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HE BLED FOR HIS COUNTRY YET
HE IS DENIED PENSION
C. E. Whitmore, Champion Bugler
of the World.
San Diego, Cal. Champioa bugler
of the world!
This is the title claimed by C. E.
Whitmore of this city, a veteran of
30 years' service in the U. S. army
I and navy.
He is the only man who ever served
for any length of time in the IT. S.
service after having lost two feet.
His right foot was amputated after
an accident during target practice at
Galveston, Tex., before the Spanish
When the war broke out, Whit
more, the missing portion of his limb
replaced with a wooden substitute,
applied for a position as military mes
senger and was accepted.
He tells of carrying a" message -to ;
Gen. Garcia, after the American
troops had lander at Siboney:
"I was acting as mounted messen
ger for Genr C. P. Humphreys," he
said, "when, with two others, I was
given messages to carry to Garcia. It
looked like certain death. Price and
Mills, who started with me, were both
shot from their saddles. I kept to the,
brush and finally made Garcia's lines "
and delivered the message. I was
slightly wounded in the arm and on
the way back my horse was killed.
The most serious damage, however,
was done to' my wooden foot. It was
entirely shot away and I had to limp
into the field hospital with the limb of
a three for a crutch.
" 'What you want is a wheelwright,
not a surgeon,' said Gen. Leonard
Wood, who was in command."
In spite of the fact that he lost a
leg in the service, Whitmore has been
denied a pension by the government
he served so faithfully.
DIARY OF FATHER TIME
The contemplated attempt to cross
the Atlantic ocean in a flying ma
chine in 1914 brings to mind the ef
forts made by John Wise, the first
aeronaut in the United Statesto se
cure, in 1846, an appropriation from
congress to finance a trip across the
ocean in a balloon.
John Wise wa"s born on Feb. 24,
1808. He began experimenting in
Philadelphia in 1835 and, in 1837,
discovered that while passing
through -a thunder cloud the cords
of his balloon' gave forth musical
sounds and he heard voices on the
earth when he was a mile above it.
After twice seeking appropriations
from congress, he tried to get its aid
in building air ships from which ex
plosives could be thrown-at an enemy
on land or sea.
Up to 1859 he had made 230 as
censions. On Sept. 28, 1879, he as- -cended
from St. Louis and never re
turned. The body of one member of
the party was afterward found in