns.that every ex-soldier ought to be disposed
to5" come in " on that.
"I noticed in your last number a suggestion tliat
each reader of Tin Tjjihl'XB should tend it a new
HRfecribcr as a Christmas present, I will do my
part and go one better. May God bless you in all
your efforts to obtain justice for the soldier." I).
Tuliner, Coal City, Illinois.
Thanks for the remembrance. It's a pity
that Christmas comes but once a year while
The Tribune is published, fifty-two limes a
year. But, then, you needn't wait a wholo year
to send us another club, if you don't want to.
"Enclosed find one dollar to renew my subscrip
tion to Thk National Tkibl'xi-. I was'a constant
reader of the New York Times, but now take Thk
Tkibckk inatead. Some of my comrades give as
an excuse for not fmbncribuig that they take more
papers now than they can read." J?. C. Harrows,
JSIoose Meadow, Conn.
Yes, notwithstanding that some of these
ttowspajHjrs are filled with abuse of the sol
dier. It wasn't so twenty years ago. They
didn't help to support copperhead sheets in
those days they suppressed them. Uut even"
copperhead sheets dhlu't dare to insult the
soldiers themselves during tho war.
"Bnclofed please find one dollar for another
year's subscription to Thk Tkibuxk. I presume I
am one of your oldest subscribers, :w 1 took your
monthly over two years aial have taken your pres
ent splendid weekly ever since it was started. Tiu
Xatioxai. Tmm.'NK is doing more for our caue
tfaui all the other jwpcrs in the United States com
bined. I wish to say here that 1 do not believe the
preaent bill for the equalization of bounties is a just
one to those discharged for disabilities contracted
in the service. I am in favor of giving disabled sol
diers ?S per month from the time they enlisted, as
it was through n- fault of theirs that thev were dis
charged." William Geddea, Frankfort, "Dak. T.
"We'll see to that when tho time comes.
Meanwhile, do you see to it that when the
time does come there are at least one hundred
thousand subscribers to give weight to iis ap
peals. "Enclosed find $2 for two new subscribers, mak
ing four m all that I liave sent you during the year
litSZ. I will suutl you more a last as I cm proeiire
them, for 1 uiu in cxrnctt, and have enlisted lor the
war. Thk Tiiim'XK is the bt friend our brave sol
dferltoyn could jjowsibly have. It continually guards
tlteir interests, and jt the same time contains vastly
mora reading matter than is furnished bythe New
York Iribvne and Sun, St. Ixmh Jicpuhlican and
Gfobc-J)eunz-Ht, Chicago Inter Ocean, or any of the
great we kly iper. I think every soldier should
take Tin: Tribuxk in preference to all other pa
pers." ir. Win. I. Bryant, Cainsville, Jn"o.
KatKrully wc think so, too, but not simply
because wc want to see The Tribune attain a
groat circulation. It is becauso tho journals in
question arc either indifferent or actually hos
tile to the interests of our ex-soldiers that the
latter should refuse to support them.
"Enclosed please find ?3 for eight new subscrib
ers. I consider The Tmnuxn our paper, and a true
exponent of soldiers' rights. Like the Stars and
Stripes, long may it wave I " B. P. Nebergall, Way
Rally round it, then, and if any man tries to
haul it down, in tho language of tho late Gen
eral Dix Spot him!
"Enclosed please find S5 for five new subscribers.
Fellow-soldiers, shoulder arms and push forward
us you did in battle! 1 think we have got the enemy
on the run." Hiram A. Davis, IMcCune, Kan.
If you can raise five recruits, you ought to bo
able to raise a whole company, comrade Shall
wc send you a captain's commission?
" Enclosed please find post-ofilco order for S5 for
five copies of Thk National Tkihuxk, to be sent as
follows: Major Thomas S. Free, commander De
partment of Dakota ; Captain N. H. Potter, A. A. G.,
Department of Dakota ; Lieut. Charles T. Jailers,
Al. P. Hill, and D. Benj. West." Charles D. Price,
A. Q., Joe Ilooker Post, Sioux Falls, Dakota.
Come up on tho platform, comrades, and take
part in The Tribune's camp-fire. We're al
ways glad to hear from the coming State.
"The editor of the Utica Herald seems to think
that the soldier who receives a pension from the
Government is a robber. I would like to ask him
what he thinks of the justice of refusing bounty to
the men who enlisted in 1SG1 and ISC'!, and did the
hardest part of the work, while those who enlisted
in lSOSaud lfrfi-1 received their bounty in full. I would
also like to ask him whether he thinks a man could
live in such a place as Andersonville for, say two
months, without impairing his health'.' As for
myself. I was seventeen months a prisoner, and had
abundant opportunities of observing the treatment
which they received. Thanks to Thk Tninuxi: for
the splendid work it is doing in our behalf." Wil
liam 12. Jones, Sandusky, 1 Y.
You aro rather hard on Editor Roberts. What
can he possibly know of tho privations of camp
and prison life, or tho horrors of a military
hospital ? And, besides, some allowance should
be made for a man without a heart !
"Thank God for so able a defender as the Na
TioxAi. Tkibuije! Oh, that every ex-soldier could
see, read, and subscribe for it! Beck would then
have but little power to injure us. I hope you will
keep on in the good work which you are now do
ing. We sent thirteen letters from this place to our
Representative in Congress protesting against any
reduction of internal revenue taxes." L. 13. Moon,
Those thirteen letters may mako one raoro
vote against the reduction of the internal reve
nue taxes, and every vote counts in this contest.
Wc hope the writers of these letters aro sub
scribers to The Tribune, or soon will be.
" It is with the greatest pleasure that I peruse the
many interesting letters which appear in Titl"
Tnincxi: from comrades all over the country. None
but a soldier can appreciate J be spirit of these letters
and the loyalty which prompts them. I wish every
comrade in the country would subscribe to Tub
Tribune. An ex-sohher myself, I appreciate its
wisdom, and 1 think no veteran should be without
it." L. II. Bower, Ncwlifcld, N. Y.
Yes, theso letters aro almost as welcome as
those which brought to our soldiers in the field
tho latest news from home; it is because they
cheer our comrades' hearts that wo publish
"In your last number I had uhc pleasure of read
ing an editorial beaded "Vipers of the Press.' The
appellation is appropriate, i am ashamed to think
we have a man in this great State of New York like
Mr. E. II. Roberts, the editor of the Utica Herald,
though, come to think of its those who advocate
such principles as lie docs do not deserve the name
of men. Perhaps lie is of the same opinion as one
of my neighbors, who said toane a few weeks after
my return from the arm.: "I would rather be a
live coward than a dead hero.' "Charles II. Knox,
Schroon Lake, New York.
Doubtless. And of all cowards the meanest
is the man who stays at home in time of danger
and then abuses his preservers when the danger
is past. Our ex-soldiers should compel Editor
Roberts to retire to his bomb-proof.
"In your last issue you promised to give your
readers an account of Northern prison life, as you
did that of Andersonville. That is right. We chal
lenge the Johnnies to compare their treatment with
ours. Let us know what rations, clothing, blankets
and surgical treatment Ihcy received. 1 have my
self seen the same rations issued to confederate
prisoners that their gunrds received at City Point.
I have seen wounded confederate prisoners occu
pying the best b'ds in the hospital at Alexandria,
Va., in the same wards with the Federal wounded,
and receiving the same rations and medical treat
ment. Their lady sympathizers were freely ad
mitted to the hospital, and were permitted to bring
them llowera, pies, cakes and any delicacies they
chobe. It was not so at Andersonville. I wish that
in some future issue of The Tihbuxi: you would
publish the figures showing how much money was
raised in the Northern Slates for the sull'erers by
yellow fever and the Mississippi floods. Let it be
seen what treatment our confederate neighbors have
received in return for their cruel treatment of
Federal prisoners in Southern prisons. The old
soldiers here are seriously considering the estab
lishment of a Grand Army Post. We have a suit
able hall, and no doubt the organization will be
completed next mouth, for we aro in earnest. I
will see. to it that every member is made acquainted
with The Nationai. Tribune, and, if possible, 1
shall get every one to subscribe for it. Rest assured
we will never let The Tribune be spiked and left
in the hands of the enemy." Henry A. Hyle, Red
wood, N. Y.
An article concerning the conduct of North
ern military prisons is now in preparation for
The Tribune. As to the money raised for
the sufferers by yellow fever and Hoods in the
South, it amounted to hundreds of thousands
of dollars, but wo do not grudge a penny of it.
Only it doas seem hard that the North should
neglect its own sull'erers its crippled and en
"Enclosed find $1, for which you will please
send the best paper published in the interest of the
soldiers and the rising generation. If the youth of
this country would read The National Tribune,
it would arouse in them feelings of patriotism
which nothing else could inspire." J. G. Snow,
Yes, our comrades owe it to themselves to see
that their children do not grow up in ignor
ance of the great struggle for tho preservation
of tho Union. The perpetuation of the prin
ciples which triumphed in that struggle is
essential to the future existence of the Republic.
" Enclosed please find check for $l" for as many
new subscribers. This makes thirty-nine new sub
scribers in all that I have sent you. 1 am bound to
have the other four volumes of Scrihiier's ' Cam
paigns of the Civil War. Had I time I could raise
a large club, and, as it is, I hope in the course of
time to send you at least 100 new subscribers.
Compliments of the season to This Tribune and its
workers.1' C D. Austin, Carthage, N. Y.
That's "a song that cheers," and that's the
sort of workers that The Tribune wants.
One thousand such workers would increase the
circulation of The Tribune to well, multiply
one thousand by one hundred.
" My daughter borrowed one of your papers from
a neighbor, and liked it so much that she deter
mined to raise a club. She has now succeeded in
obtaining ten new subscribers, and wants you to
send as a premium the 'Roster of Regimental Sur
geons,' which she intends for a Christinas present
to myself. My daughter is but twelve years old."
P, II. O'Connel, Danvers, Mass.
Such a daughter as that would be a treasure
in any soldier's household. Ah! comrades,
there are some hearts that still beat warmly
for you, aftor all. You will never bo aught
else than heroes in tho sight of your wives and
daughters Heaven bless 'em.
"The National Tribune is just the paper I
xvant. I wish you could help me to establish a
Post here. 1 have written to Commander-in-Chief
Vnndcrvoort at Omaha." Joseph W. Hill, llad
Wo will help you gladly. Scud us the names
of at least tan fellow-soldiers in your vicinity
who are willing to become charter members of
a Post, and we will see that your application
receives the attention of the proper authorities.
"Enclosed find SI to pay for The Tribune an
other year. My sister and I consider ourselves
soldiers, although we did not go into battle that
is, in the field. Ve went out as nurses in the hos
pital service, and fi-el deep interest ill your paper aa
well as in the soldiers' welfare. If our Government
can aflbid to pay Mrs. Edgou S'5,000 (which is, of
course, right tor nursing one man sixty days, it
seems to me that we ought to have something for
nursing hundreds of soldiers. We were instru
mental in saving many lives and limbs during the
two yenra and four mouths that we were in the
hospital. We came home broken in health and
spirits, and have not seen u well day since." IL J.
PealxMly, Oneida, Illinois.
It docs seem cruel aud unjust that your ser
vices should go unrequited bya Government
so rich as ours, but there aro thousands of gal
lant soldiers who aro as badly oft'. It will not
always bo so, if our veterans rally as they
should to tho support of The Tribune and
sustain it loyally in it3 efforts to secure the
recognition of their claims by Congress.
"Enclosed please find draft for 5 for five new
subscriptions to Tun Tmiiuxu. These subscrip
tions enme almost unsolicited. The paper speaks
for itseir." IJ. II. King, Joliet, Illinois.
Yes, The Tribune does speak for itself, but
we are afraid some of our comrades aro growing
deaf. They do not appear to have heard ita
call for volunteers.
"I have tent you through our Post, No. 110, of
Oregon, Illinois, some ten or more subscribers
already, but I saw in my paper hut week that
nothing would please the editor more in the shape
of a Chistmas present tlmn one new subscriber
from each old one. Now, then, I will see you, and
go you four better, as card players say. I have
been on the skirmish line just a little bit, and I
have brought in tive who want the paper." E. N.
Riley, Forreston, 111.
"Four better," did you say? Tako tho pot,
and give us a new deal.
"I send you in the names of three as good sol
diers ns ever cocked a cannon. I send you these
because I segard it as my duty to myself and my
country to do so." Win. Frederick, Jerry' City,
Yes, as Wellington said of England, The
Tribune "cqpects every mau to do his duty,"
and good soldiers are always welcomo at our
camp-fire. But tlic days for cocking cannon have
gone by, so just cock your legs over the editor's
chair and make yourselves at home.
"Enclosed please find 51 for as many mibscribera
to The Titinrxr. We. value your paper very high
ly, and could hardly do without it. Wo will never
consent to any modification of the internal revenue
system until the soldiers' claims have been settled
in full, and I believe this to be the sentiment of all
ex-soldiers." S. G. Bradfield, Ridge Farm, 111.
Put it to a vote in every Grand Army Post
in tho country, and let Congress know tho re
sult. That's tho way to mako your influence
" Enclosed find one dollar for another year's sub
scription to The Tribune. I cannot do without it;
it contains so much valuable information. 1 am
especially interested in its reports of the doings of
Congress, while its pleasant stories of camp life !e
guilc many a weary hour. Indeed, I always find
something in it to quicken the lagging thoughts
and bring a joyful thrill to the heart. 1 have only
been a reader of The Tribune for one year, but it
has been tho best year of my life. So please con
tinue it and perpetuate these happy days." F. M.
Birch, Franklin, 111.
Yes, it is The Tribune's mission to mako
people happy and the more subscribers it has
tho moro happy pcoplo there will bo in tho
" 1 cneloe two dollars for two more new sub
scribers. 1 think that I am one of those who con
sider it more blessed to give than to reecivet I
know at least that the reading of The Tibunb is a
comfort to alllieted and unfortunate soldiers, and
does more jood than tho dollar which it costs
could have done." Mrs. J. 15., Chenoa, 111.
That's good Bible doctrine, and sound world
ly policy, too, and every subscriber of Tin
Tribune ought to bo guided by it. What
should wo do without the kind heart and
willing hands of woman?
"Give them full charges of grape and canister.
Tt is high time that the invalid soldier had his just
dues, no matter in what way he became disabled
in battle, by disease, or in prison for no distinctions
were drawn when tho Government needed our
help. It is a great shame that a nation like ours
should spend eighteen long years in allowing less
than ;)00,(XX) claims, and thus permit thousands of
its defenders to die without their pensions." A. D.
Stinc, Burgoon, Ohio.
It is a great shanio and a great disgrace, but
the day of atonement is near at hand. What's
that knocking at tho door? It is Justice, and
behind Justice are tho ono hundred thousand
subscribers of The Tribune that aro to bo.
" Enclosed you will find S3 for three new subscrib
ers to The Tribune. I think it the duty of every
old soldier to become a subscriber. I myself was a
drummer in the Eighteenth Ohio, and served three
years. I enlisted at the age of fourteen, and, like
many others, my health was impaired in the ser
vice. 1 am still waiting for my pension." W. G.
Jewell, Plymouth, Ohio.
This is tho kind of a drummer the Tribune
wants, and it's the right sort of quick-step that
he beats. Rattle the sticks again, comrade.
" Enclosed please find one more solid shot for
The TinnUNE. I hope the supply train may get in
with 100,000 rounds by Jan'y 1st, and that you may
then be able to bombard the forts of opposition until
the walls tumble down, eternally covering up what
remains of Senator Beck and his cohorts. With
God and 100,000 old veterans back of you. you will
come out victorious." J. A. Fants, Osborne City,
Tho supply train seems to have been delayed
on the road, stuck in the mud, wo daro say,
and our veterans should' turn out and put their
shoulders to the wheel.
" The Tribune is certainly tho best paper pub
lished in tiie interest of the soldier in thi.4 country,
and should receive tho ready supjortofall old vets.
Out here, in this obscure part of Iloosicrdom, wo
unite with all ex-soldiers in approving iLs course in
condemning such creatures as. Senator Beck. Can
it be possible that this Government will compel ltd
brave but unfortunate soldiers to bare their hon
orable scars to satisfy the curiosity of such men?
We are proud to know that they have a champion
in our Representative in Congress, Maj. W. II. Cal
kins. He needs no promptings from his constitu
ents to advocate all honorable and jut measures
for the interest of the soldier." J. C. Kirk, Rolling
No, wo don't think the Government will
venture to treat its late defenders as if they
were runaway slaves, to be identified by cortain
marks upon their persons; but that is what
Senator Beck wants it to do. lie was a South
ern sympathizer during the war, and naturally
ho still has the instincts of tho slave driver.
"It seems to me that ever since the attack on
Fort Sumter the Union soldier has been under fire.
Leaden and paper bullets have been showered on
him without mercy anil without reason. If wo
must keep up the fight, comrades, let us carry the
war into Africa." John II. Johnson, Rising'Sun,
That's well put. Our veterans should display
the same courage under newspaper firo that
they did under the scarcely more cruel fire of
rebel cannon, and chargo tho enemy with fixed
bayonets. Sound the call for a general charge,
and sco how quickly the enemy will take to tho
"Cannot something bo done to induce Congress
to extend the bcnelitsof the arrears bill? Certainly
if one soldier who was disabled while in the line of
duty is entitled to receive a, pension from dale of
discharge all should be. I am one of those who, if
my claim is allowed, will receive no arrears of pen
sion, although 1 have not be'ii able to do manual
labor for a good many years, and my disability is
now of such a character that I am not able to
work more than half the time in my ofilce." J. II.
I. Stromburg, Nebraska,
Congress certainly ought to abolish all limit
ations of this character, but tho first tiling to
do is to head off the Hank movement in tho
direction of tax reduction.
" Enclosed please find clippings from the Hartford
Evening Post. They contain attacks on our soldiers
and pen tinners. The stay-at-homes now seem to
think that the Government is paying too much to
its defenders. They have forgotten how they trem
bled, lest they should b drafted into the army.
They would have given a great deal more in those
days to escape the draft than any man now receives
in the shape of a pension. The soldiers made the
Republican party, and they have kept it in power,
and if the Republican press of the country insults
these men anil not alone the press, but partv lead
ers can they expect soldiers hereafter to support
the party? I think not. I like The Tiubuni:. It
is doing a great work for the soldier." One of
Sherman's boys, Collinsville, Connecticut.
Yes, it's about timo to raise that question in
both political parties. Our ex-soldiers should
draw tho lino between friend and foe aud re
nounce all allegiance to parties, newspapers,
and politicians that daro to malign them or
seek to deprive them of their rights. That
will soon bring tho cowards to their senses.
"The National Tribune comes to me weekly
like a ray of sunshine, and I rejoice to think that
the veterans of the late war have so ardent a friend.
As toon its I receive my pension I intend, to order
as many as one hundred copies, for the soldiers in
this neighborhood are secmintrlv dead to their in
terests, and 1 hope by this means to arouse them.
J trust the circulation of The Tribune will soon
surpass your most sanguine expectations." Isaac
II. Dunn, Hillsboro, Illinois.
That's a capital idea. If overy subscriber
would do as much towards acquainting his fel
low soldiers with the value of The Tribune,
its circulation would reach ono hundred thou
sand in the twinkling of au eye.
" I think Congress ought to do something for tho
Mexican soldiers as well as those who fought in the
war of the rebellion. 1 served under General Scott
up to the taking ol the city of Mexico. 1 fulfilled
my agreement with the Government, and would
like tp have it do the same by me. I sustained an
injury of the spine while in the service, and am in
receipt of a pension of only four dollars per month.
1 am a subscriber to The Tribune, and think verv
highly of it." William II. Ross, West Gloucester,
Your turn will come, comrade, if overy cx
soldicr will help us to hold the fort against tho
politicians who aro trying to make tho Govern
ment poor in order to prevent the payment of
any more pensions.
"If I am rightly informed, tho pension laws
were passed, not to support disabled soldiers in
opulence, but to keep them from want. Hence I
believe, with Hon. W. W. Dudley, that all should
receive the same pay for the same disability, irre
Hpeetive of rank. The compensation should bo
enough to support them, and those dependent upon
them, comfortably, but it should not bo unreason
ably high. There is one thing, however, as the law
now atanda, tliat eeema to me very unjust. If tho
soldier is ontitlcd to anything:, he is entitled to pen
sion since disability. Many put off applying for
pensions until their wounds and disabilities became
unbearable, and I hope Congress will wipe out the
limitation elmisc in the arrears act. There are hun
dreds of thousands of soldiers, as well as others,
irrespective of party, who stand ready to support
such men as Hon. Dan. Voorhees, -while Senators
and Representatives who may vote against the bill
to extend arrearages to those who have applied for
pensions since July 1. 18h0, will be left out in the
cold when they ask for tho soldier's suffrage."
II. II. G., Sherman, N. Y.
That's tho right sort of spirit, and if poli
ticians aro onco made to understand that our
veterans aro determined to carry their opposi
tion to tho polls they will right about face.
" I drew up a petition last week respectfully ask
ing the Representative of thisdistrict in Congress to
vmc ajrainst all measures looking to the reduction
of the revenues, amnn less than two hours' time I
obtained 10 signatures in this village. All the sign
ers were veterans. I forwarded the petition to Hon.
T. H. Murch, who promptly responded in a manner
which must stimulate one and all to renewed
eiVorts until the promises made by the Government
to our veterans are fulfilled anil the equalization
bounty bill becomes a law. I am a constant reader
of your valuable paper, and prize it highly, as do
all my comrades in the vicinity. It is the soldier's
friend, and I assure you every effort will be made
to induce all veterans to subscribe for it." Dr. S. C.
Thomas, Camden, Me.
That sounds like business. Every ono of tho
forty signers to your petition ought to bo a sub
scriber to The Tribune, for is not The Trib
une itself a weekly petition to Congress for tho
recognition of soldiers' rights? ,
" I thank you for the Christmas present you sent
me iu the shape of two copies of the The National
Tribune. 1 wish every ex-soldier could receive
the same Christmas gift. Every issue of The
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dier." W. W. Clemons, Geneva, Ohio.
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them a long while yet this side of tho grave.
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" If Reck gets lo Heaven with the good and great,
He'll bolet in at the smallest gate."
J. W. Beatty, Burton, Kan.
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lino without tho Union countersign.
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Julius Smith, Hillsboro, Illinois.
That's a pleasant picture, and it reminds ua
of another a picture of twenty years ago:
"Thy voice is heard thro' rolling drums
That beat to battle where he stands;
Thy face across his fancy comes,
And gives the battle to his hands:
A moment while the trumpets blow.
He sees his brood about thy knee;
The next, like fire he meets the foe.
And strikes him dead for thine and thee."
Happy tho brood that is not bereft of its
"I received a sample copy of your paper last
week and 1 like its tone. Enclosed you wll find
one dollar for a year's subscription. I am an old
Mexican veteran, and also served in the Union
army during the late war. My father, who
died a year ago, was a private in tho
Forty-fifth Illinois, and after we had both been
discharged for disability he from tho Forty-fifth
and I from the Ninety-third Illinois my oldest
son, who was then not yet sixteen, enlisted in tho
Ninth Illinois cavalry and served until the rebellion
was put down. So, between the three of us we
managed to keep one man at the front during tho
entire war. In lact, three generations of us volun
teered to defend tho old tlag. My claim lias been
pending in the Pension Office for years, and I will
be sixty years old the last day of the present
month." William B. Bruncr, Taylor Ridge, 111.
And yet there aro papers liko tiro Utica
Herald which havo tho hardihood to say that
no additions should bo made to the pension
roll ! Just think of it : Father, son, and grand
sou, all three offer their lives to savo their
countrj-, and tho solo survivor, at tho ago of
sixty, and nearly twenty years after tho close
of the war, still waiting for a pension ! Should
this meet tho 030 of Senator Beck it will
doubtless shock his feelings terribly.
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scriptions." A. G. Fellows, Philadelphia.
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per annum, invariably in advance.
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scribers to The Tribune. My good wife and I will
get you some more soon. Continue the gooil work
until every cx-prisoiicrtmd ex-soldier who was dis
abled in the war obtains his just dues. The credit
forgetting up this club belongs to K. T. Allen."
G. N. Allen, Creighton, Nebraska.
The ladies God bless 'em The Tribune
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for ynj to do but to follow their example. Tho
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and shall take it as long as I live." Daniel Ross,
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comrado and tho bigger tho crowd, or what is
the same thing, tho bigger tho club tho better.
Bait your hook again, and let's sco what you
catch this time. There are still as good fish in
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to givesome attention to the repeal of the absurd
umiMition clause 01 me arrears act; Just give us
some shots from The Tribune battery on this sub
ject. I will tlo my best to furnish ammunition, and
J enclose two dollars for two subscriptions." J. D.
Rceley, Spring Green, Wisconsin.
That we will, comrade, just as soon as we got
tho range of tho enemy. Our guns are at pres
ent trained on tho leaders of internal rovenuo
tax reduction. Wo have got to drive thorn out
of tho woods beforo wo can order a general
" I am as poor as Job's turkev, but I must have
The Tribune. I havo heard people sing I want
to be an angel ' a good many times, but now I sing
'I want to belong to tho Grand Army,' but 1 cannot
raise the money for the initiation fee. However, if
Uncle Sam ever gives me my just dues, I shall be
long to it, even if Mr. Beck docs think itafraudj'
M. It. N. Nichols, Lamoille, Iowa.
Now, this is hard too poor to join the Grand
Army ! What have our Iowa comrades to say to
this? Surely they can find a place for him at
Which the Newspaper Bloodhounds are
Eaising Against Our ex-Soldiers.
Likening Commissioner Dudley to a Highwayman.
From the Xew York Sun.
Of all tho projects upon which the existence
of a surplus of $75,000,000 produces the same
effect as a red Hag docs upon a bull, none ex
hibits moro brazen effontry and cynical con
tempt for the taxpayers than the demand put !
forward in the report of the Commissioner of I
Pensions. Is it possible, it may be asked, that i
any one at all conversant with the workings of
tho pension act who knows what enormous
sums it lias filched from the pockets of the peo
ple, and at what a porteutious rate its burdens
aro increasing should liave the hardihood to
propose that tho scope of its inroads upon tho
public purse should bo materially enlarged?
And this, too, when no adequate steps havo
been taken to ferret out the frauds which, it is
believed, are prosecuted on a colossal scale by
applicants and agents. Just such a cool propo
sition is made by Commissioner Dudley, Avho is
of this opinion that ho ought; to finger a good
deal moro money than now passes through his
hands, and that access to the public crib is un
reasonably restricted by the existing statutos.
Some pretence of modesty and decency, we aro
told, was made by the framcrs of the legislation
now in force, and tho opportunity of plunder
ing the taxpayers was trammelled by conditions
which havo had tho. ell'ect of somewhat
limiting tho number of applicants. Kob
but that tho multitude of persons who
aro willing to bo a burden upon
their fellow citizens is sufficiently formid
able. Tho number of ex-volunteers now living
who have applied for pensions under the act is
said by Secretary Folger to bo 45s,53.'J, and the
number of pensionable relatives of soldiers not
living who havo applied is 297,5Gb". In other
words more than three-quarters of a million of
persons have already put forward claims to be
supported at tho cost of our hard-working
masses, upon whoso shoulders tho bulk of tax
ation must always rest. One would suppose that
this army of pensioners might satisfy Commis
sioner Dudley, no matter how much he might
feel inclined to magnify his oliice ; but such is
not the case. Ho estimates that there aro
about a million more candidates for living at
tho expense of other people, and that theso
might be tempted to come forward if a free
handed legislature would but let down the bars
and repeal somo of the annoy iug restrictions
now imposed. Accordingly, he addresses his
appeal to the Forty-seventh Congress, convinced
that Washington is not likely to see for somo
years a body of men so conspicuous for tho
species of generosity practised by highway
men. Wholesale Abuse of Pensioners.
I'Vohi the Cincinnati Commercial.
Men who wero in the army tell us that a
good many pensioners were not soldiers ; that
hundreds and thousands are drawing pensions
who wero never in tho army in any capacity.
They are put on by members of Congress, who
conibine to vote their favorites public money
under false pretences.
It is high timo tho country was aroused on
tho subject of pension frauds. The tried aud
true soldiers should be foremost in the ex
posure of the enormous swindles that are drain
ing tho Treasury and disturbing, there is reason
to fear, the veneration of the country for tho
heroes of the war.
What objection is there to tho publication of
the pension lists ? So far as they are of the de
serving they aro rolls of honor, and nothing
would be so eflectivo to point out the undeserv
ing as the daylight glare of publicity.
There are nearly 300,000 pensioners drawing
money from the public Treasury, with an enor
mous and increasing number of applications,
including a great number on the rejected files
"subject to re-examination," and now wo hear
of projects to pension everybody who was in
tho remotest way engaged in tho late war with
England (seventy years ago) and all who were
in tho Mexican war. Then there is an organ
ized eO'ort to have $-10 a month paid to each
soldier who lost a limb or suflered injury
"equivalent" to that, and there aro pension
agents who could mako out on the papers a bad
cold caught by a teamster equivalent to the loss
of a leg by a soldier. Here is what the Com
missioner of Pensions tells us iu his lato report,
which has not been so extensively read and
carefully studied as it should bo. lie says:
There are now on file 253.C-1S pending and rejected
late war claims, which were filed prior to July 1,
18S0, and, allowing twenty per cent, for rejection,
there would be 20"J,yi9 for admission and entitled
to the benefits of the arrears acts. If these should
be placed on the pension roll simultaneously, he
calculates that the amount of arrears on the present
value of each case allowed would be in the aggre
gate, in round numbers, K04 ,795.000. On the same
proposition it would increase the present roll of
pensioners from 201.C50 to -t'Jf.STj, and the annual
value would be, in round numbers, $30,000,000.
Heretofore it has been our boast that when
tho rebellion was over our army disbanded and
returned to the ways of peace and tho paths of
industry, and our first point when wc compare
ourselves with the other nations of the earth is
that wedo'not burden ourselves with a standiug
army. But no other nation ever had such a
standing army of pensioners.
Attacking Old aud Feeble Soldiers.
.From an loica Paper.
There arc still a million ex-soldiers who havo
never applied for pensions, and as they aro be
ginning to get old and feeble they hanker after
pensions and remember that their present ail
ments date back IS or 20 years. In the case of
those who aro suflering from old ago their ail
ment, doubtless, dates back to their nativity,
but they don't propose to prove such au extreme
proposition as that. They only want to show
that their sufferings began while in tho army,
though thus -far they havo not been so acute
as to give them an excuse for asking for a pen
sion. Sinco July 1, 1S61, these men can only
get pensions from the time they file their last
proofs. What they want is a repeal of all time
limitations, so that whenever they begin to
feel sick thoy can ask for a pension back to tho
date of discharge from tho service. The pres
ent arrearages bill has cost vastly nioro than
what wero threo years ago denounced by the
champions of tho bill as absurd exaggerations.
If half a million or a million more cases aro to
be added to tho pension list and arrearages to
tho timo of discharge to be allowed in each case,
the doors of tho treasury vaults might as well
be taken oil' their hinges.
Tensions a Gricrous burden.
From the Boston Herald.
Tho Commissioner of Pensions, in compli
ance with a request from tho Senate, has sent
in an estimate of tho increase of the yearly
payment likely to bo entailed by the passage
of theso new projects. IIo rates the augmenta
tion for which tho pension ring is working, in
ono way or another, at a total of $30,109,-2d0
per annum, and ominously admits that, on
somo points, his figures arc littlo better than
guesswork. Indeed, ono or two of tho features
aro so darkling that they quito defy conjec
turo. Such an addition would enhance tho
grievous burden of tho national pensions by
onc-half, and subject the people to a yearly
charge of about $91,000,000 forthe pension pay
ments and the interest upon tho capital sunk
in the disbursements for arrears. That chargo
would meet tho interest at .'percent., the latest
rate of negotiation, upon a debt of $:j,l'J",000,000,
a sum larger by $1,U15,000,000 than tho entire
interest-bearing debt of tho United States.
Surely wc have made good our declaration
that eternal vigilanco on pension issues may
almost be regarded as the price of the solvency
of tho Treasury.
A S'Inr from General Grant.
Gen. Grant, writing to recommend tho pas
sage of tho bill increasing tho pensions of those
who lost a limb, says: "I concur in recom
mending tho passage of the above bill.
No pension can compensate the men who
havo lost bno or moro limbs, and 1 should
bo glad to sco that class of pensioners
well provided for instead of the indiscriminate
pensioners, many of whom are physically :is
good as they would have boon if the war had never
The Arrears IU11 a Trlclc."
From the Chicago Tribune.
The 98 millions of dollars already paid out
on tho wrongful "arrears" trick fastened on
tho Government by wolfish pension agents and
cowardly, reckless Cougressional demagogues,
and the 205 millions yat to bo paid on claims
"proved up" would be Bufficientjaonoyia the
event ofa war with Great Britain to build a navy
strong enough to defeat that power on tho hih.
seas and to conquer and annex her, Canadian
provinces. The general public seeut to havo
little conception of the robbery practiced upon
the taxpayers by the claim agents aud. reckless
Shutting the Door an Hexkan Veterans.
Fron the PhUa. Times.
The bill to give peusions of eight dollars a
month to all soldiers who served sixty days m
the army during tho Jlexkan War or to th- Ir
surviving heirs, has been reported favorably to
the House and is said to have a very fair prosp t
of passage. It is computed that this new meas.:ro
will add from $o0,000.(XK) to $75,000,000 to tho
annual pension roll, but the experience villi
tnc arrears ma wa,s sucu that lutie pmn, nc:
is reposed in calculations made bv the .'f u-r.-ni
Bureau. It is now thirty-six years -.1-..0? t'.
ciose 01 tne Mexican war ana the ers i..i
abled either by wounds or sickness La v. Irrr.j
been borne on the lists. This ben ti-t . im
does appear that no necessity exi.-t- for plrrirjj
upon uie rons tne names 01 mm v.lot re'
never injureu aim wno, in manv t , mvcrJ
saw any actual service. No great cry i.xs gcr.?J
up lor this recognition on the part of rJ3 nr
most interested, and it would still pr-i l'hl
wise aud politic not to bestow cos 'v favors I
which are not asked and cannot be 1 xi.ctcd.
Denouncing the AQ Hill.
From the Button Hera'd.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have bee:
already paid out in peusions to th-df f ndera o
the uati-ti, or to the widows and c'ldren o
more than seventeen years after the cIoe o .'
the war, when in the natural order of thing;;
we should cx"eet an annually diminishing exi
penditure on this account, wo are shoulderin;
a fresh burden to the amount of one hundreo.
or one hundred and fifty million dollars pet
annum. There is now before the Senate a bill
which passed the House at the last session iny
creasing tiie pensions of thoss who lost an ami
or a leg, or who suffered " equivalent disabilif
ties" in tho service. The passage of the bill
is being urged with suspicious ardor by numer
ous claim agents, and is supported by a largd
number of petitions. f
Pensions Unearned Fortunes.
From the Chicago Tribune.
The iaxjiaycrs have leen asleep to tho mag
nitude of the outrageous "arrears" bill that
has been fastened upon them, and which is suck
ing hundreds of millions of the fruit of therf
toil from them. These "arrears" are now
claimed by tens of thonsands of men who pre
vious to the passage of the act had never applied
for a pension, because in most cases they did
not consider their health had been sufficiently
injured in their military services to justify tho
application. But when tho bill was passed
allowing them seventeen to twenty years' back
pensions, or $1,700 to $2,000, multitudes of men
wero persuaded by the claim agent3 to file appli
cations for these unearned fortunes. And since
then tho taxpayers have been mado to bleed.
V.......V. t' 4V-JW i'..v& .vo ill bJlt-i aX it. I.. i,UIT
This Thing Must Stop.
From the Utica Observer.
It is evident that there is a strong popular
demand for investigation into the matter of ex
penditure for pensions. Monstrous abuses hava
crept into this branch of Government outlay,
but the American people have with good-natured
complacency been content to let the af
fairs of the Pension Department drift along.-.
The result is that an army of thievish " claim "
agents, frauds of the worst type, have fastened
their fangs on tho Treasury, aud are auda
ciously pursuing their operations in defiance
of detection or exposure. The time has come
when the people demand that this thing must
The Wicked Advocates of the $10 Bill.
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
The original purpose of pensioning was to
indemnify in a measuro those who wero dis
abled. Now the idea seems to be that every one
who served at all shall bo pensioned, whether
disabled or not, with a special allowance for
those injured. Petitions are coming in to Gm
gress in great profusion for the enactment of
this new bounty, and a comparatively slight
examination of tho circumstances serves to
show that virtually all these appealing docu
ments come from the hands of claim agents, and
aro more or less fraudulent in their character.
Thus is the sacred right of petition turned into
a farce. Probably the schemers think tliat aa
a Democratic House of Representatives is com
ing in soon this is their last chance. Butas any
one acquainted wich public sentiment, especi
ally with reference to the expeusiveness of tho
arrears bill, is aware, this will prove the straw,
if any is needed, to break the camel's back.
Denouncing the Arrears Act.
From the X. Y. Tribune.
One of the most disgraceful acts of Congress,
at ita last session, was its refusal to take any
steps whatever to guard the Treasury against
tho enormous frauds to which tho Pension
Arrears act opened the door. If there are Be
publican members who wish to regain publio
confidence for their party, one of their earliest
and most earnest efforts will be to secure the
adoption of somo measure under which the
ctaims yet unpaid shall be thoroughly ex
amined, and restrictions placed upon payment
until such examination has been made. It is
one thing to pay 1,000,000,000 a year to honest,
deserving and actually disabled soldiers, and a
very different thing to pay half that sum to
claim agents, many of whom make more money
by swindling than any soldier ever did by
Bran dins Pensioners as Itascali.
From the A. Y. Sun.
Tho first thing to be done in connection with
tho pension act is to pass Senator Beck's reso
lution calling for a list of the names and post
oilicc addresses of every applicant whose claim
has thus far been field. Measures should then
be taken to publish in every city, town and
village tho names of tho pensioners or appli
cants who are: alleged to be residing there.
In that way each community would be able to
lay its hand on its own rascals, and within a
twelvemonth it is probable that the outflow of
public moneys from the Pension Office would bo
materially curtailed. Then the Forty-eighth
Congress can discuss, if it deems fit, the wisdom
of immensely adding to the public burdens by
following Mr. Dudlev's recommendations.
Pensions Compared to Star-Koate Steals.
Vom the Ilka (X Y.) Herald.
It ought to be understood that the Congress
man who votes for any more pension bills is
entitled to the same condemnation that wa3
passed upon the river and harbor CoEgressnisa.
There is altogether too much similarity be
tween pension bills and river and harbor bills.
One is quito as much a job as the other. There
is probably more fraud conuected with the
pension bureau thau with any other depart
ment of the government more than was ven
tured in the star-route business before the dis
covery of tho operations of Brady, Dorsoy and
Tens of TIionfuiHth) of "Uninjured Frauds."
From the Chieogo Times.
The pension expenditure has been increased
out of all proportion by the claim agent fraud
called tho "Arrears bill," giving applicants
ensions since their muster out of the army, al
t hough they had not considered their health
sufficiently injured to apply for a pension until
last year, and they only applied then because
they wore tempted to it by a $2,000 bribe. Gen.
Grant tells the naked truth when he say3 that
most of these " arrears" applicants are physi
cally as good as if the rebellion war had never
been fought. There is no doubt of the truth of
that remark, and it is tho putting on tho rolls
of tens of thousands of theso uninjured frauds
that has swollen tho pension appropriation to
such a frightful size.
Union Veterans Pronounced Pension Sharks.
i'Yom the Chicago News.
Tho river and harbor " improvers " aye not
more rapacious than tho pension sharks that
aro preparing for another raid on tho vaults of?
the treasury. They are as clamorous as if 1106
a dollar had been voted them.
Unreasonable and Enormous Ponsloa Silb.
From the Albany bsprai.
It is very evident Congress has acted Tildly
and rcckle&ily in the matter of granting pen
sions, and that the enormous bills the country
ie asked to pay is utterly unreasonable, a&d rs
quires the patting on of tho brakes.