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THE ARGUS. SATUKO AY MARCH, 7, 1891.
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Saturday. March 7, 1891.
THBrepudiatedcongre88, just deceased.
spent over 9100.000.000 more than ita
Tom Reed will find his level in the
Piftj-6cond congress. On the floor of
the boose be will be lost sight of.
What h dismal future awaits Bro.
Qest. He will be compelled to minele
with the MuDratefar people of whom
we hve beard so much lately. Poor
man, how we pity him!
Now that Hou. W. H. Qest has re
turned home to his 'ungrateful' consti
tuency it is in order for the enterprising
Union reporter to interview him in re
gard to the Rock Island arsenal appro
priation which he allowed to go by de
Boss Wells should have hired a brass
band upon, the occasion of ex Congressman
Gest's return and met him at the depot
in fliuabea.i paraphernalia. The boss
never appears to better advantage than
when h lipoma himself with tinsel and
torch ami takes to the middle of the
Tw. it - : .
umuu uti.i woraea ltseii into a
oyBiericai state over the Burns matter.
By reading its pathetic and souKstirrini?
effusions one would imagine that The
Argus was responsible for the whole
trouble. Trobably if the Union would
give its elastic imagination freer rein it
could prove The Argus had something
to rt with filching the dollar.
The Uuioo in a rather indirect manner
accuses Col. Whittemore of beine resDon
sible for the failure of Rock Island arse
aal to secure sufficient appropriations for
the ensuing year, because of his strained
relations with Gn. Benet. This is nn
charitable and unjust. Col. Wbiitemore's
duty was to simply send an estimate
with recommendations to the war de
partment as to the amount of money re
quired to meet current expenses and con'
templated improvements at the arsenal
The responsibility of seeing that Col.
Whittemore's estimates remained intact
io the appropriation bill rested entirely
upon the shoulders of ex-Congressman
Qest, and no amount of quibbling can
Bnin me Name elsewhere. and
the reck Jess raiding upon the
national treasury by Czar Reed and his
loHowers would seem to admit of no rea
sonable exuuoe for the failure of Mr.
Gest to secure proper recognition for this
important post. With claim agent eharks.
subsidy schemers and other raiders filline
iheir pocket, Mr. Gest should have been
able to at least get the customary appro
priation for the arsenal here, in the gen
eral scramble. A9 it was he came home
empty-handed, and didn't even take the
trouhle to notify local interests of the
unsatisfactory condition of affairs in
Washington. It is high time, indeed,
that Mr. Gest was given a rest from
The Peoria Transcript, straight repub
lican, assigns several reasons whyStreettr
Bhould not be supported by the republi
cans. Briefed they are as follows:
1. Streeter is not a republican.
2. Streeter is a democrat.
3. Streeter U a crank.
4. When republicans elect Streeter
they surrender their organization .
5. The election of Streeter by the
combination of republicans and F. M. B.
A. would make Palmer a martyr with all
a martyr's power
8. Streeter is an erratic fiatiat with a
billowy fancy and a bounding imagina
tion. 7. Streeter is an accident.
The Transcript further Bays:
There should never be a surrender of
principle, but surrendering principle with
no compensation is simply foolishness.
And this is what the election of Streeter
An Oglesby and a Palmer haye tc
cupied the gubernatorial chair, by vote of
the people, but no one in his wildest im
aginings has ever dreamed that these two
men would ever be succeeded by a
There is a good deal of talk about a
constitutional amendment allowing the
election of a senator by a direct vote of
the people. Does any republican who is
voting for Streeter believe that if this
were done, Streeter could secure the suf
frage of one-tenth of the voters of the
state? Do they imagine they are earn
ing out lUe wishes of any considerable
portion of the people of the state in vot
ing for him.
In tne pursuit of the goon things of
' his world we anticipate too much; we
eat out the heart and sweetness of world
ly pleasures by delightful forethought of
them. The results obtained from the use
of Dr. Jones' Red Clover Tonic far exceed
all claims. It cures dyspepsia, and all
.stomach, liver, kidney and bladder
troubles. It is a perfect tonic, appetizer,
blood purifier, a sure cure for ague and
malarial diseases. Price. 60 cento, of
Canes are the only signs of support
some well dressed young men show.
AN ARMY PORTIA.
By CHAELES KING, TJ. 8. A.,
Author of "The Colonel's Daughter," "The
Deserter," "From the BaiaJx," "Dun
raven Ranch," "Two Soldiers."
Copyright. 18SO, by J. B. Ltpplncott Company.
Philadelphia, and published by special arrange
ment with ti.um,
Cart. Lane's quarters, as has been
said, were charmingly furnished, and
adorned with attractive pictures nnd
bric-a-brac The dining room was
nnall, as dining rooms generally are in
army garrisons, but by dint of moving
wit the stove, which until now had cum
bered one corner, and then crowding the
sideboard into its place, sufficient room
had been gained to admit of extending
the table diagonally and seating four
teen people thereat, and now, with the
curtains drawn, but the soft evening
breeze playing through the open case
ment and the broad hallway, in the soft,
yet brilliant light of dozens of wax
candles set in sconces on the walls or in
heavy candelabra on the damask covered
board, a merry party had gathered for
one of the "lovely dinners" for which
Mrs. Lane was already famous.
"1 shall expert to see you appearing in
the role of counselor.''
Three of the infantry captains were
present with their wives. Pretty Jean
nette SIcCrea. who was visiting the
Bcrrnhams,wns escorted in by Dr. Imrer
Boll, popularly reputed to be an intract
able bachelor, yet privately believed to
be melting beneath the tenderness of
that young lady's sweet blue eyes; and
Georgia Marshall found herself sitting
vis-a-vis with Mrs. Brodie, a somewhat
portly matron, who seemed capable of
imbibing information through overy pore
and storing it for future nse, and yet at
the same time imparting new and start
ling opinions on all current topics with
intensified volubility. Her eyes took in
every detail of the tasteful appoint
ments of the table. Her nostrils inhaled
the fragrance of the roses and carnations
lavished on every hand. Her lips parted
to receive the succulent little clam rw
and unaccustomed luxury west of the
jYiissoun, yet easily expressed from St.
Louis and to jrive utterance at the sm
instant to liveliest comments upon the
unusual feature of that evening's parade.
It was not until after sonn and th tinv
thimbleful of sherry that audible con
versation seemed, to extend beyond her,
and then Miss Marshall, who h.id Wn
endeavoring to entertain Capt. Brodie
ana aistracr nis mma rrom contempla
tion of his better half 9 undaunted con
versational powers, found herself ad
dressed by the gentleman on her right
"And so you are from Cincinnati. Mis
Marshall, and paying your first visit to
the West? Now. what do you think of
"Pardon me. Col. Lawler. bnt isn't
that a trifle like the query we are said to
propound to Englishmen who hare just
lanaea.' tiow do you like America?"
"iiut 1 inferred that rou had hn
here long enough to furm an opinion."
"To form one vaguely, perhaps, but
probably not long enough to subject it
to the test of experience."
And do you never esnres niininna
until assured of their justice? Really,
Miss Marshall, I must compliment you
on such wisdom and cHnrroHnn v
should have been a lawyer."
i es. colonel? and that. 1 unHprstnnri
is your profession Now I am inoi
Col. Lawler's eves had bpon mniim.
ing about the table as he spoke, but now
he turned suddenly and suspiciously
upon the girl at his side. He was a man
of singular mental mold. H hart
a clerk in the office of his uncle, a prom
inent lawyer m tne distant east: had
had merely a common school
and was laboriously reading law when
nis patron lounu himself suddenly called
upon to assume responsible dnr.ina n.t- th
national capital, and hastened thither,
taxing nis clerk with him. Lawler at
that time was nearly thirty-five, and had
not yet been called to the bar. It waa
the third year of the great war. His
patron soon found that the requirements
of his office were such that a man of far
higher attainments wonld ha
secretary, and, being thrifty and un
willing to pay the salary of a c-lfirk not
of his own pocket, he decided on the not
unusual expedient of shuntinsr him off
on a paternal government. Lawler had
no idea whatever of entering the army
as one of the fighting force, but the
proposition of his uncle was almost daz
zling. He wasn't much of a lawyer, to
be sure, but nuite srood enotvjrli tor tlm
purpose, said the old gentleman to him
And so it resulted that tin in-ff n Nt
Enclanuer was transferred to a t:Wlr-
ship in the bureau of military justice,
and speedily blossomed out as a major
and iudze advocate of volunteers, with
station in the city of Washington. The
first thing the excellent fellow did. after
eettinsr his uniform and Bword. was tn
post off to the Granite State and marry
the middle aged maiden who for ten
years had been patiently waiting the
day when he could accumulate enough
money to buy a little home, and with
his bride he returned to honest toil at
the department. No man ever worked
harder to master the details of unaccus
tomed duties, and no man, probably,
ever encountered greater difficulties.
But such was his perseverance that he
became a walking glossary of informa
tion on army legal affairs. It was not
that l.e ever mastered the niceties of
martial jurisprudence, but he knew the
inside history of every case that came
up for trial in the bulky records of the
bureau. He could quote the charges
and specifications preferred against any
and every officer, the findings of the
court, the names of the principal wit
nesses, of the judge advocate and the
membei-s, and little by little the sen
iors in the office had grown so to lean
upon his memory and his opinion that
he became an almost indispensable
And to when Peace once more spread
her wings over the troubled walls of the
capitol, and the army was sent home,
and a chosen few were retained from
the millions of volunteers to close up the
records and accounts of that vast estab
hshment, the bureau announced that it
couldn't get along without Maj. Lawler,
and Lawler was shrewd enough to see
his way to a lifo position. With the
brevet of lieutenant colonel for faithful
and meritorious services during a war
in which he had not once heard the
whistle of a bullet, he waa presently an
nounced as transferred to the permanent
establishment and duly commissioned
one of tl arry 0f officers of the regular
-it tins time his sole acquaintance with
the gent" emen with whom his future lot
was to bo cast was what he had derived
from the court martial proceedings
which fi r three years he had spent ten
to twelve hours a day in reviewing; and
Knowing them through that -medium
alone, it became somewhat difficult for
him to estimate them through any other
when at last he was ordered to duty at a
far western city as judge advocate of a
division. He had been so many years
within t ie shadow of the war depart
ment that army life in any other 6hape
looked to him as might a strange garret
to an exiled cat. When he met an of
ficer for t he first time his mind reverted
to the records which he had reviewed:
this was not the man who led the as
sault on I'.loody Angle at Spottsylvania.
who planted the first colors on the
heights oi Mission Ridge, who made the
perilous night ride to Crook after the
'.'.:?:! ?r of the Little Horn, bit the of
ficer who preferred the rharn-na
Col. Blan'.. or who was tried for dupli
cating pay accounts at Nashville, or who
was the uawilling witness in the case of
old Barry at Fort Fetterman.
To his r ragmatical mind every soldier
was a past or prospective figurant before
a court m irtial, and long contemplation
of innumerable counts in the shape of
specificati ms had so charged his mind
with distrust of his fellow men that,
whatsoever might be his rank or record,
no officer stood so high as to be above
suspicion, none so impregnable that,
judiciously handled, a court could not
down him. "I consider it my bounden
duty," he had once said, "to convict an
officer if I possibly can." And while in
his regard an acquittal might temporari
ly and partially vindicate the party ac
cused, it nust forever blight the fair
fame of the jndge advocate who tried
Some ye.irs of rubbing had bo far mod
ified his original views as to teach him
that until charges were actually pre
ferred it wis not well to look upon anv
of his new associates as actually and ab
solutely attainted: but once that formal
ity had be ?n accomplished, prima facie
evidence of guilt was firmly established,
and only with reluctance and inward, if
not active, rebellion could he bring him
self to accent a verdict otherwise. Pro
ceedings of courts which convicted he
skimmed through with lenient eye:
there could bi no error there; but when,
as was his invariable custom, he glanced
at the findings before beginning the re
view, and there discovered the unwel
come words "not guilty." no vigilance
could excee 1 that with which he scruti
nized every line of the record, hoping
anywhere to light upon a flaw Friends
in the service at large he neither sought
nor made Secure in his position, abste
mious, frugal and even niggardly, he had
no small vices on which to trip. Life to
him was on long contemplation of the
failings of his fellow men
And this was the gentleman who.
being on some temporary investigation
within the I nes of the department, had
received telegraphic ordera to proceed at
once to Rya i and look into the matters
thus loudly heralded by the press.
Standing nor, upon the order of his go
inji. he had taken the first train and
reached the post ut nightfall, eager to
begin It was a source of positive dis
comfort to him to find that he was ex
pected by th i post commander to dine at
Capt. Lane's; but his uneasiness was in
uo wise due to the lack of proper ap
parel. The colonel and the other officers
were in full uniform, as was army cus
tom then, before a merciful and level
headed general authorized the wearing
of civilian evening dmss on such occa
sions. But Col. Lawler was quite at
ease in a traveling suit of rusty tweeds.
Morris had o feral the colonel the use of
his own drs" suit, and in fact had
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
rather urged it as due to Mrs. Lane, but
Lawler promptly replied that Mrs. Lane
must haye known when she asked him
that he did not travel around on military
duty with a spike tailed coat, and de
clared that he thought it all unneces
sary. "Spike tailed coats are too high
toned for me, anyhow. 1 never see a
man in one but what he reminds me of
some butler Tve seen in Washington."
Morris said no more, but Mrs. Morris
had looked volumes, and it waa very rue
fully indeed that the colonel presented
his visitor to their gracious hostess.
Dinner was announced almost immedi
ately, and ignoring Cor the time being
the young lady wia&ta he had taken in
on his arm Lawler sat for some minutes
looking in no little surprise- about him.
The sight of so much elegance-at a front
ier table could only convy to his mind
the vague impression of peculation in
the past. He was surprised to find that
Lane could have had no connection what
ever with "cotton cases" during the war.
And now was this young girl with the
big dark eyes, looking so frankly yet
scrutinizingly up into his face, quizzing
him? The fact that for nearly a quarter
of a century he had been a commissioned
officer and was now high in rank, if not
in public esteem, had given him a cer
tain self confidence of manner, and the
consciousness of being the custodian of
a host of official secrets added to his
sense of self importance. Vet small and
suspicions by nature he was forever look
ing tot some covert ridicule. Ue had
corr.e to the Ix.ard a total straii?r to
CV.pt. and Mrs. Lane, yet he felt a cer
tain sense of superiority to thm be
car.se he could, were he so dispore.l, tell
that young matron a host of ugly things
ilxiut her first husband.
Of Lane himself he knew liulo or
nothiug beyond tho fac t that tu pr.v
codings of courts martial of which he
had served as judge advocate w re al
ways correct, lhat he was known in
the fighting force of the army as a brill
iant and gallant soldier, who had been
through many a hard campaign and had
twice or thrice been wounded, was of no
avail in Lawler's eyes. That might be a
very proper thing in its way, but did
not interest him. Just now he was cast
ing up in bis mind the probable cot-t of
the dainty feast and wondering what
means Lane had outsile his pay. Miss
Marshall, leing from Cincinnati, would
doubtless know something, and he pro
posed to put her on the witness stand
forthwith, but, lawyer like, to lead up
to Ihe matter by adroit circumlocution.
Yet at tho first clumsily essayed compli
ment she had looked up into Ids fare, a
morrj light in her big, dark, scrutiniz
ing eyes, and ho tiecame instantly sns
pfcious that Bho was quizzing him.
Lawler reddened at the very thought,
"You seem to have a very correct appre
ciation of the legal profession," he said,
however, with an effort at a gallant bow.
"Most young women, I fancy, are far
more partial to that of a soldier, for in
stance." "Most women, yon know, admire cour
age and truth and straightforwardness,
"And you mean that these are more
frequent in the army that is, among
the the officers of the line than in the
legal profession, I suppose. Now, Miss
Marshall, a celebrated chief justice, from
whom yon may be descended, as you
bear the same name, was the embodi
ment of all these traits."
"And his mantle fell on th shoulders
of many, I doubt not, colonel; but was
it big enough to go round?"
Tm afraid j-ou're satirical, Miss Mar-
6nau, said trawler, with a superior
smile, "Yon young ladies not infre
quently see only the glamour and froth
of army characteristics. We who have
spent many years in the endeavor to
keep the army straight cannot look npon
the officers quite as partially as you do.
We see both sides of the double lives led
by so many of the 'youngsters in the
"Only by the line, colonel, and by the
young officers? Then who looks after
the staff and the elders?" And Miss
Marshall's face wa9 bubbling over with
"They have stood the test of years,
Miss Marshall, and need no guardian,
as do these young fellow3 who so capti
vate school girls," answered Lawler,
shifting uneasily in his chair. "Now,
Mrs. Brodie has a mature conception of
their merits and defects. She was speak
ing of this very case of Mr. nearn a
moment ago. You seem to have known
him quite a while, Mrs. Brodie. Were
you ever stationed together?"
"My! no. CoL Lawler; only one can
not help hearing things," answered Mrs.
Brotlk. totally unaware of the facial con
tortions of her better half, who was help
lessly, hopelessly strivin? to catch hir
eye and restrain her tongue. "Every
body m town seems to think he was such
a popular young fellow; only, don't you
know, so careless."
CoL Morris and everybody at Mrs.
Lane's end of the table haDnened tn ha
deep in general chat at the moment, and
neither saw nor heard anything of this
sudden introduction of personal affairs
at a social occasion. But Mrs. Morris
lost no time. She saw Brodie's glower
ering eyes across the board: she noted
Lawler's keen, Ehrewd gaze, and the
troubled" look that flashed over Lane's
Kindly lace, and had inst time tn nrhte.
per to him: "How can you ever forgiye
us for bringing the man? The colonel
was in misery at the idea. He said he
know he would be talkinsr 'shor
dinner was half over. I can check Mrs.
U. S. Govt Report, Aug. 17, 1889.
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February 2d to
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