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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON D. 0., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1883.
THE NEWS OF THE' WEEK.
Scvcnty-fivc Lives lost by a Mine
Disaster in Illinois.
THE WESTERN FLOODS.
Events at tlie Capitol and in
Tlie Jeannettc board of inquiry has submitted
its report to tlie Secretary of the Navy. The
hoard finds that the Jcannctlc (formerly the
?andora) was a staunch vessel, although her
model was not specially adapted to such ser
vice. The delay caused by her want of speed
nnd her search along the Siberian coast for the
Swedish exploring jdiip Vega put her com
mander at great disatvantagc when ho en
countered the pack too early in September in
the vicinity of Herald Island. He was obliged
either to return to some port to the southward
and pass the winter or to force his way through
the ice to Wrangcl Laud. The board justifies
Lira in accepting the latter alternative. The
narrrtivc of events as given by tlie report has
heretofore been published. The skill, pru
dence and foresight of Commander De Long
in meeting emergencies, in maintaining dis
cipline, and enforcing regulations for preserv
ing tho health of the officers and men are
highly commended, and his general course is
deemed to have been proper undtr the existing
circumstances. Lieut. Dancnhower is especially
commended for the part he took imnavigating
the whale-boat, in which the Melville party
finally reached the Siberian coast The board
further says: "There is conclusive evidence
that, aside from trivial difiicultics, such as
occur on shipboard even under the most favor
able circumstances, and which had no influ
ence in bringing about tho disaster of the ex
pedition and no pernicious effect upon its
general conduct, every officer and man so con
ducted himself that the court finds no occasion
to impute censure to any member of the party."
Berdcll, one of the defendants in the star
route suit, withdrew his plea of not guilty
last week and was accepted as a witness for tho
prosecution. His examination is still proceed
ing Among other things, his testimony re
veals the fact that ex-Assistant Postniastcr
Gcncral Brady figured in the books of the
star route contractors as William Smith, and
received a certain per cent, of the profits of
their operations. Berdcll also testified that ex
Senator Dorsey had begged him not to reveal
the secrets of the ring on the ground that it
would ruin him and his children, and be the
death of his wife.
In accordance with instructions by resolu
tion of the Senate on the 7th of December, the
Senate Judiciary Committee has investigated
the question ot the title to the National Sol
diers' Cemetery and the site of Fort Mycr, (on
tho Arlington estate,) and on tho 15th inst.
submitted its report through Mr. Edmunds.
The report expresses no opinion as to the cor
rectness of the judgment of the United States
Supreme Court restoring the estate to George
Washington Custis Lee, and recommends that
the proposition of Gen. Leo to sell the property"
to the United States Government for $150,000
It is understood that Secretary Folger has
directed Treasurer Gilfillan not to order any
more of the new five-cent nickels from the
mints until their legality can bo established.
It is claimed that the new nickels do not come
within a strict construction of the law creating
them because they do not indicate precisely
what amount they represent, and it will be
necessary to sdjl -the word "Cents" on the rc
versese""6ef6fe they can be considered lawful
At a meeting of the board of directors and
incorporators of the Garfield Memorial Asso
ciation in this city on Monday evening, a reso
lusion was unanimously adopted directing the
purchase of the Schneider property, on Boun
dary avenue, at the head of Tenth street, con
taining sixand three-quarter acres of ground
and a large dwelling, providing it can be had
for a reasonable sum. The price asked is
Mr. Hampton on the ICth inst. reported to
the Senate from the Military Committee the
bill to reimburse the State of Florida on ac
count of expenses in the Seminole war in 1855,
1S56 and 1857. The amount claimed to be due
was over $700,000, but the committee has fig
ured the amount down to $92,Gt8.
The subcommittee appointed by the Mili
tary Committee to investigate the Hampton
Soldiers' Homo has decided that it will have
no time this scsssion cither to make a trip of
investigation to the home or to take testimony
Among the resolutions introduced in the
Senate on the 13th inst was a joint resolution
of the "Wisconsin Legislature, requesting the
Senators of that State-to use their utmost influ
ence in aid of the passage of the $40 pension
CHIMES AJO CASUALTIES.
A Braidwood, Hlinois, dispatch says: It is
now ascertained that seventy-four men were
overwhelmed in tho Diamond mine on Friday.
The mine is situated about two miles from
here, and is operated by the Wilmington Coal
Association. The sudden thaw and heavy rain
fall have transformed tho prairie into a lake.
About Diamond the water stauds from six
inches to three feet in depth. With scarcely
any warning there suddenly appeared an open
ing from the surface of the earth into the mine.
The surface boing covered with water, it took
only a short time for the water to permeate the
entire mine, drowning all who were unable to
get out before the rising water caught them.
The galleries were low and narrow, aud only
by painfully slow crawling could the poor vic
tims escape. There was an air-shaft offering
an avenue of escape, of which many availed
themselves, but the water came in too rapidly
to allow all to reach it. There is no chance of
a rescue, but in order to reach the bodies of the
dead, Mr. Fordice, general manager cf the com
pany, has gone to the scene of the disaster with
two steam pumps. An engineer estimates the
amount of water at several million barrels, and
with the present pumping capacity it will take
twenty-five days to pump out the shaft. Mat
ters will be rushed, aud neither money nor
trouble will be spared to make a speedy find of
the buried men, dead or alive. Most of tho
drowned were men with families depending
upon their support. Some blame the corpora
tion because a more experienced man was not
kept at the bottom of the shaft, whose duty it
was to watch, the pumps and sound an alarm in
case of danger. Thomas Daily, a new hand,
Btood at the post when he saw the water gain
ing on him. Instead of sounding an alarm, ho
rushed to the top of tho shaft to see if the
pumps wore at work. Upon his return ho
found the water -ip to his waist. He then di
rected the driver to run back and escape by
tho air-shaft and yell to the men as ho ran,
and did what he could himself. Ho saved oue
boy all that ho could reach and then as
cended and sounded the steam whistle, which
called out thovillagers. A Braidwood dispatch
of the 20th inst. says: Six new names arc added
to the list of thoso killed in tho Diamond mine
dibAsu r, making eighty iu all. It is feared tho
number may yet reach 100. Tho new names
are: Lewis Williamson, who leaves a wife and
six children ; Samuel Louguaski, who leaves a
wife and four children in Germany; John
Downg, single; Abol Lincomhige, relatives
unkown; Louis Slarlrick, who leaves a family,
aud John Jollif.
The tax collector of Lawrence county, Ala
baniK, Mr. D. Houston, left Courtlaud on tho
15th inst. on horseback for Moultou, the county
scat, with $4,300. which he was carrying to the
county superintendent of education. About
fiix utiles from the town, in a lonely part of the
road, a man grasped tho bridal rein, presented
a revolver aud demanded his money. Hous
ton, whig unarmed, was made to alight, and
the robber, who was masked, searched his pock
ets ami found $3,300. Ho mounted Houston's
hor: aud rode away. Tho $1,000 saved was in
packages of $500 each, which Houston had
placed in hk boot-leg. Mr. Houston is over
sixty years of ago, much esteemed, and of un
questioned integrity. His horse was found two
milca from the scene of the robbery tied by tho
A dispatch from Prluceton. Colusa county,
California, says: "Dr. H. J. Glenn, tho largest
wheat raiser of the State, who ran for Governor
on the Democratic ticket in 1879, was shot on
his ruiirh, at Jacinto, Saturday, by 1L Miller,
his bookkeeper. Miller shot Glenn with a
fcliottm, at a dis'.r lco of about sixty feet, the
charge taking effect in Glenn's head. Glenn is
dead. Miller refused to surrender until shot
in the knee by K. M. Cochrane, Glenn's super
intendent. The only cause yet known for tho
shooting is that Miller did not give satisfaction
as bookkeeper, aud was discharged.
" A St. Louis dispatch of the 20th inst., says :
As the-Texas express train on the Iron Mountain
Railroad was turning a sharp curve into Poplar
street last night, the engine left the track and
dashed into the stove foundry of Bridge, Beach
& Co.. breaking a hole fifteen feet square in the
building. Thcbaggagc car was badly damaged.
No other car left the track. William Smith, a
fireman, had his arm broken, and Richard
Garvey, a boy, who jumped on one of the cars
to catch a ride, was fatally wounded. None of
the other passengers were hurt.
An engine on tho Genesee Valley dual
Railroad fell through a bridge, near Scottsville.
New York, on Saturday. Charles Hanna, the
fireman, was killed, and Henry Fuller, the en
gineer, had his arm broken and his foot
crushed. A trestle bridge at Raccoon, Georgia,
on the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia
Railroad, fell in on Saturday with a southward
bound freight train. Charles Walker, a colored
brakeman, and R. Tiddwell, an engineer, wero
killed, and Carl Kemp aud John Cox, passen
gers, were seriously hurt.
On the 15th inst. three children of Charles
W. Smith, living three miles from Cumberland,
Md., on the Baltimore turnpike, wero playing
with a small revolver, loaded with No. 1 car
tridge. One of tho children, aged about six
years, said: "Shoot mother," whereupon, a lit
tle girl, aged fivo years, pointed tho pistol at
her mother and fired, the ball entering her
mother's left breast. Physicians failed to find
the ball. It is thought she will recover. The
children picked up the revolver about the
Tlie cases of Garrett S. Boice, Edward B.
Shaw and John N. Beach, defaulting officers of
the defunct City Bank of Jersey City, were
called Monday in the Hudson county (N. J.)
Court. After a long consultation with their
counsel they decided to place themselves at the
mercy of the court and pleaded guilty. Judge
Garretson sentenced them to terms at hard
labor in the State's prison as follows : Boice ten
years, Beach four years, and Shaw six years.
The prisoners were remanded to jail.
Jacob Vincent, a prosperous farmer, was
found dead in the woods recently, four miles
from his homcat Campbollton, Franklin county,
Mo. The body showed that the deceased had
been shot from his horse and then brained with
the butt of a rifle. A warrant has been issued
for the arrest of James Vincent, a cousin of the
deceased, and a step-son and son-in-law.
A heavy wind prevailed east of the Hoosac
mountain in Massachusetts on Sunday. Tho
depot building at Zoar was torn to pieces, and
its foundation was moved four feet. The pas
sengers and employees ran out when the chim
ney fell aud escaped uninjured. A freight car
was blown across the Troy and Greenfield rail
Two Chinamen fought on Saturday night in
a room on Ridge avenue, Philadelphia, in the
presence of forty spectators who paid $2 each.
The contestants were Loo Hing, a washerman,
and Hi Sing Foon, an ironcr in a laundry.
After a desperate but unscientific battle of
eleven rounds, Loo Hing gave up.
John Sheffield, a dissolute character, living
near Madison, Wis., quarreled with his family
and left them about three weeks ago. Subse
quently their house was set on fire, and two of
his daughters, one aged fourteen years and the
other an infant, were burned to death. It is
believed that Sheffield set the house on fire.
On the 15th inst. a passenger train bound
west on the Grand Trunk Railway struck a
broken rail a mile east of Flint, Mich., ditch
ing three coaches, one a Pullman car. 3Irs. H.
L. Seaman, of St. Vincent, Ont., was killed,
Thomas Lindsay fatally hurt and eighteen
other passengers more or less injured.
Engineer Baxter, Fireman White and Brake
man Brown were probably fatally injured, on
the 14th inst., by a collision, in the southwest
ern suburbs of Chicago, between Chicago, Bur
lington and Quincy and Quincy and Milwaukee
and St Paul trains.
The Pacific express collided, on the night of
the 15th inst., with the east bound express on
the Great Western division of the Grand Trunk
Railway, near DundaS,-Ont. Two persons aro
reported to have been killed and several in
jured. An explosion of fire-damp occurred in Cin
cinnati on tho 15th inst, wrecking a house oc
cupied by four families, numbering seventeen
perbous. Six of the inmates were killed and
several severely, if not fatally, injured.
Collender's seven-story billiard factory, at
Stamford, Conn., was burned on the 14th inst.
The. total loss is estimated at $225,000. One
hundred and twenty-five men were employed
in the factory.
At Detroit, Mich., Francis Wardell, a special
pension agent, who was found guilty of forging
tho name of Pension Agent Post, of Detroit,
was sentenced to four years in the House ot
At a meeting of the executive council at
Boston, Governor Butler sent in the name of N.
A. Plympton, of Worcester, to succeed Mr.
Clark as insurance commissioner for Massachu
setts. He was manager of Governor Butler's
campaign last fall. The Governor also sub
mitted tho name of Colonel Roland G. Usher,
of Lynn, for tho wardenship of the State prison,
instead of Earle, removed. The nomination
was confirmed. Colonel "Usher was principal
manager of Governor Butler's campaign in
1879, and has since been connected with him
in private enterprises.
Timothy Griffith, formerly private secretary
to ex-Senator Conkling and ex-Postmaster-Geueral
James, has been appointed clerk of the
United States District Court in New York, in
place of Commissioner Deuel, forced to resign.
The appointment was made, it is said, at the
solicitation of Mr. Conkling.
After an exciting debate, the Minnesota
House, by a vote of thirty-eight to forty-nine,
recently decided to indefinitely postpone the
bill providing for the submission to a vote of
the people of an amendment to the Constitution
prohibiting tho manufacture or sale in the State
of spirituous or malt liquors.
The joint resolution proposing to submit to
the people of Pennsylvania an amendment to
the constitution prohibiting the sale of intoxi
cating liquors was defeated in the lower house
of the Legislature on the first reading. Under
the rules, however, it was laid over for a secoud
The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill
increasing the public school appropriation
$100,000. A bill has passed the Senate and is
pending in the House appropriating $00,000 to
the University and $30,000 to the Agricultural
By tho will of a Boston lady, lately deceased,
Miss Susan B. Anthoney and Mrs. Lucy Stono
Blackwell will .receive 520,000 each as tbo
representative woman suffragists, and it is
said they will use the money in advancing tho
The Supremo Conrfc of Pennsylvania on tho
19th inst gave a decision affirming the opinion
of tho lower court in the Philadelphia city
controllership suit. S. Davis Page is, there
fore, the legally elected controller.
Rev. Lyman H. Atwater, D. D., LL. D., pro
fessor of logic and of moral and political sci
ence at Princeton College, died on Saturday.
The death is announced of the son of Robert
A. Packer, eldest sou of the lato Judge Asa
Packer, of Pennsylvania, at his winter resi
dence in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tho State of Rhode Island having voted
$7,500 and tho city of Newport $5,000, the
citizens of Newport have arranged for the re
maining $2,500 required for the $15,000 naval
statue to Commodore Perry, of Lake Erie fame.
Ann Gerry, third daughter of Elbridgc
Gerry, formerly Vice-President of the United
States and a signer of tho Declaration of Indc
pence, died in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday,
aged nincty-ono years. She was a young lady
at tho time of her father's sudden death in
Washington, on his way to tho Capitol, Nov.
The funcrnal of the late Marshall Jewell
took place at Hartford, Connecticut, on tho
14th inst There was a general suspension of
business aud tho Legislature adjourned br the
day. Tho pall-bearers were cx-Gov. Bigclow,
ox-Secretary Bnstow, Hon. Francis Wayland,
E.W. Hinman, Hon. Oliver Hoyt, General S.
S. 3Icrwin, ox-Gov. R. D. Hubbard, aud Mayor
M. G. Bulkcly. Among those present at the
obsequies were Postmaster-Gcucral Howe, First
and Second Assistant Postmasters-General Hat
ton and Elmer, McDonald of the foreign letter
office, Secretary of the Navy Chandler. Senator
Hawley, ox-Gov. English, and Gov. Waller.
George Dawson, formerly editor of the Al
bany Evening Journal, died on Saturday, in tho
seventy-second year of his age. He was born
in Scotland, and when but a lad his father
emigrated to this country. George was appren
ticed at tho printing business. Ho moved
to Albany from Rochester soon after tho cstafi
lishmcntof tho Albany Evening Journal, and
entered the office as foreman. In 1S4G ho was
admitted as a partner, his associates being
Thurlow Weed and Visschor Ten Eyck. Mr.
Dawson has served over half a century in
newspaper work, and rotired September 1st
Hon. William E. Smith, ex-Governor of Wis
consin, died in Milwaukee on the 13th inst.
from pneumonia. He was born in Scotland,
June 13, 1S24, and emigrated with his parents
to the United States in early childhood. The
family settled in New York city, where he ac
quired a very fair education in the public
schools. Upon reaching tho ago of manhood
youug Smith came West and settled in Oak
land co., Michigan, from which State he moved
into Wisconsin in 1819. Ho was at one time in
the Assembly, then the State treasurer, and later
speaker of the Assembly. He was elected Gov
ernor iu 1877 and re-elected iu 1879.
The will of the late Samuel Willets was filed
in New York last week for probate. He be
queaths Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, of
which he was president, $100,000, tho interest
to bo applird to the education of poor and de
serving children. He directs the purchase of
five scholarships to cost $5,000 each and each
one to bo named after his five grandchildren.
He leaves sums ranging from $5,000 to $50,000
to different charitable institutions, societies,
and hospitals of Now York, and also a sum of
$100,000 in trust to bo disposed of for charit
able purposes, to improve the condition of the
poor or for tho support of any of his descend
ants should they become poor.
Ex-Governor Edwin D. Morgan, of New
York, died at eight o'clock on the morning of
the 11th in New York city. Both houses of the
State Legislature adjourned on the announce
ment of his death. Edwin D. Morgan was born
in Massachusetts, February 8, 1811. In 183G ho
removed to New York and entered the grocery
trade, amassing a large fortune. In 1853 ho
was elected Governor of New York, and re
elected in 1SG0. In 18GL he was appointed by
President Lincoln major-general of volunteers.
InlSG3hewas elected a Senator in. Congress,
and in 1SG9 was defeated for that position by
ex-Governor Fcnton. On the retirement of
Secretary Fessenden, President Lincoln offered
him the secretaryship of the Treasury, which
ho declined. When General Arthur succeeded
to the presidency he nominated Mr. Morgan for
Secretary of the Treasury to succeed Mr. Win
dom. The Senate confirmed the nomination
by a unanimous vote, and the appointment was
universally commended, but for tho second
time Mr. Morgan declined the office. Governor
Morgan leaves an estate estimated at from
$7,000,000 to $12,000,000. He gave $100,000 for
a new library building for the Union Theolog
ical Seminary, and built a hall at Williams
College at a cost of $SS,000. His wife, to whom
he was married in 1833, survives him. Their
only son, Dr. Edwin C. Morgan, died in 1881,
leaving an only son, Edwin D. Morgan, Jr.,
who no doubt will inherit his grandfather's
large estate. The funeral took place on the
lGth inst at the Brick Church, Fifth avenue.
The front pew was occupied by President Ar
thur, Gen. Grant, Hamilton Fish, and John
Jacob Astor. The services opened with prayer
by Rev. Dr. J. JL Vandyke, after which he at
tempted to speak. He was overcome with grief,
and could only say, " I cannot speak, but others
more eloquent will talk to you of the dead."
The Rev. Dr. Murray then read an address of
eulogy on tho departed Governor, paying a
high tribute to his Christian character. Dr.
Hitchcock followed with an eulogy, and Rev.
John Hall closed the services with a short
prayer. Among those who attended the ser
vices were Win. JJowd, Sidney Dillon, Russell
Sage, cx-Seuator Conkling, Jackson S. Schultz,
Algernon S. Sullivan, Elliott F. Shepard, Sam
uel Sloan, Henry Bcrgh, ex-Mayor Wickhain,
Prof. Dwight, ex-Governor Cornell, General
Hancock, Rev. J. P. Newman, and Father
THE WESTERN FLOODS.
Losses Reckoned by Millions Whole Toims Wiped
The damage done by tho Ohio floods to prop
erty is reckoned by millions. Isolated dwell
ings and small hamlets, as well as towns and
cities, along the course of the river have their
quotas of disaster to add to the sum total.
Cincinnati, though relieved from tho flood, has
10,000 people in urgent need. Lawrenceburgh,
a place of about-6,000 inhabitants, is practically
swept away. When the water recedes and un
covers the area tho town occupies it is consid
ered questionable "whether a single house will
remain tenantable." The basis on which this
conjecture rests must be considered ample if it
be true, as reported from the locality, that
" people move about in skiffs searching for their
homes, and anxiously feeling below thesurface
of the water with rods and poles to ascertain
if their houses have withstood tho floods and
remain in position." Some 800 heads of fam
ilies in Lawrenceburgh are deprived of their
only source of income, and for the time being
are absolutely dependent upon charity for the
necessaries of lifo. Distress and want appear
on every side. Th e damage wrough t in Lou is
villo involves distress to several thousands.
Jeffersonville, a place of 10,400 people, opposite
Louisville, is very nearly obliterated by the
flood. Four-fifths of this town are underwater,
and at least 0,000 of its inhabitants are without
homes and personal effects beyond tho clothes
they wear. Half the business men of the place
are ruined financially. Thero were situated
hero extensive car-works, glass-works and ship
yards, employing 2,500 hands, most of whom
are now made dependent upon charity for sus
tenance. New Albany, a city of 1G,400 people,
likewise opposite Louisville, is also in a bad
condition. Over 300 residences are overturned,
factories are stopped, and business is brought
to a standstill. The overflowing water extends
beyond tho city rearward soino four miles,
taking in several suburbs. Lower Now Albany,
Port Union and Falling Run are reported as
"absolutely wiped off the map." The los3 in
the larger town is placed at $1,000,000, and
some 11,000 homeless people are reported "hud
dled into close, uncomfortable and necessarily
unhealthy quarters, many of them scantily
clad, tho large majority penniless, and all out
of employment, with no prospect for work for
some weeks to come. A great many have lost
nearly all their household effects and nearly
all are dependent upon public charity." Aurora
loses 300 houses. Clarksville is under water
aud half the town is washed away. Harden
town and North Bend are submerged to tho
roofs of the houses, with what results to the
peoplo in the loss of property may be imagined.
A Cairo (111.) dispatch of the 19th inst, says:
At G o'clock this evening the river marked
fifty-one feet, and was rising half an inch an
hour. The lowlands below hero are inun
dated, and the loss of stock, grain, etc., is
great. Thero is a foot of water on the floor of
the Iron Mountain Railroad at Bird's Point
The Jackson road is transfering passengers by
boat across Mayficld Creek, tho embankment at
that place having given away. Business is en
tirely suspended at this end of tho Iron Moun
tain and Texas and St. Louis roads. It is
thought the river will come to a stand by to
morrow night, and thero is little danger of the
breakage of tho levees. The work of bulk
heading the Ohio levee is going on rapidly.
Reports of distress are coming from tho low
lands of Kentucky and Missouri.
A Vicksburg (Miss.) dispatch of the 19th
News received hero to-day reports that tho
proctection levee at Goodrich's gave way on
Saturday night, and water is now running
through at that point Tho Illawara and
Edgewood breaks are about 300 yards wido,
and water from ouo to four feet deep is spread
ing over tho country back of these points,
A St Louis dispatch, of tho 20th List, says:
Information from St. Charles, Mo., is to the
effect that an immense ico gorge came rushing
down the Missouri River yesterday morning on
a high and rapidly running volume of water,
which overflowed the low bottom lauds oppo
site St. Charles, and almost submerged tho
little town of Brotherton. The Government
tug Elcctra was crushed by the ice, and nearly
all the Government work for tho improvement
of navigation at that point was swept away.
The St Charles Car Works on the river bank,
with tho valuable dock built iuto the river, wero
destroyed. Tho railroads in this vicinity are
getting in good shape again, and schedule time
is about resumed.
THE OLD WORLD
Something About What Is Going on in Other Lands
Richard Wagner, the eminent composer, died
on tho 13th inst at Venice. Heart disease was
the cau?o of death. He expired in the arms of
his wife and surrounded by his children.
Richard Wagner was born in Leipsic in 1813.
Ho was a good student and fond of tho classics,
translated twelve books of tho Odyssey, and
longed to bo a poet. His musical faculty was
awakened by hearing Beethoven's symphonies.
Without auyspecial musical training, he began
writing overtures, ono of which was played in
tho Leipsic theatre. At nineteen ho composed
an overture which was well received at ono of
the Genendhaus concerts in Leipsic, and a sym
phony which was performed at tlie conservatory
at Vienna. In 1812 ho wrote tho opera of
"Rieuzi," and later tho "Flying Dutchman"
aud "Tannhausor," which attracted tho atten
tion of Ludwig, King of Bavaria, lie brought
out "Tristan" aud "Isolde" in 1SG5, "Dio
Meistersinger von Nurnberg" in 1SGS, and in
the summer of 1876, in a theatre of his own
design at Baireuth, tho threefold opera of "The
Niebelungen Ring." This was ono of tho
greatest musical events of the century. His
last work was "Parsifal." His remains ar
rived at Baireuth on tho 18th inst, and, at tho
desire of his widow, were laid in tho tomb with
a single religious blessing. The King of Ba
varia has undertaken the education of Wag
ner's son, Siegfred. At Dublin, on Satur
day, tho hearing of the prisoners charged with
conspiracy to murder government officials was
resumed. Carey, one of the conspirators, having
turned State's evidence,-wont on tho stand and
gave a complete history of tho Irish Invinci
bles (the assassination society), and described
the part assigned to each member in the assas
sination of Secretary Burke and Lord Cavcu
dish. His testimony created a great sensation.
Tho British Parliament reassembled on
Thursday last, and the session was opened by
the reading of the Queen's speech. Sir Gar
net Wolseley took his seat in tho House of
Lords. Mr. Parnell will introduce a bill iu
tho House of Commons amending the land act
Mr. Bradlaugh occupied his seat in the
Houso of Commons. In tho French Cham
ber of Deputies, Thursday, tho proposal render
ing the princes liable to expulsion by the de
cree of tho President was adopted. The ex
Empress Eugenic, it is reported, has recognized
Prince Napoleon as the head of the Bonaparte
family. A new French ministry has been
formed, with M. Ferry, minister of foreign af
fairs; M. Martin-Fcuille, minister of the inte
rior; M. Waldcck-Rossoau, minister of justice;
M. Tirard, minister of finance; Gen. Thibau
din, minister of war; M. Raynol, minister of
public works, and M. Cochery, minister of posts
and telegraphs. It is reported that twenty
persons have died of trichinosis in Malaga from
eating American hams. At the conclusion
of tho inquiry into the cause of tho Cimbria
disaster the captain aud first officer of the
steamer Sultan were discharged from custody.
Archbishop McCabc, who ha3 been reported
dead, is now said to be somewhat better.
The Spanish Congress has rojected tho bill re
storing the civil marriage law of 1870.
AFTER MANY YEARS.
An Affecting Meeting between a Soldier and Ills
From the iV. Y. llerald.
During tho fighting that preceeded tho sur
render at Appomattox the cavalry on both
sides wero very actively employed. While
directing som6 movements of his command at
the front Major General Fitz-Hugh Lee and his
staff were often exposed to heavy fire. One "of
the last shots fired found its way into the breast
of Captain Charles Minnigerode, of Gen. Lee's
staff. Captain Minnigerode fell from his horse
apparently dead. Thero was no time to care
for his body, but Fitz-Hugh Lee, dismounting,
pinned on his breast the following note :
This is the Ijody of Captain Charles Minnigerode,
of General Fitz-llugh Lee's stalf. Whoever finds
it M'ill confer n great favor by seeing that it is
properl y cared for, and sending information to his
father at Richmond. ' Frrz-H uoii Lee.
The lines of combat shifted, and presently
a New York regiment passed over the grouud.
Tho surgeon noticed the body of the Confed
erate officer, and, stooping over it, saw the note
and also that the man was not dead. Taking
up the body in his arms, tho Union surgeon,
who was a powerfully built man, carried it
about a third of a mile to a field hospital.
Here he gave his young charge special attention
and noted with satisfaction a gradual improve
ment Captain Minnigorode recovered, and
after the war went to New Orleans. Thesurgeou
returned to New York and renewed the prac
tice of medicine at Poughkeepsie.
On Thursday evoning General Lee, now an
officer of tho Virginia Volunteers (National
Guard), accompanied by a party of officers of
the Thirteenth, was in a box at tho Casino,
witnessing the performance of the "Queen's
Laco Handkerchief." Thero were present in
General Leo's box Colonel Austin, of the Thir
teenth New York ; Colonel Wertaubaker, of the
Third Virgiuia; Colonel John A. McCaull;
Quartermaster Ackerman, of the Thirteenth,
and Captain Minnigerode, who, being on a visit
to New York, had been invited to accompany
his old commander to the theatre. An usher
entered and told the Captain that a gentleman
wished to speak with him. Tho gentleman
came in and Captain Minnigerode went to the
rear of the box to meet him.
"You do not remember ma?" said the
"There is something about your face, sir,
that tells me I do know you," reilied the Cap
tain. "You were left for dead on the field of Ap
pomattox and "
"Yes, yes," hurriedly broke in Minnegerode,
a light of recognition stealing over his express
"I am Dr. Carter."
" My God, sir ! you arc the man who saved
The two men fairly hugged each other for a
moment, and then the Captain, turning to Gon
cral Lee, said :
"General, this gentleman saved my life, un
doubtedly." As General Leo greeted the doc
tor tho latter said, smilingly :
" Yes, sir; I took the bullet out."
"And here is the bullet," said Minnegerode,
taking it out of his pocket and holding it up
between ,his thumb and forefinger.
For a few moments the rich costumes and
pretty women on the stage wero forgotten, and
the little group of officers gazed instead on the
two characters who had just reached a happy
climax in the drama of life.
A Reminiscence of the Milwaukee Fire.
Mr. William E. Cramer, of Milwaukee, Wis.,
ono of the severely injured guests of the New
hall House, has dictated a letter to his brother
in Albany, in which he says: "Your letter
floated, into our sick room, as it wero, like deli
cious incense amid our intense suffering. Hattie
and I are both cruelly burned, she a little more
sorely than I. She led mo through the horrible
flame like Shadrach who passed before Nebu
chadnezzar. Yet there was not only the smell
of fire upon our garments, but all over our
bodies. We have now passed seventeen days
of intense suffering, and, our physicians say,
aro slowly mending. I feel our losses severely,
not so much in the amount (it will probably bo
($10,000 above the insurance) but in the loss of
all our beautiful books; for Hattie had gath
ered a precious library of maps, photograplis,
and rare pictures wo. had collected in Europe
and Mexico; her much-loved diamonds, every
shred of clothing, and every precious memento
and memorial of the past, oven to her wedding
ring. So there is nothing left to us but tho lovo
of our kinsmen aud our friends, who have all
been so very good so very good. As I left tho
Newhall Houso on that dreadful night, some
how I thought : Naked camo I into the world
and naked go I out again.' Now, dear brother,
do not render yourself anxious. We have two
of the best physicians, and two holy Sisters wait
on us, nurses night and day, and our kinsmen
hero could not bo more loving or more affec
tionate. This is tho only letter that I have
dictated, and you may show it to whom your
Tensions for 1S1'2 Veterans.
Tho Pennsylvania House of Representatives
has passed tho bill granting a pension of $10
and annuity of $120 to soldiers and widows of
soldiers of tho war of 1812. It is asserted that
these pensions will cost tho State $200,000 a
Going to ifar Without a Gun.
"Inclosed please find SI. for which you will
plen.e send a copy of Tim Tiubdxb to Lyon Post,
Kb. 137, Eureka Springs, Ark. 1 joined the Post
last night nnd found it without a Tkibune might
just as well go to war without a gun." Levi W.
Sletcalf, Eureka Springs, Ark.
THE WORK OF CONGRESS.
Failure of an Aitempt to Pass the
Tax Reduction Bill.
THE TARIFF DEBATE.
But Little Prospect of Action
at tlie Present Session.
In tho Senate on Wednesday, tho 14th inst.,
the tariff bill was further considered. After
some debate, tho paragraph concerning the
duty on books was adopted in tho following
form : " Cooks, pamphlets, bound or unbound,
aud all printed matter, wrholly or in part in
tho English language, not especially enu
merated or provided for in this act; cngraviucs,
bound or unbound etchings, illustrated books,
maps and charts, 15 per centum ad valorem."
The amendment made in Committee of the
Whole, raising tho duty on bituminous coal
from 50 to 75 cents per ton, gavo rise to a
A vote was finally taken, and the amend
ment adopted in Committee of tho Whole
making the duty on bituminous coal 75 cents
per ton was agreed to yeas 23, nays 18.
Tho amendment inserting friction or lucifer
matches at 35 per cent, ad valorem was agreed
Mr. Cockrell (Mo.) asked for a separate vote
on the paragraph laying a duty of 20 per cent,
on garden seeds. The amendment was agreed
to yeas 22, nays 20.
The paragraph embracing books and pamph
lets was amended so as to admit free only those
printed " exelusivley in a foreign language."
The other amendments mado in Committee
of the Whole were agreed to. The additional
section proposed by Mr. Sherman (O.) pro
viding that the repeal of existing laws by this
act shall not affect rights or liabilities accruing
or accrued under such laws, &c, was agreed to.
In tho Senate on Thursday, the loth inst., Mr.
Edmunds (Vt.) made a report from the Judiciary
Committee in favor of the purchase by the
Government of tho Arlington property from
the heirs of General Robert E. Lee. Tho tariff
bill was then taken up. Several attempt' were
made to increase the duty on iron, but without
The amendment made in Committee of the
Whole in relation to the duty on "sulphur ore
as pyrites or sulphurct of iron" was agreed to
yeas 31, nays 21.
The proviso adopted in Committee of the
Whole as an amendment to the salt paragraph
was agreed to. It provides for tho refund of
duties paid on imported salt used in curing
meats afterwards exported.
All the reserved paragraphs having been dis
posed of, the bill was opened to amendments
On motion of Mr. Ransom (N. C.) the inter
nal revenue tax on cigarettes weighing not
more than three pounds per thousand was re
duced from 75 to 50 cents per thousand.
In the Senate on Friday, the 16th inst., Mr.
Bayard (Del.) presented the conference report
on the Japanese indemnity bill, aud explained
it.. After discussion it was passed.
Mr. Conger (Mich.) moved to make the
additional duty on charcoal iron $3 a ton. This
was agreed to yeas 27, nays 19.
Mr. Sewell (N. J.) moved to amend the jute
paragraph by stirking out $15 a ton and in
serting 20 per cent, ad valorem. Agreed to after
debate yeas 35, nays 14.
Mr. Brown (Ga.) moved the following: "And
all laws now in force assessing a tax, or provid
ing for the collection of a tax, known as in
ternal revenue laws, on whisky and brandy,
are hereby repealed. Rejected yeas 3, nays
50. Tlie affirmative votes wero given by
Messrs. Brown (Ga.), Ransom (N. ), and
Vance (N. C.)
Mr. Brown moved an amendment to tho in
ternal revenue portion of the bill providing for
the repeal of all internal revenue taxe3 on
tobacco and manufacturers of tobacco.
Mr. Gorman (Md.) moved to amend this by
providing for the repeal from and after the 1st
of July, 1833, of the taxes on tobacco ; the spec
ial liconse tax on pedldors and retail dealers in
tobacco and the tax on matches.
Mr. Brown accepted the amendment.
Mr. Logan (HI.) opposed it.
Mr. Gorman, replying to Mr. Logan, com
plimented him as a great leader of the Repub
lican party, and expressed surprise that he was
unwilling to follow the recommendations of his
chief (the President) upon this subject.
Mr. Logan. Mr. President, I recognize no
chief, no man to dictate to me how I shall
vote, what principles I shall advocate, or how
I shall advocate them. I respect tho chief
magistrate; he may entertain his opinions, but
he must allow me to entertain mine.
Tlie Gorman amendment, except the part
repealing the tax on matches, was rejected
yeas 7, nays 47.
Mr. Gorman withdrew the part of his amend
ment relating to tho tax on matches.
Mr. Brown offered an amendmont that after
the 1st of July, 1883, the internal revenue tax
on whisky and brandy shall be 50 cents per
gallon. Lost yea 1 (Mr. Brown), nays 49.
In the Senate, on Saturday, tho 17th inst., a
long debato took place over a resolution offered
by Senator Blair (N. H.) instructing the Com
mittee on the Judiciary to inquire aud report
its opinion whether the Legislature of New
Hampshire chosen in November, 1832, when
organized, can lawfully elect a Senator of the
United States to fill the term commencing on
March 5th, 1835. Mr. Blair finally withdrew
the resolution, and tho tariff bill was taken up.
An amendment to the metal schedule, offered by
Mr. Sherman (O.) leading to a long debate and
some sharp words between Messrs. Sherman
and Beck (Ky.) Mr. Sherman characterized a
statement made by Mr. Beck as absolutely un
true, and declared that tho Senator from Ken
tucky should not misrepresent him nor bully
the Senate, to which Mr. Beck replied: "And
I will not be bullied in the Senate, either; nor
will I be told "that we have no sense, and that
all the sense is concentrated in tho Committee
on Ways and Means of tho House, and tho
action of tho House against the rules of the
House, without resenting it."
The Houso resolutions in relation, to the
death of Representative Shackelford were re
ceived. Mr. Ransom (N. C.) offered the customary
resolutions on the subject, and after addresses
by him and Mr. Vance (N. C.) the Senate ad
journed. MONDAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
In the Senate, on Monday, tho 19th inst.,
Mr. Piatt, (Conn.,) from the Coinmitteo on Pen
sions, reported favorably tho House bill grant
ing a pension to the widow of the lato Major
At tho close of the morning hour, Mr. In
galls, (Kan.,) called up his resolution to fix tho
daily hour of meeting from now until the end
of the session at 10 a. m., which was agreed to.
A brief executive session was held, and it
was agreed to remove tho injunction of se
crecy from the Mexican treaty.
Tho tariff bill was then taken up. Tho
pending question was on tho amendment
offered by Mr. Sherman (O.) irwrelation to the
duty on steel. Tho amendment, after a long
debate, was modified on Mr. McPhcrson's (N.
J.) motion, and agreed to as follows, by a vote
of 30 yeas to 28 nays : "Steel ingots, cogged
ingots, blooms and slabs by whatever process
mado ; dio blocks or blanks ; billets and bars
and tapered or beveled bars; bands, hoops,
strips, and sheets of all gauges and widths ;
plates of all thicknesses and widths ; steamer,
crank and other shafts; wrist and other crank
nins: connecting rods and piston rods ; pressed,
sheared or stamped shapes, or blanks of spigot
or plato steel or combination ot steel ana l&g
nunched or not iiuncuea; nammer moius
swagged steel, gun molds not in bars; alloy
used as substitutes lor steel toots ; ail uescrip-
tions and shapes of dry sand, loam, or iron
molded steel castings ; all of tho abovo classes
of steel not otherwise specially provided for in
this act, valued at 5 cents per pound or less,
40 per centum ad valorem; above 5 cents a
pound and not above 9 cents, to 2i cents per
pound; valued above 9 cents per pound, 31
ccpts per pound."
On tho amendment Mr. McPherson (N. J.,
Dcm.) voted with the Republicans in tho
affirmative, and Mr. VanWyck (Neb., Rep.)
voted with the Democrats in tho negative.
In the Senate on Tuesday, the 20th inst., the
tariff bill was agahltaken up. The pending
question was on tho motion to reconsider tho
vote by which the duty on green and colored
glass bottles, vials, demijohns, &c, not cut,
engraved or painted, and not specially provided
for, was changed from 30 per cent, ad valorem
to H cents per pound. The motion was agreed
Mr. Sewell (N. J.) moved to make the duty
ono cent per pound.
Mr. Beck (Ky.) denounced this attempt to
placo an onormous tax on every little jug and
bottle and preserve jar used in the country at
the demand of a little squad of men who asked
for it on tho pretext of protecting American
labor, but really for tho purposo of ouriching
Mr. Sewell said that the glass manufacturers
in Now Jersey had not made any inouey for
the last fifteen years.
Mr. McPherson, (N. J.,) in advocating Mr.
Sewell's amendment, remarked that whenever
any question was raised touching the liquor in
terest tho Senator from Kentucky (Mr. Beck)
at once sprang to his feet. When whisky was
touched the Senator from Kentucky was
Mr. Logan (111.) said that tho German bottle
makers had had an agent here all winter try
to have bottles put on tho free list.
Mr. Beck, discussing the tax on whisky and
his alleged interest in it, said ho had never in
his life owned more than a barrel of whisky at
ono timo. Laughtor.
The motion to make tho duty on bottles of
tho class described one cent per pound was lost,
leaving tho rate 30 per cent, ad valorem.
In the Houso on Wednesday, the 14th inst.,
the tariff bill was again taken up, tho pending
paragraph being the "basket" clause, imposing
a duty of 45 per cent, ad valorem on manufac
tures, articles, or wares not specially enumer
ated, wholly or in part, composed of any metal.
A number of amendments wero lost, and the
consideration of schedule D, wood and wooden
waro, was entered.
Having concluded the consideration of the
wood schedule without making any change
therein, the committco rose.
The House then, at 5:30, took a itccss until
7:30 p. m.
At the evening session the legislative appro
priation bill was taken up, and after complet
ing 5-1 pages of the bill the House adjourned.
In tho House on Thursday, the 15th inst.,
Mr. Williams (Ky.) submitted tho conference
report on the Japanese indemnity fund bill.
The effect of the bill, as agreed to in confer
ence, is to return to Japan the original sum re
ceived from that government, ($785,000,) with
out interest, to pay the officers and crews of tho
Wyoming and the Ta-Kiang $140,000, aud to
cancel all the bonds comprising the Japanese
After debato the conference report was agreed
to yeas 132, nays 27.
The tariff bill was then taken np, and the
sugar schedule was considered, but without
At the evening session, after considering
eighty of the ninety-two pages of the-legisla-tive
appropriation bill tho committee rostf and
the House adjurned.
In the House on Friday, the 16th inst., the
legislative appropriation bill was taken up.
Mr. Cannon, (HI.,) under instruction of the
appropriation committee, offered an amend
ment requiring all clerks and other employees
in executive Departments to work from nine
a. m. to four p. m. from 1st October to 1st April,
and from nine a. m. to five p. m. from 1st April
to 1st October. After debato the amendment
was adopted. The bill was then reported to
the House. The final amendment voted upon
was that reducing the number of internal rev
enue collection districts to 82, and itwas agreed
to yeas 13G, nays 99. The amendment increas
ing the hours of clerical labor in the Depart
ments was agreed to yeas 124, nays 32. The
bill was then passed yeas 170, nays 59.
Mr. Kelley (PaT.) moved to go into Committee
of the Whole on tho tariff bill, and at 435 the
motion was agreed to yeas 100, nays 51 the
negative vote being cast by those desirous of
taking up the " bonded spirits " bill.
Mr. Bayne (Pa.) moved to reduce tho dnty
on all sugars'above No. 13 Dutch standard and
not above No. 16 Dutch standard from 3 to 2 V
cents per pound, which led to a long debate.
Pending action on tho amendment the com
Mr. Skinner (Miss.) introduced a bill appro
priating $500,000 for therelief of the sufferers
from the floods in the Mississippi and Ohio Riv
ers, and Mr. Wheeler introduced a bill appro
priating $100,000 for the same purpose. Both
measures were referred to the Committee on
The House, at the evening session, proceeded
to the consideration of tho bill for the allow
ance of- certain claims (known as 4th of July
claims) reported by the accounting officers of
the Treasury Department. The bill appropri
ates $293,000. After discussion the bill was
passed, and the House then adjourned.
In the House, on Saturday, the 17th inst., the
tariff bill being still under consideration in
Committee of the Whole, Mr.Dunnell, (Minn.,)
a member of the Ways and Means Committee,
expressed his surprise at the unabated interest
which was manifested in the pending bill in
the light of the fact that there was no earthly
hope of its passage. The next few days will
verify the truthfulness of my statements. Al
ready steps have been taken to pass through
the House next Monday the internal-revenue
bill, taking off from capital what labor de
manded should bo taken off. "Therefore,"
Mr. Dunnell concluded, " we are here debating
a bill, dishonoring ourselves on this side as the
domiuaut party, and dishonoring Congress in
its treatment of the people." Applause on the
When Mr. Dunnell concluded, Mr. Haskell
(Kan.) moved that tho Committee of tho Whole
rise and report the bill to the House. Imme
diately tho House became a sceue of indescrib
able confusion. Mr. Haskell's motion wa3
agreed to, and he at once moved that the House
again go into Committee of the Whole, and,
pending that, moved that all debate on the
pending section of the bill be closed in one
Over this proposition the war of words raged
furiously. Mr. Carlisle (Ky.) mado the point
that such a motion was not in order.
Debate was continued for a long time, the
Democrats demanding a decision on the point
of order, and Republicans endeavoring to find
some way of expediting the bill without yield
ing. Discussion was interrupted at 3 o'clock
by the Speaker, who announced that the hour
for tho special order (tho eulogies of the late
Mr. Shackleford. of North Carolina,) had ar
rived. Mr. Blackburn and other Democrats, with an
air of defiance, urged an immediate decision of
tho point of order, but the Speaker did not
yield to tho demand, and the prayer of Wel
lington at Waterloo for "night or Blucher"
was tauntingly quoted by Mr. Tucker (Va).
The eulogies on Mr. Shackleford 'were then
In tho House, or Monday, the 19th inst., Mr.
Hiscock, chairman of tho Committee on Ap
propriations, reported the sundry civil appro
priation bill, aud it was referred to tho Com
mute of tho Whole.
A number of motions to suspend were lost for
want of tho requisite two-thirds vote, among
them being one offered by Mr. Lindsey, (Me.,)
from the Committee on Pensions, Bounty, aud
Back Pay, to suspend the rules and pass a bill
repealing the law limiting the fco of an attor
ney in pension and bounty land casc3 to $10,
fixing the maximum fee at $25 ; providing that
tho contract between the attorney and the ap
plicant shall be filed with tlie Commissioner of
Pensions, and prohibiting the acceptance of the
fee until the case has been prosecuted to a suc
Mr. Kelley, (Pa.,) from the Committee on
Ways and Means, moved to suspend tho rules
and pass a bill to reduce internal-revenue tax
ation. Mr. Tucker (Va.) inquired whether Mr. Kel
ley would admit of an amendment to abolish
entirely tho tax on tobacco.
Mr. Kelley replied tha't the gentleman knew
that the Speaker must decide that the amend
ment could not be admitted. In support of his
motion, Mr. Kelley said every lino of the bill
presented had received tho approval of the
Senate and tho committco which he repre
sented, therefore he believed that while doubt
and uncertainty might prevail as to tariff leg
islation, there was an opportunity offered to
mitigate our excessivo revenue to the extent of
Mr. Carlisle (Ky.) contended that whenever
Congress touched the internal-revenue tax it
ought to abolish it entirely, and thereby get
rid of the horde of office-holders now required
to enforce tho law.
Tho motion to suspend tho rnlos and pass
tho bill was defeated yeas 102, nays 97 not
tho necessary two-thirds.
In the House on Tuesday, the 20th Inst, Mr.
Henderson, (111.,) from the Committco on Mili
tary Affairs, reported a resolution calling on
the Secretary of War for information as to
West Point cadets. Adopted.
Mr. Bingham, iPenn.,) by unanimous consent,
offered a joint resolution authorizing Major
Wm. Ludlow, corps of engineers, to accept tho
position of chief engineer of tho water depart
ment of Philadelphia aud giving him leave of
absence for two years without p.iy. Passed.
Mr. Cox, (N. Y.,1 by unanimous consent,
offered a joint resolution accepting for Congress
the invitation of tho regents of the Smithson
ian Institution to attend tho ceremony of in
augurating tho bronzo statue of Prof. Joseph
Henry on April 19th next, and providing for
tho attendauco of seven Senators and fifteen
Members to represent Congress. Passed.
Mr. Hiscock, (N. Y.,) chairman of the Ap
propriations Committee moved to go into Com
mittco of the Whole on sundry civil appropria
tion bill. In reply to a question by Mr.
Kelley, ho expressed the opinion that the bill
wouhl not occupy mora than two or three
days; and said that it would be followed by tho
Mr. Calkins, (Ind.,) chairman of tho Elec
tions Committee, gave notice that he would aa
soon as the sundry civil bill was disposed of)
ask action on tho various election cases now on
Mr. Kelley, (Pa.,) said that recognizing tho
importance of the passage of the appropriation
bills in timo for action by the Senate, ho would
not antagonizo them; but as soon as they
were disposed of he would again press tho con
sideration of the tariff bill, in tho hope of
reaching a result.
Tho House then went into Committee of tho
Whole, Mr. Kasson, i la.,) in the chair, on tho
sundry civil appropriation bill. General de
bato was dispensed with, and the bill waa
read by paragraphs for amendment.
BROUGHT TO ACCOUNT.
A Soldier's Stlnslns Rebuke to a Libelous Xeirs
paper. The following correspondence explains itself:
Editor X. Y. Tribune.
Sin: I suppose my subscription Is nearly out for
tlie Tribune. I cannot renew it, for the following
reasons: You are one of those fellows who, during
tho war, shouted "On to Richmond!" nnd I am
one of those fellowswho went there. But, as wa
found some obstructions in our imth, a great many
of us got badly used up before we got through, and
now you raise thejnnid cry against the pension
roll. .Now, sir, it is hard for me to give up the X.
Y. Tribune after being a subscriber for nbout twenty
seven years, but I cannot Rive even niy feeble sup
Sort to a paper that twenty years ago called mo "a
rave boy." wlule bounding me onward to Rich
mond, and now colls me "a fraud," if I ask the
Government to give me a little aid to repair dam
ages sustained in getting there. From the high es
teem in which 1 have held the X. Y. TW&rm, I
should think its self-respect nnd patriotism would
prompt it, as well as some other journals who now
howl fraud against the old soldier, to ferret out a
few of those frauds and show them up. Unless you
do this, you may strike my name from your list.
The bondholder has got his pound of llesh and
more fortunate than the original Shylock he has
got the blood also, while the old soldier, who saved
the Union and made our present splendid National
prosperity possible, asks only his daily bread and
I think the day is not far distant when he will de
mand thut. I would like you to explain how it
comes about that a Government that was able to
put down the greatest rebellion the world has ever
seen, is now so imbecile as not to be able to protect
itself ngainst the rapacity of those who saved its
life. Yours, for truth and justice,
G. G. ItEELT.
Speeso Greet, "Wis.
437 thyeto to ceawl oct of it.
New Yonn, February 10, IS
G. G. Reelt. Spring Green, Sauk Co.. Wis.
Deau Sir: "lour letter received. We note tic
Tou intend to discontinue the Tribune, because li
criticises the oension legislation of Congress. It Is
a pity to lose on old friend, and although the busi
ness office has little time to answer letters of this
sort, I want to soy one word in reply to you. The
honest soldiers of the country have been generally
thought to be unfavorable to some of the bad fea
tures of the pension legislation. The Tribune be
lieves in paying pensions to the genuine volunteers
and veterans; but when it comes to paying pen
sions to men that don't deserve it, and getting up
schemes to make pension agents rich, that is Ta't
another thing. You will never see the N". Y. Trib
une go back on tho real soldier, who fought the
successful war for the Union. We do not mean to
strike one blow at those men.
Yours, truly, IIeney Haij
For the Tribune.
WHAT THE IT. V. TETHCE ACTITAII.T SAID.
Denouncing the Arrears Act.
From tlie X. Y. Tribune.
One of the most disgraceful acts of Congress, at
its last session, was its refusal to take any steps
whatever to guard the Treasury against the enor
mous frauds to which the pension-arrears act
opened tlie door. If there are Republican mem
bers who wish to regain public confidence for their
party, one of their earliest and moat earnest efforts
will be to secure the adoption of some measure
under which theclaims yet unpaid sliall be thor
oughly examined, and restrictions placed upon
iiayment until such examination has been made,
t is one thing to pay $1,000 000,000 a year to honest,
deserving and actually disabled soldiers, and a very
different tiling to pay half that sum to claim agents,
many of whom make more money by swindling
than any soldier ever did by fighting.
Post the Pensioners Conspicuously.
From the 2f. Y. Tribune.
There f is a whispered belief whether well or
ill-founded that a considerable proportion of our
great pension list is fraudulent ; that names have
been added to it by thousands in consequence of
the energetic course of agents whose fees stimu
lated their efTorts. To determine the truth or
falsity of these repeated charges, might it not be
well to authorize annually or semi-annually the
public exhibition of the list of pensioners on the
rolls of each agency the names to be conspicu
ously posted in the counties and towns where the
The Forty Dollar Bill.
It is hoped in these parts that Senators Mitchell,
Piatt, Blair, Van Wyck and Chilcott, part of the
Committee on Pensions, will agree on one bill and
withdraw the other before the Senate is allowed to
vote on it. They should stand close to each other
in protecting the soldiers now in time of peace, as
the soldiers did to protect them iu time of war.
Rcsuvt.t.k, Iii. James M. Beewei:.
The March issue of Demorest's Monthly Maga
zine will be found by its readers to be an unu
sually interesting number. The frontispiece
is a steel engraving, prepared expressly for
the magazine from a painting by E. Metz
macher, entitled "Willing," and worthy of
preservation. A spirited etching, "Departure
for the Fantasia," follows it. The number also
coutains an etching representing a Boman Din
ner, and forty-six other illustrations. Tho
opening story is Jeletza, a Servian tale, told in
verso by Joel Benton. Xext comes four chap
ters of Mrs. Alexander's serial, "The Admi
ral's Ward," which, like her other romances, is
of absorbing interest. Numerous papers on
various topics follow, all of which are both in
structive and entertaining. Jennie June dis
courses pleasantly on "How we live in New
York; Co-operative Housewifery by Four
Girls." The editorial departments are up to
their usual high standard the one which treats
of the fashions will be found especially inter
esting to the ladic3.
Peterson's for March opens with a paper enti
tled "A Century of Female Novelists," by Em
ily J. Mackintosh, in which Jane Austen, the
Porter sisters, Mrs. Inchbald, tho Hon. Mrs.
Norton, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and
others are sketched in a bright and readable
way. Following this article comes "A Noctur
nal Messenger," "My Sister's Friend," " For-get-Me-Not,"
"BuleorEuin," "Maud's Tempta
tion," and other short stories by popular wri
ters. Frank Leo Benedict's novel, "The Pro
fessional Beauty," is continued and gains in
interest. The number also contains its com
plement of poetry. As Peterson's is essentially
a ladies' magazine, tho subject of dres3 is fully
treated of and the illustrations in this depart
ment aro very elegant. Altogether the issue
for March leaves nothing to be desired.
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