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The Dignity of O'Rourke I
[Copyright, IKS, by C. H. Sutcllffo.]
It was one of a hundred Instances,
When the civil war cam*) to un end at
last, lieutenants and captains who de
sired to take up «nns as a profSMloo
were willing to take positions as ser
geants in the standing army. That was
Low Captain O'lt-mrke, late of the Sev
enty-lirst volunteers, came to be order
ly sergeant of Company B\ Eleventh
United States Infantry.
As a captain of volunteers O'Rourke
was noted for two things in particular
—he was a fighter, and be was a man
■of dignity. Within a week of his Join-
Ing liis regiment be was nicknamed
"Dignity," and the appellation ■tuck to
him to the day of l. death. The nine
other orderly Bergeanta In the Eleventh
were a bit familiar with their lieuten
ants and captain, and now and then
they condescended to take a drink or
sit in a game of poker with the pri
vates, but Sergeant O'Hourke never let
himself down. He was always the
same to every one, and It came to be
whispered about thai if be should ever
smile or crack a Joke the United States
WOOld at once proceed to dlssjlve In
One day nt Fort Reno word was re
ceived that the Indians had again tak
en to the warpath and that there was
likelihood of a wandering band trying
to cut off a train of wagons coming up
with quartermaster supplies. Then
was one point of danger. Ones safely
passed that and the long string of wag
ons would be safe. Sergeant O'Rnurko
was «tttin« In his quarters studying the
book of tactics when the colonel's or
derly gave him a message. T%ree min
utes later he stood bafore his command
ing officer, and bo had twice th« dignity
of th« m*» who looked up at him and
"Sergeant. I have got word that
Crazy Horse has broken tooso again."
'Tea, sir," replied the subordinate, as
he gave the military MJnte with the
"Some of hie men may attack tbe
wagon train coming up. If they do It
will be it Stony brook. Do you think
you couM take ten men and hold th.»
crossing against perhaps forty or fifty
Indians until the wagons have passed?"
"Not a doubt of it, sir."
There was a doubt of It in the colo
nel's mind, a very big doubt, but Just
then be had a larger sick list than
usual and a number of hla officers
were away on leave. The outbreak
was «o Buddeu that he was in a box.
lie ought to send thirty man under
command of a lieutenant to the point
specified, but he had figured it over
and over, and the beet he could do was
to send ten under command of tl»e
"Yes, sir; very well, sir," replied
O'Hourke as he received his orders,
and half an hour later his squad was
marching down the rocky road.
It was eight miles to the crossing
of Stony brook. The men had left the
fort at 1 o'clock in the afternoon «f a
summer's day. They saw no "signs"
«n route. If the Indians hsd broken
loose again they were not skulking in
the vicinity of the fort Tho men
stepped out on the rough military road
with marchlug stride, and In a littlu
over two hours they had reached the
crossing. All was as peaceful as If
a hostile Indian had never lived. Ser
geant O'Rourke saw smiles of derision
on the faces of some of tho men and
suddenly called out:
"Attention, Rquad! Right face! Left
face! Front! Listen! Some of you
men think the colonel was mistaken,
but you'll know better within ten min
utes. How many Indians there are in
hiding among the bowlders over there
I cau't say, but this Is no time for smil
ing. When I give the word make a
rush for the rocks at your right. We
are too late to save the train."
The ten men whirled to the right and
covered forty feet of ground and got
the shelter of the rocks. Sergeant
O'Rourke followed them at a leisurely
step, although the seventy Indians in
unibush within pistol shot gave him a
volley. He ought to have been riddled
like a sieve, but he was untouched.
There were no orders to give. The ten
had no show. They were safe in front,
but the Indians would work past their
flanks and take them in the rear with
in a quarter of an hour. To attempt a
retreat was to lose their cover and
court instant death.
"What are we going to do, Barge?"
asked one of the squad after sending a
bullet into the head of an Indian who
exposed himself in his anxiety to 11
cure a good aim.
"Private Johnson," said O'Rourke a^
he drew himself up stiffly, "I would
thank you to give my title in full—
sergeant. What we are going to do,
sir, Is to die, sir. We have already
lost three men."
Two minutes later one of the eight
survivors came rushing up to say:
"Tlie devils are working along on our
fight flank, and this place will soon be
too hot to hold us!"
"Private Delaney, salute your supe
rior officer when you speak to him.
Your report Is received, sir. About
There could be only one ending. Tb€
Indians worked forward on the flanks,
*nd when Sergeant (VRourke looked
around him and saw that he alone lived
ne stood up and folded his hands and
held his head high. The redskins
•hrtoked and shouted, and a down of
««n came forward to lay bands on
Ihe prisoner. The first of them was
hardly ten feet away when Dignity
tnrust his hand Into hta Jacket, pulled
ofct a derringer that none of hie men
**»d ever seen, and the next Instant he
•wik down among the other dead.
"Him chief—big chief!" muttered the
■Indians as they came forward, and his
fc°dy was laid aside with respect, and
no hand ravaged It. If. QUAD
NAVY'S RIFLE PRACTICE.
Pun. Fop the Ore.t Target Ran** mi
Unaatnnniuo, < nhi».
For the purpose of making the BMI
of the navy of the Doited States IU
proficient in the use of unal] anna as
they are with the big guns of theli
ships the government is now establish
ins a target range at Guantananjo, cm
the Island of Cuba, which will bo one
of the most complete of its kind In Un
World, says the Washington rust.
Gaantanamo v located on the reset
vatlon over which this government has
control as a naval station and is re
moved from settlements, so that prac
tice can be carried on with perfect
safety. Last year the navy endeavored
to bold target practice at Yorktown,
but owing to the danger to people liv
ing in the vicinity it had to bo aban
doned. Modern small arms have slid
great carrying capacity thai a shot
going wild might easily fly two miles
and hit some person. After careful
consideration it was agreed that the«
was nowhere in this country a suitable
Place for this practice work.
A recent report to the department
shows that already 200 of these targets
have boon erected. When completed
there will bo 500, and, large as this
number seems, there will be none tor
many. These ranges will be at 200,
300, 000 and 1,000 yards, and the firing
line will be more than 2,000 yards in
The Gaantanamo range win be util
ized during the winter naval maneu
vera. When these maneuvers take
place there are an average of fifteen
ships, with a complement of 400 men
each, In Cuban waters. It Is the pur
pose of the depart to, have those
target* In nhapo for the coming ma
nanvers, which will b« held ottber In
December or January next.
Suitable medal* and other award* for
excellence tn marksmanship hay© been
provided as Incentives for the men to
attain a high degree of efficiency. Dl
Tided according to their records, the
men will be arranged Into classes, so
the department will at all times know
Just who are the best shots of the navy
and where they are stationed. The
record of a ship both with small arms
and the main and secondary batteries
will be taken Into consideration In as
signing the ships of the navy to special
lines of duty.
SNOW MEASURING DEVICE,
1— Important Knowledge Oalned
Thrtmnrh a New Apparatus.
A new proceM for measuring the fall
of snow has been devised recently by
the weather bureau and will be used
this winter, says the Washington cor
respondent of the New York Post Un
der the old basis of measurement It bag
been assumed that ten Inches of snow
were equivalent to one Inch of water.
Recent observations have shown, bow
ever, that this ratio Is not correct. Ex
periments were made on accumulated
winter snow before It had begun to
melt A simple apparatus was planned
and placed at a number of points on
the headwaters of rivers and at select
ed localities. Th« actual depth of the
snow was measured at regular inter
vals and sections were cut oat to de
termine the water equivalent It was
found that Instead of the supposed ra
tio of one to ten the melted snow in
some instances showed a ratio to wa
ter of five to ten and frequently of
three to ten.
The Importance of this may be ap
preciated better when it la realized
that the difference of a single inch of
water from the drainage basin of a
river may mean a flood. It la hoped
that the new Information will enable
the bureau to make more accurate fore
casts of sudden inundations.
The stillness that doth wait on change
Some pause of expectation owns the
And faint and far I hear the sea com
Where gray and answerless the head
Blow falls the evening of the dying year.
Misty and dim the patient forests He,
Chill ocean winds the wasted woodlands
And earthward loitering the leaves go
Behold how nature answers death! O"er
The memorled splendor of her summer
Lavished and lost her wealth of sun and
Scarlet and gold, are In her drifting
Vain pageantry! For this, alas. Is death;
Nor may tho season's rlpo fulfillment
Our thronging memories of those who
With life's young Bummer promise In
The dead leaves rustle "nealh my linger
Low murmuring ever to th« spirit oar:
We were and yot again shall be on<v more
In th* sure circuit of thi> rolling year.
Trust thou th« craft of nature. Lo, for
A comrade wise Bho moves, serenely
With wilful prescience mocking sense of
For us who mount love'» unreturning
Trust thou her wisdom; «ho will recon
The faltering spirit to eternal change
When, In her fading wood ways thou shalt
I' tf hands long dead and know them
not as Btrar^fo.
for thee a golden parable she breathes
Where In the mystery of this repose
While death Is dreaming life, the waning
With far caught tight of h«av«n divinely
rbou, when the final loneliness draws
And earth to earth recalls her tired
tx. the sweet constancy of nature strong
Shalt dream again—how dying nature
-8. Weir Mitchell In November Century.
Brains and Drudgery.
Vacation la long enough past ft*
average tollers to feel Bottled down U
the routine of drudgery, if that is th«
view they tako of life's serious tasks,
Most all will say that their annual out
in* gave them a taste of the Joy of Uv
| Ing, and If th.> theory of President El
lot of Harvard, as given In a recent
address, la true there Is an end to Joy
for a twelvemonth at least. President
Eliot says that people who live by the
exercise of the Intellectual powers en-
Joy Hfo of this sort better than those
who work with their hands. It Is
drudgery which robs life of its Joy,
and drudgery is not confined to any
particular phase of activity.
There is drudgery la every routine of
labor unless the end In view lifts It to
a higher plane. Hunting, fishing. boat
ing and mountain climbing are drudg
i cry to those doomed to this life with no
compensating blessing in view to beck
on on to the promised laud. Athletics
are drudgery; writing and painting are
drudgery; everything to which one
must buckle down in order to get any
where Is drudgery. Gibson, tho great
artist, has quit making pictures In
black and white because the end he
had In view—tho accumulation of n for
tune—ls accomplished. To continue at
it would indeed be drudgery unbeara
bio. Henceforth hell drudgw at paint-
Ing to colors Just to win glory and will
not be a whit happier at th« task.
Drudgery ronet enter Into <rr«ry life
that In to ooont for anything and ex
p*rktoe» th* trxtm Joy of B^n«. Tho
star? of the gjftAm vatmxtttag a thread
lxuvnaeraMe times to gat or»» a wall
ns«a to *£**«( in every ib««IV)ok as
« Immiii h» P«tmj imar*, JlptrmtnK
wonM h# flraOgmr » «• «P«U» cochJ
not m* tt* -wmb at O*» flaJirv IttJiam!
bHn«i Mbmikl Imt* an taoch bMtn to
th« atom m a apMar taA find «x«rrctH<
for all at ft hi thing' (bey do.
That li exnrcMßfr tßt*n«etaa) po«v tn
a w«7 feat n«p« nilwtai ftra. fWti.v
mr* otQwm oaSwl tnttflectnal tSms
find Itf* not \weiHi f^ftr^t (tea nt thf
It la Of iM3 taaaatxmj of atrjr work
which main* it mjdgmvy. awl tto jOay
of teiaUwt ran <ttep*l moootoci/ from
Q» imaabtmt tack. Tb« bewt*wtf» nho
fats ttuwugtt b«i> Uooda]r> wmjiMjujf em
bom •ariltr than tmrmU or get* ft on
the Eta* ft *• mttrnt** ahead of h«r tmay
next door nalfhtwr or fiods th« linen
par* trbtt* vlmt* tt win Gall gray th«
la#t time irfll not look back upon tho
long hoar* error fb* wnshtub a* tntoi
erabte AmOcery. She gcoree a point
by the inrentlon at ttam wi-rtag expo
<W*nt» and ta that xra^ brtnen many a
thrill of )ory to eaa« th« tired bones and
amftfJaa, Brain* and toll aro a good
team. Brains make the work go qnlck
«■ tad truer and yMd full results.'
Tb«gr pot a gilt edir* upon Aru l#ai'J ■
1 A Terror of th* B«*.
Tba arrtval of th« American acboooef
Berwlnd m her borne port with three
negro mutineers In frona and a gap In
tbo ranks of the crmr nhown that then
la still a possibility of murderous af
fairs at tea. In the Berwlnd mutiny
the captain and four Ballon lost their
lives. Tragedies of th* kind have been
rare of late years, but In the early
', days of the merchant marine, when
men were smuggled on board and com
pelled to serve at the pistol's point,
mutinies were far more common.
One of the most famous mutinies In
the htrtory of modern seafaring was
that of the crew of the British ship
Bounty, the fate of which was a mys
tery for half a century. The mutineers
of the Bounty hid themselves from the
vengeance of the law by settling upon
Pltcalrn Island, in the south Pacific
ocean, and from an aged participant
In the tragedy the story of the mutiny
was learned. Tho laws of today offer
more protection than formerly to the
rights of sailors, and there Is less in
centive to mutiny. The chances of es
cape for mutineers aro also fewer now,
owing to the close surveillance of ves
sels on the high seas.
The soldiers of the regular army
have "salted" away $20,000,000 in the
safe keeping of the government. Many
a king of the old style would have re
joiced in an army so thrifty, and in an
emergency confiscate the pile to re
enforco his war chest, but Uncle Sam
Is so pleased with the boys that he
talks of adding to their monthly wages.
Latest advices from the Pacific show
that the typhoon which swept over the
region of the Philippines in September
was a terror of the old style. Whole
Islands were depopulated at the mouth
of the Yangtse, in China, the loss of
life being estimated at 10,000, and the
damage to shipping was widespread.
Tho tobacco growers of the south
are lining up against tho tobacco trust
the sam« as th« cotton planters have
lhuvl up R«alnat the Wall street
"beara." Will they, like them, force
op the price of the raw stuff?
One of the inscranco presidents uu
der flm says there are two skies to the
Uf© Insurance business. Premium pay
era have long had*a view at one Bide
and are glad for a peep at the other.
General Williams thinks that no of
fleer above the age of forty should hold
rank of captain in the army. All the
captains will vote for that, especially
If the Jump in to brigadier general.
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