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TILE ARGUS. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19, .1891.
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Thcrssdi?, February 19. 1881.
The republicans of Illinois are between
the devil and the deep, deep sea, so to
speak, but tbey seem t prefer the devil.
'Anybody to beat Palmer," is the des
pairing cry of the republican party of
Hhnoi9. Even a crow breeder and a
vascillating place-hunter ia acceptable to
them. Truly, what a spectacle the g. o.
p. is presenting in the state of Lincoln
and Logan 1
The democrats can a great deal better
afford defeit with Palmer than the re
publicans can success with Streeter.
There is a consolation in the one of duty
well performed, while in the other well,
if the republicans elect Streeter, they will
be asking forgiveness for their folly for
six ytars at least.
tiov. 111:1 am Silver.
Because Governor Hill, of New York,
failed to attend the anti silver meeting to
which Mr. Cleveland sent bis regrets and
tersely approved the object for which the
meeting was called, republican and nug
wump papers of the east have attacked
him for cowardice. Who, they ask, with
a note of tiiumph is the '"coward" and
Certainly not David B. Hill, says the
New York World, whatever may be
thought of his attitude in the matter.
Had the memories of his enemies extended
over a period of only five months they
would have known the reason of the gov
ernor's non-attendance at an ami-silver
gathering. None could be plainer or
more dtfinite. He was not in sympathy
with the ideas of the party which ap
plauded Mr. Cleveland's letter so vocifer
ously. He believes in "free coinage un
der a proper international ratio" first of
all, but as a choice of evils he considers
free coinage without foreign co-operation
superior to the present system.
There is no doubt of Gov. Hill's posi
tion. He enunciated it with a character
istic directness on Sept. 23 last, when he
gave the principal address at the opening
of the Thomas Jt Hereon ilub in Brook
lyn. At that time, after denouncing the
republican financial policy generally, he
spoke as follows:
"The new monetary legislation of con
gress as exemplified in the recent silver
act redoubles the latest, repeata the earl
iest and perpetuates the worst of those
errors which for nearly thirty years have
made unsound finance a daily nation-1 in
strnction and honeycombed the constitu
tion with republican law. Instead of
executing the granted power to coin the
people's gold and silver into money, in
stead of effecting its circulation by gold
and silver certificates strictly representa
tive of coin, dollar for dollar, this repub
lican congress has now managed, without
the excuse of war or the pretense of ne
cessity, to add another new fangled legal
tender to that promissory dbt currency
which the United States suprems court,
before it was packed to revise its own
decision, nightly adjudged illegal. After
twelve years' failure by compulsory silver
purchases to promote free bimetallic
coinHge at home or abroad, the republi
can party is trying to deceive the people
by the claim of having settled what it
calls "the filvtr question.' Ths assump
tion is as unwttrrnnted as it i deceivii
The recent legislation of congress Is
merely a temporary expedient. It will
give permanent satisfaction nowhere. It
puts a heavier s'rain upon our resources
than free bi netallic coinage withou for
eign co-operation would d and obstructs
our progress towards that end which we
all desire to reach the free coinage of
silver under a proper int rcatio al "ratio
"In order to give internationally to
our ratio, sixteen, it would be necessary
to obtain beforehand the roncordant votes
of nil the stales of the European conti
nent and the fcimultaneous recomage of
the gold francs, the eold marks, the gold
florins, the gold roubles, while the single
vote of congress in favor of the Euro
pean ratio, fifteen and one-half, and
the recoinage of a single piece, nomely,
our silver dollar, would be sufficient
for realizing everywhere an iden
tical bimetallic ratio. Congress persists
in making sixteen gold d liars weigh as
much as one silver dollar, while fifteen
and one half in the monetary rttio be
tween gold and all the enormous stocks
of silver coins existing in Frame, in Hol
land, in Spain, in Austria, in Germany
and in Russia.
"Congress thus, with b'undering in
competence, actually prepares either a
future conflict of mint ratios, such as
twice already swept the United States
clean of its monetary metals, first of cold
and then of silver, or else it casts away to
foreign lands that large profit incident to
the recoinage, which, either here or in
Europe, must precede to make possible
free bimetallic coinage at one ratio on
both sides of the Atlantic.
"In one act a republican congress has
thus usurped a more than doubtful pow
er, which, if lawful, it has worse than
unwisely used; has repulsed a popular
demand 'or restoration of our monetary
unit, which, till 1873, was bemetalhc,
with free coinage alike to silver and to
god and has interponed new hindrance
to a single and fixed weight ratio of par
ity for the gold and silyer of the wotM's
commerce, which is a rational so'ution
of the silver question, if commerce re
mains international and universal."
& ARMY PORTIA.
By CHARLES KING, U. S. A.,
A uthorof "The Colonel's Daughter," "The
Deserter," "From the Ranks," "Diin
rarcn Ranch," "Two Soldiers."
(Copyright. by 4. B. I.ipplnoott Company,
Philadelphia, and published l.y special arrange
tnnnt wi:h t.. -m '
Perhaps it is owing to the fierce fights
down there that the turbulent Republic of
Chile has recently lost an L
lattt A'envon moke: 'Tom Ilrnm
vhen you're m old as I am"
An anxious group had gathered that
afternoon pver near the hospital. Corp.
Brent's symptoms were all indicative of
concussion of the brain, and, though the
Burgeon said there had been no fracture
of the 6kriU, he was fearful that fatal
consequences might ensue. Among his
comrades of the infantry battalion the
young soldier was by long odds the most
popnlar and beloved man in the ranks,
and that he should have been "slagged,"
as they expressed it, in the discharge of
his duty by some scoundrel of a cavalry
man was developing a very ugly feeling
at the post. Murphy and Scanlan had
been sent to Coventry among their own
comrades for having lent a willing ear
to the wiles of the tempte r, and so led on
to th tragedy that followed.
Col. Morris had ordered that Goss
should be confined in a cell apart from
the ordinary prisoners; but when con
fronted with the array of a tlozen gar
rison malefactors neither Murphy nor
Soanlan was r.blo to fix on any one of
tliem as the man who accosted them the
night of the tragedy and gave them
drink at the southwest gate. Goss was
like him in suie and beard, they 6aid, but
that was all that they could assert. It
was enongh, however, to prompt some
Df the infantrymen on guard to scaring
the prisoner's life almost out of him.
He piteonsly implored the officer of the
clay at his next visit not to keep him
there the "dough boys," he said, had
sworn they would lynch him if Brent
died and again and again he declared
himself innocent and the victim of some
conspiracy. When Col. Morris was in
formed of the threat he decided to send
the man to the neighboring town and
the enstody of the civil authorities, that
he might be tried by their courts in the
event of a fatal termination to the cor
poral's injuries, but waited until after
noon before issuing the orders in the
Maj. Kenyon, who had taken a deep
interest in Brent for some months past,
and who had recommended him to study
for a commission, was jnst coming from
the hospital ward when Mr. Hearty pass
ing by the sad faced group of soldiers
who were chatting at the steps, came
quickly forward to meet the field officer.
"How does he seem now, major? I
had intended coming earlier, bnt was de
tained." "Jnst holding his own. I wouldn't
go in if I were you, Heani. I think
footsteps only worry the doctor now.
There is no great change, men," lie kind
ly spolre, as the little lmot of soldiers re
Fyertfnlly saluted and looked inquiringly
at him. "lie has a good fighting chance
vet, with hi splendid constitution. We
can only hope for the best. Come on,
Henra ; I want to ask yon something.
What's this I hear about your having
trouble with that fellow Sehonlierg?"
"Oh, I had no especial trouble, major,
ne was ont here drnnk, I sonld say, and
had got that man Welsh, of my troop,
drinking, eo the fellow was insubordi
nate again, and the officer of the day
ordered him confined. Then Schonberg,
it 6eems, went into the club room, and
after he had leen treating the men to
beer in the bar insisted on treating to
champagne and introducing himself to
several of the officers who were there.
Stone came in and ordered him out, and
when I happened along, hearing the
noise, he appealed to me as to what the
orders in his case had leen, and as I
knew that he had been forbidden even
to come on the reservation I told him if
he didn't go, and go at once, I would
send some of my men to escort him. Of
course he was very violent and abusive,
but I paid no further attention to it."
"D -n that villainr said the major.
"He has done more to demoralize the
men in this post than all the toughs and
gamblers in the community combined.
Our fellows have got to know him so
thoroughly that the best class of them
at least Bteer clear of him entirely; but
there was a time when a great many of
them never went to town without get
ting drink or money at his place and
having to pay very heavily for it after
ward.' "Oh, I knew him well the first winter
I ever spent here," said Hearn. "He
was clerk in the sutler's 6tore then, and
it was just before I left that he was dis
charged by his employer. wrjo is dead
now. Then he came prying around the
barracks at night, bringing liquor to the
men, and gamblers out with him from
town, playing in the non-commissioned
officers' room, fleecing them so badly
that they finally complained, and then
the order was issued that he shouldn't
be permitted on the reservation at all.
He had a friend with him today whom
he was showing around and whom he
ins steAon introducing. Martin says he
eaed him Abrams, Jrom Chicago."
"Abrams! I don't know anything
about him, but the mere faet of his being
her with Schonberg ia enough to make
me look upon him with suspicion. They
weie having a confidential talk with
your man Welsh, I'm told. Now what
do t hey know of him? Where have they
met him before?"
"I can't say, major; he was in the
cap-ains 'household brigade,' and it is
only recently that I have had anything
to do with him. Of course he has been
ia and out of town a dozen times the
past month. w he never lacked oppor
"The doctor tells me you had to haul
him out of the barroom by the coat col
lar, and that he threatened and abused
you. Take my advice, Hearn; don't
ever touch a soldier, no matter how
wrong he may be. You should have
call.nl for a file of the guard if he would
"I had no authority over the guard,
maj r, and I had over Welsh.. I eimply
stepped inside, collared him and marched
him out into the sunshine. Then Capt.
Brodie came Ah! here's the colonel."
They had turned into the quadrangle
at the moment, and came face to face
with the post commander, who, followed
by his orderly, was crossing the green
parade, swinging his cane in the nervous
and energetic way ix?culiar to him.
"Mr. Hearn," he said in his quick, al
most gruff manner, -the officer of the
day tells me he has confined Welsh, of
your troop, for insubordination and for
threatening you, and that he had been
at tl e store with some men from town
who were forbidden the reservation.
Yon know the men, I'm told."
"Cnly one of them, sir. I knew that
Jew. Schonberg, the first winter I was
stati med here."
"Well, Capt. Brodie says he also nsed
t hrejitening language toward you. What
does it mean? What conld he have to
threaten you with?"
"Nothing, sir," answered Hearn
proir ptly. "At least," and now the hot
blood seemed bounding to his temples,
"at least nothing that I have any fear
of. He is a blackguard, and I was ut
terly inexperienced when I came here,
so that he got me into some embarrass
ment in money matters at the time. It
was settled long ago, and I have no idea
wbat he thinks he can trump tip now.
nu eJ to be clerk and attendant at
the st ore here when old Braine"
"Yes, yes, I know," said the colonel
itapa iently. "It is odd that you young
gontl'men will put yourselves in the
hand.- of such people. Now that fellow
das b?en kept off th reservation all
these years, yet here he comes again be
rause he seems to think he has a hold on.
FOu, and dares to disobey orders as a
"I i rotest, colonel," said Hearn, flush
ing hatly, "I am in no wise responsible
for hLs actions. You can have the de
tails of the trouble he gave meat any
time, and I can show you the papers
that long since ended the matter. He
has no hold on me, sir, whatever." And
the young officer stood before his com
mand t looking both grieved and indig
nant s t the imputation conveyed in the
latter' s words.
"Well, well, Mr. Hearn, I do not mean
to say that he has any ground, only you
young gentlemen cannot be too careful
about your associates. Contact with
such canaille as this must defile you just
is much as pitch. Now, Maj. Kenyon,
how is Corp. Brent?"
Thus having the last word, and hav
ing conveyed to the young subaltern a
distinct sense of rebuke. Col. Morris
abruptly intimated his desire that noth
ing further should be said on the sub
ject. So long as he chose to transfer his
attention to Maj. Kenyon the com
mander could of course prevent further
remonstrance; but as Mr. Hearn stood
there ii evident readiness to resume his
own defense, and as the colonel knew very
well that he had hardly been fair to him,
since Ileum's character had been most
exemplary ever f-ince his joining the
regiment, his better nature told him
that he ought in further words to let the
young fellow down easily, as the army
pxpress-ion goes. For reasons of his own
OoL Morris did not wish to unbend,
howevt r, in presence of the infantry
major, his second in command. No
sooner had he finished his inquiries than
he tun ed to Mr. Hearn again:
"I d not mean to say, sir, that any
reason exists for that man's threats, only
that 1 1 onsider it most unfortunate that
you or any young officer should ever
have put himself in the power of that
class of people."
Heari would have retorted, but for a"
moment he could not find words at once
respect'ul and convincing. The colonel
having delivered this final volley from
his entire line now promptly retired be
fore the other side could rally, and, as
though covered by the smoke of his own
lire, tn.mped away across the parade,
leaving the two officers gazing silently
after hi m. The orderly, with hand to
cap visor, sprang briskly past the pair
and sttlked away in the wake of his
cane twirling commander.
At la-st Kenyon spoke: "Come, Hearn,
when 3 ou're as old as I am you'll not
fret yot jself over glittering generalities
like thit. Every colonel. I suppose, is
full of wise saws and modern instances,
and must shoot 'em off occasionally. I'll
be just as full, no doubt, if I live to be a
colonel. It has taken me thirty years
soldiering to get out of company duty,
and tho Lord only knows how long it
will be before I can swap this gold leaf
for the filver. Come along, man; I'm
going to Lane's a moment to ask the la
dies to drive to town this evening, and
there's nothing like the women folk to
help one out of the grumps. There they
are on the piazza now the women, not
the grumps. And by the powers! yon
der comes young Lee in his riding boots
to ask Hiss Marshall to try a canter."
. But H cam shook his head: "I can't go
now; I'rn all upset by this thing, major.
By heaven! isn't it enough to make a
man swear, that a low cad like that can
come ino his daily life and poison the
ears of lis friends and associates with
Blander ivnd innuendo, and. that I have
to listen in silence to such rebuke as that
the colonel gave me?"
"Well, that's what yon get for being
in the army, ray boy. Three days ago
you were taking issue with me at Lane's
becaH.se I said if I had my life to live
over again the array was the very last
profession I'd seek in this country, and
you thought you loved it. Here's Lane,
now," he continued, as the gray ej-ed
captain strolled up and laid his hand
kindly on the young officer's shoulder.
"I'm trying to pull Hearn out of the
grumps. Lane. Haul him along with us,
or he'll be doing something desperate.
You remember how enthusiastic he was
three days ago loved his profession,
would rather be a soldier than a railway
magnate, wouldn't swap his commission
for a million in the four per cents. Fetch
And between them, half laughing,
half sympathetic, the two officers con
voyed their junior toward the shaded
veranda where were seated Mrs. Lane,
Miss Marshall and other ladies busy with
their needlework and probable gossip.
Miss Wharton was of the party, and
there were two or three callers. They
had noted the colonel's soldierly figure
as he tramped across the parade, and
were quick to see the two officers coming
along the gravel walk. Mrs. Lane half
rose, and smiling brightly bade them
enter. Forage caps were raised in ac
knowledgment and salutations exchang
ed, but the trio hung outside. The ma
jor by this time was talking vehemently.
Lane was looking grave and anxious.
The same perplexed expression was or
his face that had been noted at the break
fast table when reading that letter just
before Miss Marshall's entrance the day
before. Uearn's face was clouded.
"How can they encourage Maj. Ken
yon to be dilating on his pet hobby P
petulantly exclaimed Mrs. Graves. "He
is the most pessimistic, cynical, prosy
old crank in the whole service, and will
bore them to death. There, now he's
backed them up against the fence, and
there is no hope for them. Do come in
here out of the hot sunshine, Maj. Ken
yon; you can harangue all you like here
just as well." But Kenyon paid no at
tention to his fair comrade of the infant
ry. For years the women of tho th
foot had made common cause ag;iinst
him despite the fact that he was one of
their most devoted admirers. When
Mrs. Lane again called to them to come
in and sit on the veranda, however, the
captain calmly took his two friends by
the elbows and steered them through
the gate. Another moment and the
ladies were settling back in their seats,
and the major had the floor.
"Yes, Mrs, Lane. I am a crank, as my
good friend Mrs. Graves has doubtless
told you: I have reason t and tho
crank's wound up today. Your husband
and Hearn here have been combating
my views about the desirability of the
army as a vocation, and I crave your
pardon. Miss Marshall, for 'talking
"I'm deeply interested, Maj. Kenyon,"
responded that young lady. "Go "on, I
beg of you."
" Well, my views are founded on long
experience, and not the very pleasantest.
I say and I say it after years of reflec
tion that the more a man may love his
profession, the better a soldier he is, the
more jealous of the honor and reputa
tion of his cloth, tho less can he afford
to take a position in the army of the
United States. Why? Why, because
the great mass of tho people have no
conception whatever of the duties that
devolve upon us, of the life we lead, of
the trials we encounter.
"In time of peace they think they have
no nse whatever for an army, and de
clare that we do nothing but loaf and
drink and gamble. They are taught to
think so by the press of our great cities,
and, never having a chance to see the
trnth fur themselves, they accept the
views of their journalists, who really
know no more about it than they do, but
do not hesitate to announre as fact what
exists only in their imagination. Ever
since the war these attacks in the papers
have gradually increased from year to
year. Now. my home is in Chicago,
ami. naturally, I read the Chicago pa
pers. I was five years tramping, scout
ing, skirmishing all through Arizona and
Wyoming, without ever seeing the inside
of a city or even of a railway car. We
lived on hardtack and bacon and what
we could pick up when we couldn't get
them We lost many a good soldier ic
Indian battle during that time, and at
last 1 got a wound that laid me up and
sent me home. I hadn't seen the place
in seven years My boyhood had been
"Dozensof my relatives and old school
mates lived there, and I looked forward
with pleasure to the rest and joy I should
have at the old firesides. 1 didn't sup
pose that ieople really believed all the
outrageous flings The Times and The
News and The Sun and The Herald. lt
alone The Trades-Union Gazette and
The ArWiter Zeitung, had indulged in
at the exrense of the army. But I had
to wear my uniform for three or four
days about the old home, and not only
6treet boys but grown men, respectably
dressed, jeered and booted at the dress
that for years in the Confederate south
and all over the frontier had never been
treated with insult Old schoolmates
Iatronizingly asked me over their card
tables at the clubs what on earth I could
find to do with myself in the army, and
why I didn't quit it and come in here
and try to be something. You know
perfectly well. Lane, that when you
were recruiting in Cincinnati yon had
just such questions put to you, and you
had been through one campaign after
another for years.
"The general manager of the Midland
Pacific, every mile of whose road through
the Sioux country I and my men had
helped to build by standing off the In
dians day after day, and having many a
sharp fight doing it this general man
ager. 1 say, met me at the Union League
and asked me how 1 had "managed to
kill time on the frontier, and remarked
that it must be a very demoralizing life.
He was out next day in a circular cutting
down the wages of some twenty thousand
employes 10 per cent, but thought the
rank and file of the army were treated
rather like dogs by their superiors. A
man, be said, must be at the lowest ebb
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