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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHING, D. 0., THURSDAY, JULY 31, 1884.
Shorruan, who unfortunately rode in a closed
carriage, and so was not recognized, nor indeed
could bo be seen by the many.
TftSft -Willi the -rotenm mounted squad, and sat
the heart of the old Fifteenth Uorps, moumi 01
course no one will iusist that it had anything
to do with tho present attitude of its old com
mander as candidatp for Vice-President. A
comrade carried at the bead of a squad of the
Fifteenth a pointer consisting of a genuine
"forty rounds" nailed to a yellow field.
Kansas was "wide awake mid aflame with
enthusiasm as of old. A delegation of these
ivas conspicuous from the fact that ouch bore a
banner with a corps emblem, 23 in all.
A beautiful sight was the Iowa Drum Corps of
boys in uniform, beaded by a veteran with tho
A little girl in white, with the American flag
around her shoulders, marching in the ranks
with Jier Hither, evoked the wildest cheers.
She marched like a veteran. At several of tbo
State and regimental Eounions she had ap
peared in rac!ttions, and so proved herself
worthy a place in tho veteran ranks.
were a ntoraresgae and hilarious company, well
loadod with hens, turkeys, Summer vegetables
and otJr.T luxuries of the season. Their uni
forms were of a varigated qrder, with one repre
sentative of t&e famous Bucktails mounted on
a fractious horse.
There wore some elegant banners at tho head
of the delegations, notably that borne by the
"Wisconsin boys, whose delegation was very
large. Shu'lds Post banner, red, with gilt
trinimiufffi. wa among the moro elegant. Geo.
S Canfield, Cominandttr Brainerd Post, headed
a Minnesota battalion, the Brainerd Band head
ing it, formed liko a cross and the boys carry
ing a banner proudly, presented the Post by
the ladies. Among tho favorite bands at tho
rrounds wore the McCaslin Post Band, Paola,
Kan., and Wm. H. Lytic, of Port Scott. The
officers of tho National Woman's Belief Corps
were heartily cheered as their carriages closed
up the line.
THE TATTEBED BATTUS FLAGS.
Kert te the old vols themselves were the tat
tered bat tie flags the feature of greatest interest.
little was left of omo of them but the ilag
Btefil with a pitiful handful of shreds. Biddled
and torn in tiiG fierce tdonns of bullet and shell,
Low vividly tlioy brought up the story of tho
siege and the march and the conflict of blood.
Before them passing by many a head uncovered
and many an eye was dim with the tears that
were swift to come and slow to go.
noswTAx.mr or tiie ladies.
All along the route of march the ladies of
MinmxqwjHs had provided stands, marked
' Woloome to our Votorans," from which ice
water, lemonade and sometimes cigars and
other refreshments wero dispensed. The vet
erans, unaccustomed now to the long
inarch, walking with, lagging, reluctant steps
and uarched throats, duly appreciated the
comforts offered at ovcry halt and were loud
In their praises of Minneapolis hospitality.
Near one of those cooling fountains along the
line of march a most beautiful sight was pre
sented, and sweet songs were heard that were
as tho miikic of heaven to the veteran's car.
Oa a circular pyramid, mounted step by step
to tho apex, was a solid bouquet of young
school girls in white, decked with tho .National
colors, singing in porfect time the old songs of
along the line of inarch, many of which were
arranged by tho deft hands of the ladies, were
beautifel beyond description. There was no
coarse display of masses of bunting, but an
artistic mantling of every building and block
with miliums and millions of small and dainty
emblems, strung on cords, extended from street
to street and building to building. Whole
fronts bad their entire surface strong with
decorations or frescoed with streaming banners
and corps emblems. CortaiuJy decorative art
lias found a congenial soil in Minneapolis.
It is estimated that not less than 20,000 wero
in the procession, which was one hour and a
quarter passing the Wost House, with but a
single halt of short duration in tho line, esti
mated at four miles long. This was when the
Minnesota militia and Begular.3 from Fort
fineHing formed an escort to the Commander-in-Chiof
and others opened ranks for the veterans
to pass on.
THE GEAND PABADE.
zumxn&Un "tfdfi'Brtgwrfr and Fourth avenue,
and prooeodiug as follows, and Including the
grand xoview by Commander-in-Chief Beath
and SteS, who formed on Washington avenue,
and reviewed the line as it passed First avenue :
Form oa Tenth street, rigiit on Fourth avenue
south, Col. C. H. Benton commanding.
Platoon Mounted Police.
Two Platoons Foot Police.
J. 2iL OOmorc, GnuZ Marshal, and Aids.
C IL Barton, Mhi.
Tetcra 3onerate mounted and in carriages.
Urfo-Uen A. IL Trry and Staff.
Col. George B Andrew, commanding.
Battery United States Art.
IStti Regiment United Slates Infantry.
1st JRegirnen Baud.
Giweraor Hubbard and Stair.
1st Bcgimaitt Minnesota Xubonol Guard, CoLBcnd
2d Ifcgimoitt Band.
SdBqgiittenl IfktncMda National Guard, CoL Bob
fester wmina i Hiuigr.
Emmeifc ligbt Art.. Capt. SleCarty commanding.
"Wolfe Tone Eifles. Ckf. McArMe commanding.
Qrmad Army of the ilapabtie Veterans.
CouHBMndor-in-Cbicf K. U. Beath and Staff.
Forsa on Park avonue, xijlt on Tenth street,
Capt. A. A. Ames mmmamdhtt;.
Elgin Band. Forty pieces,
let 3IiBOwta regiment, 1G man, as escort to 32
Sons of Veterans, CO me. Cap. Knowlton com
ZBandkig. The folkm log Mlnnatieta and othor Posts made
up the to of the division Mueller Post. No. 1, of
r?li!iwalor. 09 utcn; J. S. Gfidy. Ko. S, Anoka. 130
men; U. C ltocrs. Ko. U, -40 men; Bnrdicfc Post,
Ko. SJ. Sftnttf; Vailry, headed it? Spring Valley Cor
nel Band: t V Morgaa, No 4. Mm itittnjoliB, Drum
vorpe aaa awi men, i j. iiummcr Post, Ko. w),
Ball Post. Ke, . t men : ttcPherwm Post. Ko. 1
tit men; t,:. OoWwwn Post. Ko. 90, Crookatoa, 71
jnon m4 bnd - MeJntyre I'osl, Ko. CO, Austin. 50
men; Jtrwk" post, Ko 32.2 men; Garfipid Post,
Ko. H, ht. l'tiul, 4 uioti and Imxm Corj; J. A.
Goo4wtti I'oa. Ko. to, 71 men; Pap Thomas Pott,
Ko.38. Bnunerd.&Qmen: J. P. McCook PA,Ko.
2! GletHM. TA ratm ; W. R. Uonmn Post, Ko. 13,
DnJuth, 18 men; Hbirt Anderson Pott, Ko. C3, 12
xn&n: Hobeon Po, Ke. IS. Aiixjrt Lea. 40 men;
S'ec-Amttt. P Ko. , lloctor, 83 men; G. IL
Thojtwu. Fa&. Ko , KonUvideo, 31 meii; Witkin
I'ohl.S'o. l.tr,iwe; PontNo.G4.St .Tsunu6.10roen;
Mitobil l'K.t, K. 0. Maddta. 70 ii : Skaro Post,
Ko. S!, 70 itMHt . (X C WabWbum Post, Ko. 72. Mn
jieapoHft, 7 rnvni Aeker Po, Ko. 21, fit. Paul, 110
men sud tlae Uroat Wortcm Band; George MclCjn
ley Po. Ko. 2. Cannon I'klls, 2S men; Canny
Post. K. 42. l'trniMision. 89 men nd Drum Conw
of 12: Hoy wood post. Ko. SS, Korthfleld. 1 meti;
SHigwkk Port. Ke.se, MoutionUu. -SO men; K. B.
Barron Pool, Ko. S8, 40 men ; Post Ko. 27, Wasoea,
DabotA Wiltiam Gorstan PoH, Ko. SC. SO men;
W IL Seward Pott, Ko. fii, JaMtoi, Vt men ; J.
I Wafcwr Pout. K.Cft, JnRJiovn, U mow; Joe
Hookar Post, K. lO.Moax fttlis. S3 men: G.IL
Hovot l'oat. Ko. 2, Howard, 15 mini: Kitpalrick
Post, 3!o. A. Huron. 15 men; C. C. Washburn Post.
Ko. Vk, Rtfan. mom ; Dakar Pst, Ko. 39, Iake
Presloa. 7 man; Cartatoa Post, Ko. 17, Parker, 11
men; Wadtworth Post, Ko.Sa, nandreau, 17 men;
SiUHucr Pat, Ko. 57, Wahpeton. 30 men; J. F.
RqjiicrtdB Post, Ko. 4, Farj?o, CH man ; A. Hum
phrey Po, Ko. At, MjtlhMk, 28 men; Edward
wteh Pct, Ko. 4, Aurora. 1 men; Sloum Pot,
Ko. 7e, WKMr, IB icon ; Phil Kearny Post, Ko. 5.
Olile del:Uon. CoL Hoyd Dapartmcat Com
mandor, G mi.
Colomdo oelrieMMun. 29 men.
Ddawjtrr dsloipitfon 4 wen.
Potmayf vate Msftion, men.
Form on Seveatiife rjpouue souA, right on Tenth
ekofli. Oapt. C A. danvim aeunnautSug.
WiHopjirfti G. A. IL, Pfafl. Clifiok, jr.. Commander.
Qukob G. A, JL. F. L. Baboook, Commander.
OeHGml&G. A. IL. Jb&M. Davis, Commander.
Isow York G.A.JK., IraM. Hedgtat, Commander.
Vermont G. A. IL, C. C Kinsman, Commander.
Kemudfcy G. A. R.. J. C. Mihe, Commander.
J'lorida G, A. E., Lyman Rouboy, Commander.
Infttana G A. B,, Edwin Micar, Commander,
Fou on PorUand avenue, right on Tenth street,
CapL Win Bracket commanding.
- . Band.
Missouri G. A. R., V.'. V. Cham1criin, Commander.
Michigan G. A. IL, R. J. filiank, Commander.
KchrahkaG. A.IL.IL E. Palmer, Commander.
ew llampsliire G. A. R J.C.X4nchan, Com
Xew Jersey G.A.E..A. M.Kclus, Commander.
Virginki G. A- R,, P. T. Woodfln. Comnumdet
TToat Virginia G. A. K.. W. H--H. Flick, Commander.
jujifaasfwnis, wmen. ana natuea oy iJrum Uorps; J 3 - """" i-uioumc, cu.-iirmHii ; u. jj. jliousc,
Le-i3ii5rPot.No.7.Miiini!apolfV70men: Ord Ind.; John Palmer, N.Y.; T. II. Barnes. Ark.: W.
PotJi.K. itH.Wsrzaa.l2iiiii: Skiddnnl Pt. TC IL Holmes. CaL: A. P. Curry. Colo.: J.D.Plunkett.
ZL Vrtbiiin. T man ium! Drum fvr,.- irun i Conn.: W.S. SIcKair. DcL: IL W. McCIaiifrhnv. lit
Maryland O. A. K-, Frank E. Smith, Commandc.
Department ot Potomac G. A. It., D. S. Alexander,
J FIFTH -DIVISION".
Form on Sixth' avenue sotith, right on Tenth
street, II. G. Ilickle comuiandjng.
Ivansas G. A. U., H. V. Pond, Commander.
Iowa G. A. TL, S. 11 Cook, Commander.
Illinois G. A. K., L.T. Dickinson, Commnndcr.
Maasachusett G.'A. TL, John D. Billings, Com
mander. Rhode Island tJ. A. IL, It. A. McMahon, Com
Connecticut G. A. R., James B. Colt, Commander.
Delaware G. A. II., Charles F. Carey, Commander.
New Mexico G. A- K., E. W. Wyuccoop, Com-
Department of Gulf G. A. It., William Roy, Com
mander. scrrn division sons ofteterans.
Form on Fifth avenue south, right resting on
Tenth street, Col. IS. M. Van Cleve, Commauder.
City Police- - 50
United Stales troops 140
Y1 1 J It ill hiU
il 11 Si CliT19. xxx
Commanders, staff, officers, distinguished
guests, etc............ 70
Total - G17
First Minnesota - 200
Colors and Sons of Veterans 100
Department of Minnesota 2,017
Department of Dakota........ - 200
Department of Maine 20
Department of Ohio - 205
Twenty drum corps....... 100
Department of Wisconsin....... !10
Other Departments....... 110
Department of Missouri. - 162
Oilier Departments..................-................. 572
Department of Kansas...... 820
Department of Iowa S59
Department of Illinois... ... 300
Department of Massachusetts 39
Department of Connecticut.. ....... - 15
Department of Delaware - 5
Grand total.. - 7.D16
AT THE COLOSSEUM.
Tho business sessions of tho Grand Army
were held at tho Colosseum, some two miles
out of the city, accessible bystreet cars and
carriages, which were a luxury difficult to
secure at Minneapolis. Tho Colosseum is an
immense structure, with a seating capacity of
6,000, and was built for tho grand Thomas fes
tival, which, extended over a week last winter,
and was a great musical triumph for the Me
tropolis of tho Northwest.
The Colosseum shared in tho general artistic
character of the decorations, which were most
profuse and symbolic of the order of veterans.
Tho stage was covered with evergreens and
decorated with flags, bunting, corps emblems
and m ottos. On the rear of the stage was tho
picture of " Peace and War." Tho Goddess of
Peace is looking down upon tho husband em
bracing his wife on his return from the war,
and a Union and Confederate soldier are grasp
ing each others' hands. Tho front of the bal
cony was staccocd with flags, and below tho
flags, on the balcony, wero the different corps
badges. At the back of the circle were tho coat
of arms of the various States. The delegates
were seated in the parquet, each Department
provided with a table, and its place distinctly
marked by silk banners bearing the names of
the States represented. Tho dress circle and
gallery wero devoted to visiting comrades, of
which 2,500 members of the Order, with tho
badge and the countersign, wero admitted.
GETTING DOWX TO BUSINESS.
Owing to the fact that tho parade was slow
in making its rounds and tho distance of tho
Colosseum from the city, the Grand Army did
not conveno in session until 3 o'clock in the
atternoon, when -the roll was called and the
following officers responded to their names:
Commander-in-Chief, liobert B. Beath, Phila
delphia, Pa.; S. V. Commander-in-Chief, Wm.
Warner, Kansas City, Mo.; J. V. Commander-
ristown, Pa.; Q. M. G., John Taylor, Philadel
phia, Pa.; lns.-tf en., Charles A. Sautmyer, Car
Judge Advocate-General William Yandever,
Dubuque, Iowa, was the only officer absent, but
his report was submitted by mail.
Cbaplain-in-Cbief L iL Foster, of Brooklyn,
N. Y., opened the session with prayer, when
Commander Eobert B. Beath, of Philadelphia,
delivered his annual address, and the business
sessions were duly opened. Adj't-Gen. I. M".
Vanderslice, Ius.-Gen., C. A. Santmyer and Q.
3L G. John Taylor presented their reports in
the order named. These have already appear
ed in The National Teibune. Tho en
trance of Gen. Logan and later of Gen. Sher
man, a new and zealons recruit, after the ses
sion began," elicited great enthusiasm, and they
were conducted to seats on the platform.
APrOINTjrENT OF COJIillTTEES.
The Commander-in-Chief annonnced tho ap
pointment of the following committees:
Address of Commander-in-CliiefB, S. Robinson,
Ind., chahnian; T. E. Barker, Blass.; S. B. Howe,
Conn. ; E. B. Ewing, Ohio; W. W. Berrv, III.
Rules, Regulations and Ritual H. B. Pierce,
Mass.; N. H. Tainter, Conn.; C. V. R. Pond,
Miclu; H. M. Kevins, K. J.; A. A. Valentine, Vt.
Report of Adjutant-General A. P. Pease, Mo.:
C. C. Royce. Potomac; D. H. Holman, Me.; W. B.
Shocklcy, Kan.; G. B.Squercs, K. Y.
Report of Quartennafctcr-Geucral Samuel nar
per. 111.; W. XV. Walker, Md.; B. S. Carr, Colo.; F.
E. Brown, Kcb.; L. Travcr, R. I.
Report of Insj)ector-Gcnerol C. T. Clarke, Ohio ;
A.E. Emory, K. IL; Phil Clark, jr.. Wis.; W. S.
Culbcrtton, Iowa; IL G. llccks, Minn.
THE COMMITTEE ON EESOLUTIONS,
one from each Department, was as follows:
lx)t Abraham. Iowa: J. W. Peimnan. lZnn.. XV. II.
Horton. Ky.; Benj. Williams. Me. ; Pitt Henning
lmuen.Md.; J. F. Meech, Mass.; Rush J. Shank,
Mich.; C. G. Edwards, Minn. ; IL C. McDougall,
Mo.; J. C. Linelum. K. H.: J. R. Van Srckle. K. .1
-. rl.i a n ti i.t Tfc . - '
S. J, Alexander, Kcb.: J. E. West. Dak.
Numerous resolutions, covering a variety of
subjects, wore introduced and referred to the
committee. Tnanks were profl'ered to Com
rade Fry, of Iowa, for a gavel mado of wood
taken from Southern prisons. Assignments
were made for the newly-appointed commit
tees, and the Encampment adjourned until 9
o'clock to-morrow morning.
EVENING AT CAMP BEATH.
A literary program, upon which Sirs. Xato B.
Sherwood's poem on the Grand Army, recited
by Elizabeth Mansfield Irving, was the chief
feature, and closing with a magnificent display
of fireworks, prolonged for nearly an hour, by
by tho far-famed Flambeau Club, of Topeka,
Kan., closed the day at Camp Beath. Tho at
tendance was enormous, every estimate placing
the number of tho crowd at from 50,000 to
75,000. In expectation oftsomclhing superior
hundreds secured seats in the grand stand and
held thorn until tho affair took place. Tho
voiced the disappointment
of the assembled multitudes when, in its come
meats, it said tbo arrangements wero poor all
through, and whatever satisfaction might hav
come from the show was overshadowed by the
disappointment felt on every sido. No pro
vision was mado for tho Flambeau Club to
work, and when it was at last announced that
they wonld go through their exercises on tho
track in front of the stands, it became a matter
of great difficulty to clear sufficient space to
carry on the operations. The assembled peoplo
were shoved back: like cattle, many beinz
roughly handled, whilo tho escitement, press
ure, and heat caused a number of ladies to
faint. For half an hour tho noiso and proceed
ingsworo suggestive of pandemonium. When
the club finally began, tho beauty that might
have been brought out had they proceeded in
tho outer field was lost in tho smoko and fear
of" accident. A panic did almost occur at ono
time by the blazing up of a flag on tho big
stand. Men and women jumped over the rail
ing, and for a few moments it looked as though
a frightful stampedo was about to ensue. For
tunately, tho lire was immediately extinguish
ed and quiet restored before tho alarm had
spread beyond tho near proximity. Itistaid
tho exhibition cost $2,000 and over, but its
merits were but little seen. Tho club numbers
1 about 70 man, aud their entertainment consists
in-Chief, W. H. Holmes, SajtFTaciscoCal.;
Y.; Adj VGen., J.3L-Vanaers!ice, 'Philadelphia,
Pa.; Ats't Adj't-Gen., Thomas J. Stewart. 2ibr-
I O 45 T J-.4. T.4 -,.,. -v
a. ii- jj urai, uuiu , A. V. iiClUVCUl, i'a.; A. JLt. .ICJIO-
hon, IL L; K. P. Bowman, Vt.; B. C. Cook. Va.; E.
JL Bartlett. Wis.; B. B. Tultle, Ores:.; D. Ashforth,
Ky B. F. Shaw. W. Va.: W. L. Man-hall. Tenn
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in marching and countermarching, at the same
time each man engaging himself in Gring
Eoman caudles and rockofs. Tho air is filled
with fire, and at a distance presents a gorgeous
with tho arrangements was that tho Flambeau
Club, instead of being assigned to a space in
tho open field between tho grand stand and tho
camp, wero placed on thorace-courso, right un
der tho noses of the thousands of peoplo in tho
seats under roof. The consequence was that
only tho stragglers in Camp Beath and tho
visitors in tho carriago blockado outside had
tho full effects of tho sploudid pyrotechnic dis
play, which certainly must have been seen at
St. Paul, 10 miles away. Brilliant fiery ser
pents, burning balls shot from a cannon, which
burst in tho upper air, scattering millions of
stars and comets, and trailing showers of splen
dor filled tho air until peoplo wore blind with
looking at tho brilliant spectacle.
Mrs. Irving could not be heard by any except
those immediately in front, and packed in a
solid mass before tho stand from which tho
poem was delivered. But there wero at least
5,000 auditors of these and her reception was
most enthusiastic, as in a clear, ringing,
magnificent voice sho recited "Tho Grand
Army " in noble and majestic style. She was
interrupted at the close of sevoral stanzas, and
at the close of tho recitation was recalled and
and gave an equally acceptable rendition of
"Sheridan's Ride." Gen. Warner and Gen.
Gibson wero among tho speakers of the even
ing. QEN. SHERMAN'S COMRADESHIP.
" General, we wero all very glad when you
joined tho Grand Army," was tho remark of
The National Tribune to the old hero, after
a fraternal shako of tho hand and a few words
" Yes, as soon as I got out of tho real army I
joined tho Army of Retrospection. I think wo
ought all to keep together while any are loft of
"And thero is no commander whom tho boys
would rather see in the ranks, or to whom they
look with greater confidence for sympathy and.
support' was the reply.
Gen. Sherman thereupon paid a fine compli
ment to the Union soldier, and expressed tho
pleasure ho had in meeting them in their Re
unions and Camp-fires, and now in tho secret
sessions of tho Order.
An Entertaining Business Session Report of the
Committee on Pensions Dlscnssion Nominations
for Commander-in-Chief Balloting-.
Tho National Encampment resumed Its ses
sion at the Colosseum at 10:30 o'clock Thursday
morning, and was called to order by Commander-in-Chief
Beath. Tho reading of tho
minutes of the opening" session was dispensed
with, and the first order of business for tho
morning was the reading of reports from com
mittees. William Warner, of St. Joseph, Mo.,
from the Committee on tho Establishment of a
Soldiers' Homo West of tho Mississippi, gave a
history of tho various meetings held by tho
Three hundred and fifty thousand of the old sol
diers and sailors were found to reside west of the
Mississippi Rier. many of whom had been reduced
to want by repeated adversities. In the Homes
thus far established only 8G5 Western boldicrs had
been found, and the law refusin s admission to such
Homes unless the soldier liad been dtSnbled while
nctivelyin service was declared a proper subject
for amendment. The committee met in Washing
ton on the 2d of February last and discovered that
bills had been introduced in both Houses providing
for the establishment of a branch Home at some
suitable point in the States of Kansas, Jlissouri,
Iowa, Minnesota, or other State located west of the
Jlississippi, and appropriating SS0.O0O for its con
struction, to which honorably-discharged soldiers
may be admitted upon proper certificates of disa
bility. The introduction oi the bills was followed
by the presentation of memorials urging the imme
diate pa&sage of the bills referred to, because the
Homes now established are wholly inadequate to
meet the demand. The deaired bill was passed by
Congress on the 5th day of Jtily, and has received
the tignature of the President.
The report was received and tho thanks of
the Encampment wero returned to the com
mittee for their successful effort..
ULTORT ON PENSIONS.
Corporal James Tanner, of Brooklyn, N. T.,
Chairman of tho Committee on Pensions, and
representing a majority, submitted a report
showing tho proposed legislation affecting the
pensions to soldiers and sailors, and tho efforts
introduced were pronounced unreasonable, im
politic and unwarranted, especially those en
titling soldiers to warrants to the public lands
without settlement, or granting high pensions
to those who had not been injured in the serv
ice. It favored liberal pensions to widows and
minor children still depeudent, and to honorably-discharged
soldiers injured or incapaci
tated by disease since tho expiration of their
term of service.
Gen. Paul Van Dervoort, of Nebraska, pre
sented a minority report recommending tho
issuance of warrants to all discharged soldiers,
claiming that such a course would not only im
prove all Northern lands, but increase the
value of these in the South 50 times. Ho fur
ther believed that tho discharged soldier was
as fairly entitled to the public lands as the
screeching Indian or grasping corporations.
discussing the reports.
On motion of Gen. Grosvenor, of Ohio, tho
majority report was taken up for discussion,
and Mr. Tanner supported the majority report
with an argument of marked ability, at tho
conclusion of which an Iowa Delegate submit
ted an amendment to the report providing that
a patent for 160 acres ho issued to all honorably-discharged
Union soldiers and sailors,
which shall be exempt from taxation and exe
cution for tho period of 10 years. A Dakota
Delegate stated that under tho present laws a
discharged soldier was put to more troublo in
securing land in his Territory than a native of
Eassia, as the latter can obtain laud in ono
year and is not compelled to file his declaration
of intention to become an American citizen
until he files his final proof, but it takes a sol
dier four years to secure a title to his home
stead. Another Dakota Delegate claimed that
the land laws of the United States actually dis
criminate against the soldier, except that ho is
allowed his term of service in tho pro
vision for occupancy, aud the wasto and ab
sorption of tho public domain Iiave been for
the benefit of corporations and not of tho sol
diers. Give to tho soldiers serving between
1861 and 1SG5 a tract of land which shall bo
held as their own forever.
A member from Ohio considered the with
holding of patents from tho soldier on tho
cround stated in tho maiorifcv ronnrfc n' -.
flection upon his intelligence. A Pennsylvania
Delegate stated that the reported advantages
of tho Northwest and tho alleged difficulties
experienced by ex-soldiers who try to secure
lands wero decidedly conflicting, and the fact
that tho first statement was issued by a rail
road company did not harmonize tho two. Tho
clause in me minority report demanding tho
laud, or its equivalent in money, explained tho
milk in the cocoanut, he believed, and the
groundwork is being laid for the most merci
less monopoly ever known. Another Ohio
Delegato thought tho Encampment was losing
sight of the main question, aud if the soldiers
met obstructions in obtaining lands as long as
had been claimed, all ho has to do to place
himself on a footing with tho foreigner or
civilian was to waive his right as a soldier
depending the majority report.
Comrade S. S. Burdett, of Washington, re
sponded to loud calls, and said :
Nothing can add to the glories surrounding the
deeds of the soldier, but there are things wlueh can
tarnish it. We have too many eninecra at present
aud too few brakemen. The effect of such a pro
fubC Issuance of warrants will he the inevitable re
duction of their value.
Comrade Burdetfc embodied tho substance of
a former report made by him as tho basis of hi3
opposition to extravagant or injudicious pen
sions, which was as follows:
It was once estimated by competent authority
that there would be at least 2,000,UOO persons enti
tled to claims under such a bill. If ench should
receive ICO acres, 320,000,000 acres would be ab
sorbed by thesa claims, or an area equal to that of
the Slates of Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minne
sota, Iowa, Jlissouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. I
cm not in possession of statistics enabling mc to
state what the quantity would bo under the pend
ing bill. Tho number of persons who ecrved
more than one and less than two years, I have not
yet been ablo to ascertain, but it is safe to say that
220,000,000 acres of claims could be ready for tho
market within n brief period from the passage of
the act. The whole of thp icmaining unsnrvcyed
lands of the United States, excepting Alaska", is
about 518,410,307 acres. Out of this deduct the vast
mountain chains, the bodies of water, the desert
lands ; lands nlrcady granted fo- railroads, schools,
and the like, mineral lands, Indian Territory, and
private land claims, and how much will there bo
left of any real value? As much as will satisfy
these soldier claims? I doubt it. But suppose
thero was or is. It will take years to survey it.
Hight hundred thousand acres a year la about tho
1 average speed of the public surveys. At this rate
27 years would be required for furnishing the neces
sary tracts, and an indefinite number of years would
be required to do tho Land Ofllee work preliminary
to tho final patenting of the whole. Under such
circumstances what would your claims bo worth,
or rather what would-theybring? I venture tho
assertion thatSlO would be tho maximum price of
of an 80-acre claim, o?I Sof a claim for 100 acres.
It is my deliberate jriHgniem. that half these sums
would within two years bo tho extreme of tho sell
ing price. It is plairHrlvatiibis would mean that a
few men would sooriTie theVowncrs of all desirable
lands yet remainirik to tho United States, and that
our own and the ncict geiicration must purchase
its lands of these speculators, and pay their prices.
.After further discussion tho question recur
red on tho adoption,, of too Iowa amendment,
and it was lost by au overwhelming vote. Gen.
Van Dervoort's niolfon tb substitute was also
lost, and tho majority import was adopted iu
tho midst of loud applause. The Encampment
then decided to elect officers at 3 o'clock p. m.,
and adjourned until 2:30 o'clock.
Tho Encampment was again called to order
promptly at 2 o'clock by Commaudor Beath,
and tho reports of sub-committees called for.
A. P. Pease, of Missouri, Chairman of tho Com
mittee on the Report of tho Adjutant-General,
presented his report, recommending greater
promptness on tho part of Posts in forwarding
their returns, and certain changes in the duties
of the office, paying a high compliment to tho
officient services rendered by Adjutant-General
Vanderslice, of Philadelphia. The Coun
cil of Administration presented a report in
regard to tho manufacture of badges. Gen.
Louis Wagner, of Pennsylvania, from the Com
mittee on Resolutions, submitted his report,
recommending that the whole subject of tho
Sons of Veterans bo referred to a special com
mittee of 13, to oxamino into the matter and
report at tho next meeting of the Encampment.
Tho Chair requested each Assistant Adjutant
General of tho several Departments to report
to tho Headquarters of tho Dopartment of Min
nesota the number of each delegation and la
dies, in order that invitatfons may be extended
to them to attend a banquet.
At this point Gens, Eogan, Sherman, Fair
child, and Jardine, past officers and comrades,
wero invited to tho platform in tho midst of
A motion to amend tho Report of the Coun
cil of Administration on the Sons of Veterans
elicited considerable discussion and was lost.
A resolution authorizing tho council to provide
a new design of button or badge was adopted,
as wero various other resolutions of interest to
tho Encampment, including one discounte
nancing dancing on Memorial Day, and an
other recommending preference for discharged
soldiers in the distribution of offices, when tho
necessary qualification is present. A proposi
tion to elect Gen. W. T. Sherman a member of
tho Encampment was declared out of order un
der the rules. Tho unauthorized use of En
campment badges was condemned. Suitable
expression was also made in regard to the death
of Past Commander Georgo Bowers, of New
Hampshire. A man calling himself AlmonD.
Tuttle, an Arctic explorer, was declared a fraud
and unworthy of confidence.
THE ELECTION OP OI"FICEES.
For Commander-in-Chief, John C. Burst, of
Hlinois, was nominated. Gen. Robinson, of
Indiana, after a warm tribute to the services
rendered by him, nominated Gen. J. R. Carna
han, of Indiaua. Kansas presented the name
of Thomas J. Anderson.
GEN. SHEBMAN NOMINATES GEN. WAENEE.
On tho call of the State of Missouri Gen.
Sherman stopped to the front of the platform
and was received with wild applause. Tbo
Commander-in-Chief introduced him as Com
rade Sherman. Hepokoas follows:
Commander-in-Chief and Comrades: Though
n veteran in war.l am a recruit among you and a
novice in all conventions of whatever kind. I wish
to occupy just as little time as possible. The five
minute rule suits me, aud I hope it will be adhered
to. I merely arise to, speak in behalf of a man, a
fellow-statesman, now a gentleman well known to
you, whom I desire in a few words to place in
nomination before ydu to succeed your present
worthy Commander-Jn-Chief. You know your
organization derives its existence from war. All
your memories are of -war. One of your first arti
cles is to impart the lessons of that war to those
who are to follow behind you your children and
your children's children. You have adopted a
military organization with a Commander-in-Chief,
with an Adjutant-General, an Inspector-General,
and all the paraphernalia of .war. And I look upon
the roster which was handed to me yesterday, and
which I have in my pocket, and the first name after
your Commander-in-Chief is ono which by all the
rules of military law should be your next Commander-in-Chief.
You know his name, and I will
pass on to the reason why I have placed him in
and uotas your old commander in war or tho lato
Gen. Sherman, of Wnshinj.'ton. Laughter and
applause. I now simply fulfill my duties as an
humble member of your Order. I ask you to give
no wclghtor influence to my words other than what
I now am, aud I speak the honest convictions of a
gentleman and a soldier. I have seen him many a
time since I moved to Missouri, which was only
eight or nine or 10 months ago. I have watched
his career. I have Inquired of his comrades and I
find that he occupies in every relation of life as
husband, as the head of a family, as a fellow-citizen,
as a scholar, as a lawyer and a gentleman, the
highest place. Ho is known to you better tlian he
is to me, as a member of the Grand Aruiv. I have
heard him recite your rituals word by word with
out tho assistance of tho pamphlet, which to me is a
Laughter. Gentlemen, you have three parts to
your grand and high Order. The first is one of his
tory. That you have well done. Another is of
charity. You arc dispersed over this broad land
and haye done mighty charities. Individually, by
Posts, by divisions, and by the National Organiza
tion, you have done noble acts of charitv, which
will give you a place high above this earth after
we have passed away. I saw in the pamphlets
which were jjiven to me last evening, and which I
heard read with infinite pleasure, thatyou now have
86 distinct Departments, and in these there are -1,325
military Posts, each having an organization mili
tary. I want yon to understand and 253,895 men.
I know by my own experience in a Post in St. Louis
thnt each and every one must have passed tho
ordeal which requires that he shall have an honor
able discharge from the service of the United States,
with an honorable record and indorsed by his fellow-soldiers.
Therefore, you have an armv behind
your back of 253,000 men a very respectable army,
1 can tell you, anywhere. La"Khteraiid applause.
Now, what is your office? First of history, next of
cliarily; but there rests behind still more. It is
your duty, gentlemen, individually, in your Posts
and in your Department?, and in your Grand Or
ganization, to impress upon the rising men of the
world wlmt loyalty means, what obedience to law
means, and the motives from which it is to be
drawn, and that must be carried not only to the
Ohio Bivcr. but it must go to tho Gulf and to Texas
and to Arizona, to wherever the flag flics. Ajj
plausc You do not want any old man to lead
you there; you want a young man with brawny
arms ami strong muscles; you want a clear brain;
you want a man versed in the law ; you want a
man who is in every sense a scholar, a gentleman
andasoldier. Tho man whose name 1 will soon
mention fulfills all thcae requirements. lie was
born in the neighboring State of Wisconsin, than
which none was more loyal from the very begin
ning until now. JIo was a boy almost, teaching
school, aud enlisted as a soldier, just as you others
did. Ho became a Lieutenant and Aid-de-Camp;
then he became a Mnjor, and served as Major of
the 44th Wis. until the end of tho war, when he
went back like a gentleman to his former vocation
and struck forth to the Southwest to assist in build
in up that country. I tell you that tho war which
is now before you is one of principle, not one of
arm-j. You do not want pistols and swords, or
muskets or cannon, but you want the clear brain
and the conscience and strength and courage of
me vanguaru oi iHol. JNow, in 1861, you remember,
wo had an 'enemy before us from the Potomac
across the continent nlruost, and the first successful
movement was made from Cairo by Grant. Ap
plause. He broke theirlines, and it fell back and
back until Vieksburg fell, and from this followed
an unobstructed passage to the Gulf of Mexico, and
every man was free tofeo and come, and it became
at once a part and parcel of this great, glorious and
magnificent free Iando I tell you that when Unit
Mississippi River became free from Cairo to the
Gulf the war was substantially over. The rest was
simply to follow, as rcvcry result must follow a
cause. So now the South is till in opinion against
us. In Missouri wo have two Senators who wero
Confederate GcncralSiand within a few days will
have elected Gov. Mannaduke, who was fighting
against us when the surrender took place. Thero
is where your Couimandcr-in.Chief should be at
the front line on the picket-lines. Applause.
I tell you, gentlemen,no man can govern an army
sitting behind, f Applause. )2vcry one of you re
members when they tried to run the machine from
Washington. Laughter. When they selected a
man who went to lhelfront,'nnd who pointed the
way aud who did it with intelligence and brains
and took tho rislts of war. success perched on our
banners anil the rebellion brpkp down forever. Ap
plause Now, I say the war'to-day is the war of
opinion, and you gentfipneif nj-e still in tho service.
All you have to do is to-workout your destinies to
tho end of your time mid Godwill take care of the
rest. Let us pick outi leader who is now on the
picket-line, ready and willing, with a bur heart and
a big soul, and with brains and intelligence enough
to guide them, and that man I feci to be William
Warner, now your Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief.
Applause,! Look at tho State of Missouri ;
it is a big State aud a mighty State, and the. center
of tho Union, and there is the point whence should
emanate the influences you possess. It should go
to tho Southeast, tho South, and the Southwest. I
see Texas Is not here. Arkansas, I am told has
one representative. There is Mississippi, she has
none. Tho whole country as we look down the
river is a blank. We must fill those up with names
on your roll. You must have Tojas as full as In
diana Is now. I look for tho Gulf Stales and they
are vacant. Indiana is full null Ohio at my feet
here Is full. You do not have to fight hero, but in
Missouri we have to fight. Applause. T have to
fight with the rebel women. Laughter. But I
will tell you they respect u now. They will love
us In time, and I hope beforo I die and I am a
veteran now, as you all know, by lawLaughter
I hopo to see those vacant .seals all filled. I
havo no objection to you gentlemen from Ohio
and Indiana, and from Illinois, where you are in
pei feet safety; but 1 want to see them filled with
men who fought; and I want to see tho men
who fought against us once, and are against us
now, come to mo before I die. and como to you
and say, " Boys, wo thank you from our souls that
you prevented us from committing suicide." Ap
plause. Now, gentlemen, I know the office to
which the aspirant aims is n high office. It is an
honorable office, ono to which any gentleman
might aspire. Ho should be a young man, because
he must work. Old men aro for counsel, not for
war. William Warner is the man I submit to you;
not because he Is from Missouri but becauso he is
of Kansas City, and because he is in the line of op
erations which in tho futuro will bo on tho road
between Kansas City and Texas ; anil when that Is
conquered we will never hear anybody dare to
speak against the cause for which we fought, and
for which we left so many of our dead comrades
Corporal Tanner, of New York, on behalf of
a State which had sent forward nearly a quar
ter of a million of men, said tho time has come
when her voice must bo heard.
She stands to-day as a man for one who enlisted
as a private and came out a general; who was re
ported dead and knew the inside of rebel prisons ; ho
was at Gettysburg and Malvern Hill, when he re
ceived his awful wound; stood with others on
Lookout Mountain and Ringgold. Ho was selected
by that grand old brother, George II. Thomas, to
bear tho record of victories to the Department at
Washington, and is not unknown to the one upon
whom so much depended Gen. Sherman. I nomi
nate Gen Henry A. Barnum, of New York. Wild
Ohio boingcalled, John S. Kountzof Toledo,
the Drummer Boy of Mission Kidge, was nomi
ated in handsome stylo. The Department of
tho Potomac, represented by D. S. Alexander,
of Washington, presented tho namo of Samuel
S, Burdett, of tho same ci'ty? as ono who can
accomplish much and achieve victories in tho
future. Mr. Alexander said that a man of ac
tion ia required at present one full of .expe
rience and marked by ability and thorough
knowledge of public affairs. After tho war, in
which ho bad rendered heroic service, ho had
served Missouri in Congress in such a manner
as to win the good opinion of tho most eminent
mon of that body. This closed tho nominations
for Commander-in-Chief, and tho Encampment
A rntST BALLOT
with the following result: Total number of
votes cast, 374; necessary to a choice, 188.
John C. Burst .... 6
J. 12. Carnahan 40
Thomas J. Anderson 23
William Warner 43
Henry A. Burnum - 54
John S. Kountz 105
S. S. Burdett 43
There being no choice, tho second ballot was
taken, and resulted:
John O. Burst - 82
j lit viiiim titii """5
Thomas J. Anderson- 2
William Warner 31
Henry iv jl it TiliiLUa A
jonxi o ivountz it
J XUruClVlll(iMl(tttll(MltllIIMItflMH 4
Total number of votes, 369 ; necessary to a
choice, 18G. No choice, and Comrade Carna
han withdrew his name, wishing God-speed
and good will to the successful candidate, who
ever he may be. Tho Encampment proceeded
with the third ballot in the midst of confusion,
the result being as follows :
Thomas J. Anderson
William Warner. 16
Henry A. Barnum 27
John S. Kountz - 115
S. S. Burdett S3
Total number of votes 357 and no election.
Tho Chair announced that many ladies de
sired to attend tho Encampment during one of
its sessions, and suggested that they bo per
mitted to witness tho installation at 4 o'clock
this afternoon. The suggestion was approved,
and the Encampment then adjourned until 9
o'clock Priday morning.
Continuation of tho Balloting John S. Konntz
Elected on the Sixth Ballot Other Ofileers Chosen
Portland 3Ie., the Next Place of Meeting Ban
quet in the Ercnlng.
The election contest was resumed as soon as
tho session opened Priday morning, with all
the interest and animation of tho previous
days. Tho following was the result of the
Henry A. Barnum ......... ..... ..... .....- ci.
-J l . .. lOTTCyumto... ............. ........ .................... JLjj
vUXIll Sik. XUiSd...... ...... ..................... ...... .......... ill,
oca i.vrjnj.. ............... ............ ............. .....,..,...., &
Henry A. Barnum
John S. Kountz
John A. Burst
tjonn Zj. i.wUiiiz.ittiMM(i.ttttttM.ffifMifit...fM 1&
Henry A. Barnum...... . 58
John A. Burst... 107
Comrade Kountz was declared elected, amid
Comrade Burst arose and, paying a deserved
compliment to tho majority's choice, moved to
make it unanimous.
.Gen. H. A. Barnum seconded the motion,
promising that tho 30,000 comrades in New
York would sustain the now Commander gen
erously aud freely.
Tho election was mado unanimous by accla
mation, and Gen. Beath, resuming the chair,
appointed Comrades Barnum and Burst a com
mittee to escort the new Commander-in-Chief
to the chair.
Commander-elect Kountz, "Tho Drummer
Boy of Mission Uidge," modestly declared tho
honor as a recognition to those who had served
in the ranks, and made a strong appeal for tho
preservation of the triple bond binding mem
bers of tho Grand Army together. Cheers.
Capt. John P. Eea, of Minnesota, Walter H.
Holmes, of San Francisco, and E. K. Stimson,
of Colorado, were nominated for Senior Vice
Commander. Bca received 251 votes to 64 for
Stimson, and 41 for Holmes, and was declared
Maj. A. M. Way, of New Jersey, Capt. J. C.
Michie, of Kentucky, and Ira E. Hicks, of Con
necticut, were nominated for Junior Vice Com
mander. After several ballots Hicks was elected
J. M. Poster, of New York, and J.M. Shauna
felt, of Michigan, were nominated for Chaplain-in-Chiefr
and Shaunafelt elected.
Dr.Wm. B. Hall, of Pennsylvania, was unani
mously elected as Surgeon-General of tho En
On motion of Gen. Warner the thanks of tho
Encampment wero extended to tho people of
iumncapoiis lor meir nospitaiicy.
NEXT PLACE OP MEETING.
In regard to tho nest place of meeting, the
City of Nashvillo tendered its civic and sol
dierly hospitalities. Corporal Tanner wanted
a cool place and suggested Portland, Me., and
Comrade Hazzard, of Pennsylvania, favored
Alaska. Kansas favored Nashville. Com
mander Beath wanted tho Western boys to
come East at least once in three years. Balti
more forwarded a second invitation to tho
Grand Army ; New Hampshire presented Con
cord as herattraction,buton a vote being taken
Portland won the prize by a fair majority. Gen.
Barnum explained that the Baltimore invita
tion was to individual members of the G. A. E.
and not to tho Encampment as a body, to at
tend tho Annual Beunion of tho Army of the
Potomac, aud he hoped that all would find it
convenient to accept tho hospitable tender.
A resolution was offered by Wm. Warner, of
Missouri, and adopted, authorizing tho Council
of Administration to changesuch place of meet
ing as may bo designated by the Encampment
within three months of tho time of holding tho
same, provided reasonable rates canuot bo ob
tained for the comrades from the railroads and
COUNCIL OP ADMINISTRATION.
" Tho following wero elected as the now Coun
cil of Administration :
ArkansasThomas H, Barnes, Fort Scott,
California W. II. Holmes.
Colorado C. D. Hasklns.
Connecticut Fred A. Spencer.
Delaware W. II. PurnelL
Illinois W. W. Berry.
Indiana P. P. Hammond.
Iowa John K. Peal.
Kansas H. S. Millard.
Kentucky Samuel T. Jcnk.
Maine F. W. Ha3kell
Maryland W. O. Laville.
Massachusetts H. B. Pierce.
Michigan Samuel Wells.
Minnesota W. P. Kobcrts,
Missouri J. S. Sterritt.
Nebraska J. O. West.
New Hampshire D. B. Newhall,
New Jersey J. Ii. Vansyckle.
Now Mexico J. J. Fitzgerrell,
New York Herman K. Fox.
Ohio J, J, Sullivan.
Pennsylvania Samuel Harper,
Potomac John Cameron.
Rhode Island W. J. Bradford; "
Vermont L. F. Tcrrill.
Virginia IL.Dc B. Clay.
Wisconsin Phil Check, jr.
Washington Territory IL V. Daniels.
Oregon B. B. Tuttle.
Dakota John B. Denlns.
Tennessee E. S. Jones.
Department Commander Babb, of Minnesota,
presouted tho delegation banners in tho Colos
seum to the several Departments as mementoes
of the 18th meeting of tho Encampment, and a
resolution was adopted discouraging balld, ex
cursions, and picnics on Memorial Day.
THE OFFICERS OP THE G. A. E. AND THE W. E. C.
INDUCTED INTO OFFICE TOGETHER.
It is certainly noteworthy that tho Woman's
Relief Corps, but ono year old, should receive
official invitation from that long-established
and noble organization, tho Grand Army of
the Republic, to bo present at tho installation
of its National officers, and to install their own
officers in tho presence of that body. The
Grand Army of tho Republic is not an organi
zation which would stoop to offer empty and
uudeserved honors even to a body of well
meaning women. There was gallantry in tho
act, but not mcro gallantry. The distinguished
aud unsolicited honors conferred upon tho Wo
man's Relief Corps could only bavoresohed
itself out of a profound feeling of respect und
admiration for what this organization has al
ready accomplished, as well as for tho great
earnest of tho futuro which all mustseo in tjus
auxiliary to their organization.
About 4 o'clock Friday afternoon tho doors
of tho beautiful Collosseum, in which tho G. A.
R. had conducted its business meetings, wero
thrown open to tho ladies of tho Relief Corps.
The Dopartment officers were.conrteously con
ducted to tho stage, whero seats had been pro
vided for them. Socio further, routine busi
ness was disposed of, and during the interim
tho ladies were engaged in an adiniring scru
tiny of tho noble amphitheater withats profuse
DECORATIONS OF THE HALL.
The immenso sounding board back of tho
stage wes banked high in evergreen branches
and pots of blooming fuchsias
Tho entire balcony and dres3-circlo railings
were hidden by tho national colors, and from
pillars and brackets and ceil-lights, flags and
evergreens mingled in cheerful profusion.
Presently attention wa3 drawn to the south
entrance by the arrival of
THE NATIONAL OFFICERS,
present and elect, who were greeted with, great
enthusiasm and overy demonstration of pro
found respect. Commander-in-Chief Kountz,
after formally introducing them to the conven
tion, conducted the ladies to scats in the center
of the stage.
PRESENTATION TO GEN. VAN DERVOORT.
Before proceeding with tho installation of
officers, S.-V.-C. W. H. Holmes, of California,
presented to Pa3t Commander Yandervoort,
in behalf of the G. A. B., an olegant gold watch
and chain, in pursuance of the resolution
adopted at tho Denver Encampment, that Gen
Van Dervoort be presented with some token
of their appreciation of his fidelity and tho
valuable character of his services to the organ
ization. On one side of the case were the ini
tials of the Order, and on the reverse sido the
initials of his name, both in monograms; while
upon tho inside of tho case were engraved the
resolutions by virtue of which ho became its
Gen. Van Dervoort responded most feelingly
to tho great compliment, and took occasion,
also, to speak his thanks to the ladies of the
W. R. C. for the unprecedented honor they had
bestowed npon him in electing him to honor
ary membership in their society.
His speech was applauded to the echo, after
which Adj.-Gen. Vanderslice called the roll of
tho nowly-elected officers of the Encampment,
the Commander-elect announcing W. W. Alcom,
of Toledo, as his Adjutant-General, and
THE OBLIGATION OF OFFICE
was duly administered by the retiring Commander-in-Chief.
The Commander-elect, who
took the oath, after its administration to the
subordinate officers, expressed in a few words
his overwhelming appreciation of tho honor
implied in his election to tho highest office in
the Encampment. Tho badge of office was
then placed upon Comrade Kountz, and he wa3
presented a3 Commander-in-Chief of tho G A.
R. for the ensuing year.
Mrs. E. Florence Barker, the retiring Prest-
t-n4ent nf tbo. National -Woman's Relief Corps,
-was then lntroducetLto the Encampment, and
made a brief, graceful address, preliminary to
the installation of officers, which wa3 warmly
applauded. Tho lady then requested Mrs.
Elizabeth Mansfield Irving, of Toledo, to serve
as Chaplain, and Mrs. Goodale, of Boston, a3
Conductor. Mrs. Irving read the ritual prayer
in a clear, concentrated voice, easily heard
throughout tho vast amphitheater, the com
rades and the ladies of tho Relief Corps stand
ing meanwhile. The reverent, intelligent
reading of Mrs. Irving, her womanly demeanor
and the unusual spectacle of
A WOMAN IADIXG THE G. A. E.
in divine worship, made an impression not soon
to ho forgotten.
Tho Condnctor escorted the Senior and
Junior Vice Presidents, tho Secretary, and
Treasurer to their positions hefore the Presi
dent, and they wero duly installed.,
APPLAUDIXG A UTJESE.
As Mrs. Annio Wittcameyer, tho Chaplain
elect, was led forward for installation, an inci
dent occurred which will be remembered a
life-time by all who witnessed it. Gen. Van
Dervoort commenced an applause, which, was
feebly taken up and was about to die out, when
Past Commander Beath sprang to his feet and
shouted : "Annie Wittenmeyer, ono of the best
army nurses the Union ever had ! " Instantly
every comrade was upon his feet. Hats and
handkerchiefs were wildly waved, and again
and again the "three cheers" shook tho build
ing. In giving Mrs. Wittenmeyer her charge
the President said: "Ifeel liko achUd charging
its mother. How can I instruct yon, to whom
we both of the Grand Army and the Woman's
Belief Corps, owe so much? "
After thoremaining subordinate officers were
duly installed, tho Conductor escorted forward
tho President-elect, to whom the retiring
President's charge was full of affection, yet
tempered with a dignity befitting the place
and tho occasion. Placing in her hands the
emblems of leadership, tho retiring President
said : "May .you, when your term of office ex
pires, be able to confide the gavel and. tho
ritual into the hands of a successor in whoso
fidelity and ability yon havo the same full
confidence that I have in you." After a fow
eloquent words to the comrades and the ladies
of tho Belief Corps, in which sho paid most
generous tribute to tho faithful support of her
subordinate officers, Mrs. Barker took her seat
amid the heartfelt applause which her long
aud unswerving devotion to tho cause Las well
A request was hero mado by a Pennsylvania
Delegate that Mrs. Elizabeth Mansfield Irving
should recite Mrs. Sherwood's poem, "The
Drummer Boy of Mission Ridge," which, com
memorates tho heroic act which crippled Com
mander Kountz. Mrs. Irviug complied, and
by her realistic rendition of tho poem held the
closest attention of the Encampment, and win
ning for herself and Commander Kounts en
thusiastic applause. As sho was again seated,
Comrade Fitzgerrell, of New Mexico, sprang
npon his chair and started "Marching Thro'
Georgia," everybody joining in.
TTNE SIEXU AND EXCEU.ENT SPEECHES.
Tho Banquet on Friday night in the City
Armory closed tho proceedings. Capt E. C.
Babb, Commander of the Department of Min
nesota, presided, and after tho meetiug had
beon called to order introduced Comrade S. S.
Burdett, of Washington, who made a short but
The toast "The Grand Army" was sat for
Co nimauder-in-ChiefKountz,whooxcnsed him
self from responding on account of weariness,
and called npon Gen. Grosvenor, of Ohio, as a
substitute, who, ia the course of his speech,
said among many other excellent things, "It
has been a long time since Comrade Kountz
employed a substitute. Laughter. In fact,
tho only timo I can remember was wheii bo
employed a wooden, substitute for bis missing
As Gen. Grosvenor concluded, Gen. Sher
man entered tho hall and was received with
loud cheers, the band playing "Marching
Through Georgia." ,
Past Commandor-in-Chief Paul Van Der
voort responded in his usual happy manner to
"Tho Woman's Bolief Corps," speaking in the
most eulogistic manner of the good work the
association had performed.
"Tho Volunteer Soldier" was responded to
by Corporal Tanner, of Now York, and hi3 re
marks, with their many pathetic and humor
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My baby six months old broke out with some kind of
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T have suffered for many years from ulcers on m v lest,
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hail injured myself with Mercury anJ Potash. Yaac
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