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For President... .GHVKR OLBHS
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rorGoTernor JOHSP. ALTGELD
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It is wonderful how the work of Con
greasmaa Cable's campaign committee at
Chicago is stirring up the republicans.
"When the organs begin to blackguard,
as the Union, adopting the course of a
Chicago paper, does this mornine, you
can make up your mind that something
is beginning to hurt.
When the morning paper becomes as
eager as it has in its past two issues to
attack Congressman Cable's campaign
methods in Chicago, to directly contra
dict in one breath what it says in an
other, things are becoming pretty des
perate with the morning institution. But
that is nothing Mr. Cable has driven
the Union to desperation before.
Turn Tnem Hark. atOaec.
Secretary Charles Foster aiys that be
received on Saturday last the following
message from the president of the United
It is an outrage that the steamship
companies continue to bring immigrants
from infected ports. Say to them that
it should stop or it is certain that every
ship will bring the disease and we my
be compelled to turn back such pest
The intent of which is excellent."
says the Chicago Post, "but the spirit is
a trifle weak. If it is an outrage that
the steamship companies continue to
bring immigrants from infected ports,
why be content with saying to them to
stop and intimating that we may be com
pelled to turn back such pest laden ves
sels. Hang intimations, warnings,
threats! Turn back the pest boats now,
before it is too late."
For that matter they should have been
turned back two weeks ago, and then the
ships now fighting to land the plague
stricken on our shores, would not have
come on deliberately burying the
victims of the pest by the score all
the way over, and bringing the living
victims on to threaten the health of the
Jodce Ureiibain's ro4llioi.
The Pniladelpbia Times, discussing
the attitude of Judge Gresham in the
present campaign, says:
Considering the known relations be
tween Harrison and Gresham, the ten
dency to revolt against HarriBon in some
active republican circles in Indiana, and
the refusal of the iudge to deny the
statement that he would support the
people's ticket, it must be evident to all
dispassionate observers that he will not
favor Harrison's re-election.
It can no longer be regarded as a mat
ter of doubt that Judge Gresham will be
heard from in a dignified and proper
manner before the campaign progresses
much further, and that be will declare in
favor of the people's national ticket.
If he were to resign and take the stump
be would settle Indiana against Harrison
and unsettle Illinois as a republican state,
and bis public declaration against Harri
son would make it next to impossible for
Harrison to carry his own state, and
greatly add to the admitted obstacles to
republican success in Illinois.
There can be no doubt in the mind of
an body who knows Judge Gresham's
yiewB upon the tariff and the force bill
that he will under no circumstances vote
for Harrison. It is believed by his party
friends in Indiana that if he makes any
public declaration of his intentions he
will come out squarely for Cleveland,
whom be personally admires and with
whose principles he is practically in ac
cord. But there is not a Gresham re
publican in Indiana who believes that he
will vote for Harrison, and there are
precious few who would advise him to
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JOME INTERESTING CASES BY A POST
ITie Story of Several Apparently Honeat
Employee. Who Afterward Proved to
Be the Culprlte Queer Case ot a Man
Who Stole betters.
Copyright. 1892. by Charles B. Lewis.
In my timn (said a little old man still in
fovernment employ) I have helped to send
great many men to prison, and in each
and every rase there were reasons why my
jympathie went out toward them. My
line for over twenty-five years was that of
postoffice inspector, and you know what
that is. An individual may show mercy
to a dishonest employee, bnt the pontoffice
department never does. The guilty man
is punished, no matter what influence is
brought to bear. There are two chief rea
sons for this. In the first place, the em
ployees of the postal deportment are people
of intelligence and of more or less social
standing. They know what is required of
them. They know what will follow any
derelictiou of duty. In the next, if punish
ment did not follow exposure the masses
would have no confidence iu the depart
ment. The idea of every postmaster gen
eral is to Rive every citizen of the United
States such perfect confidence in the de
partment that he will dare to place a ten
dollar bill in a newspaper and forward it
to a friend located in the most obscure
hamlet. While I use that only for an
illustration, let me tell you that that is a
very common way of sending money. It is
estimated that more than $1,000,000 is thus
mailed every year.
Before the day of postal notes, money
orders and the registry system people used
to Inclose bills in their letters. There has
been no falling off in the custom. It is
calculated that one out of every ten letters
mailed has at least a one dollar bill in it.
The sum total for the year runs up into
millions. The percentage of loss is very
small, but the object is to make it perfect
ly safe to send money in this way, and that
can only be done by obliging every em
ployee of the department to be perfectly
honest. The percentage of dishonest people
Is very small, and yet on their account all
the honest ones must be watched. I know
a man who has sent away over $5,000 per
year by letter every year for the last
seven and has not lost a dollar, but it has
happened tha. others have been robbed on
the very first attempt.
There are many reasons why a man
steals or embezzles a small sum. He who
steals knowing that the chances are ninety-nine
to one that he will be discovered,
must be either very desperate or very silly,
or so you would argue. And yet, when
you take the case of a postoffice employee
you generally find that he is an intelligent
person and had no pressing need to turn
thief. The rea-sou is sometimes an enigma.
In other cases it is to gratify h desire for
a luxury If you will take up the case of
each individual letter carrier convicted
during the last five years, you will dis
cover that the temptation lias been less
than thirty dollars on the average, and
that none of them had pressing need of the
money. You will find about the same
state of affairs in the case of inside men.
There are, no doubt, plenty of employees
who have stolen a letter or two and gone
no farther, but it is also true that after
the ice is once broken a person seldom
holds up until exposure comes. Letters
containing money are easily "spotted" by
the handlers, no matter how much pains
you go to to conceal the content. Sup
pose a letter arrives for some merchant or
a firm which is receiving a hundred a day
from all over the country. The "feel" of
this letter reveals its contents. It is stolen.
It may contaki a five dollar bill or only a
one dollar. At least a week will pass be
fore there is any complaint, ami when the
merchant writts that he did not receive it
the sender takes no steps to trace it. lie
is just as apt to argue that some clerk in
the merchant's office stole his money as
that it was taken by a postal employee. It
is the merchant who finally moves. After
receiving a score of such complaints he
consults the postmaster, and the case is
given to au inspector.
I had a case in a western city five or six
years ago which astonished me, even
though I was old in the business and sel
dom surprised over anything. A boy hail
come into the office and so conducted him
Mslf for a long term of years that he was at
last made assistant chief clerk. He had
the absolute confidence of postmaster and
all employees. During his time there were
thren different inspectors on that route,
and all "banked" on him, as the saying is.
He aided us to detect three or four thieves
in the office, and such was his reputation
for integrity that no change of administra
tion could move him. One day I was sent
out there ou an investigation. There was
something crooked in the office. I con
sulted with the postmaster and he turned
the whole case over to "Honest Abe," ar
the boys called the man I refer to. He was
anxious to heln me straighten things out,
and he seemet to make every effort in that
way. I was about the place for a week and
failed to get the. slightest clew. Then un
beknown to ary one, but more by accident
than design. I employed a method which I
cannot allow ou to make public. The re
sult was that I arrested the assistant as he
was leaving the building and found no less
than twelve money letters in his pockets.
Even with that evidence of his criminality
bulging out of his pockets ho was on his
wav to my hotel to see me and tiropose a
trap by which the guilty party could be
caught! He had a wife and three children.
His salary allowed him to live more than
comfortably. Any bank in the town would
have lent him money on his unindorsed
note. What did be want of the money? To
buy lottery tickets! He was buying them at
the rate of (200 per month, hoping to make
a big strike. When his house was searched
we found 165 one dollar tickets for the cur
rent drawing, but he intended to make the
number an even 200. In six months he had
purchased over 700 tickets, and yet all his
prizes did not foot up $100. It isn't six
months since he left the Detroit house
of correction, where he served his sen
tence. I believe, and it is the belief of all the
officials of the postal departments, that
that lottery did more to dishonor postal
employees than all other temptations com
bined. Thousands of letters containing
one and two dollar bills were constantly
passing through the mails. A percentage
of the employees who handled them argued
that the lottery was dishonest and under
the ban of the department, and that the
money would be lost to the sender even if
they didn't steal it. There can be no just
argument in favor of dishonesty, but such
arguments as above probably helped to
stifle conscience. In two years I alone de
tected fourteen dishonest employees and
brought them to justice. I will relate one
case which had some special features.
A railway mail clerk on a certain run
south of the Ohio river was under sus
picion. The suspicion arose from a singu
lar circumstance. He was a single man,
thirty years old, and had only his salary to
live on. Among the list of donors for a
fund to erect a church edifice was his, and
he had gi.ven 725. When I found this out
I dropped all other clews and concentrated
on him. "Vhile I was watching he turned
in $275 more, thus bringing his subscrip
tion up to $1,000. One day after I had all
my plans laid I entered his car and held
him up. Ho had thirty letters in his pock
ets, all of them containing money and ad
dressed to the lottery. He attempted no
defense and urged only one excuse. He
thought the money had better go into a
church building than into the coffers of
the lottery. He had not converted a penny
to his own use, and he frankly acknowl
edged that it was his intention to steal
f2.500 and then quit. I can mention an
other singular thing which occurred at
about the same time. A man in Pennsyl
vania ordered two one dollar tickets by
mail. As the tickets were on their way to
him they were stolen by a railway mail
clerk. When the drawing for the month
came oft it was discovered that one of the
tickets had drawn $5,000. The clerk had
not preserved the address of the rightful
owner. He slipped down to New Orleans
to get the money. The lottery company's
books showed to whom the tickets were
sent, and as the clerk gave a different
name and address suspicions were aroused
and he was run down. He had burned up
the two tickets before being arrested, and
the lottery company was therefore $3,000
Of all postal employees the letter carrier
has the greatest temptation thrown in his
way. There is no one to watch him. He
goes out over his route with hundreds of
letters, and is sorting and resorting until
he can give a pretty good guess at the con
tents of each one. If he fails to deliver an
ordinary letter, who can charge him with
embezzling it There is, however, but one
course for him to pursue. He must make
up his mind to be strictly honest. If he
cannot withstand temptation he is doomed.
He may escape detection for a few weeks
or even months, but there is nothing surer
than that he will be caught in the end.
One of the most powerful weapons of the
postoffice inspector is the decoy letter. I
know that judges, lawyers and the press
have Inveighed against it, but it is never
theless the safeguard of the honest and the
terror of the dishonest employee. It trips
up more rascals in the service than all
other schem j combined. I had a rather
curious case in western New York last
year. A man in a certain town was ad
vertising a cureall, and letters came to
him from all over the country. There
were complaints of losses, and I traced the
matter up until sure that the fault lay in
the home office. It finally narrowed down
to one clerk. I sent in six decoy letters,
and four of them were gobbled. lie was a
young man and spent considerable money
around town, but none of my marked bills
turned up. lie was followed to saloons,
billiard parlors, livery stables and other
places where he paid bills, but it was no
ticed thnt he invariably paid in silver.
While trying to solve the mystery I
dropped into a place within a step of the
postoffice where an old woman sold root
beer, lemonade, sandwiches and the like.
After drinking a glass of the beer I found
I had uo change and tendered her a five
dollar bill. She gnve me four ones with
the change, and two of them had my mark
"What drink does Charles seem to
prefer?" I queried, giving her the full
name of the clerk I was after.
"Oh, root beer always!" she replied.
"He comes in often?"
"Three or four times a day. sir."
"Have you got plenty of silver for
"Why, sir, I always keep a few dollars
in silver by me. If it's in silver it can't
On the very next day I was in the place
when the clerk came in, drank a glass of
root beer and handed out a marked bill he
had taken from my last decoy letter. I had
no sympathy for him, as he had no excuse
for his dishonesty. I have seen it stated in
newspapers that where an employee who
has lots of influence behind him goes
wrong he is allowed to resign and the mat
ter is hushed up. If any such cases have
occurred I am ignoruut of them. I do not
believe they have occurred. Among the
thousands of carriers, clerks and railway
mail handlers there will always be found
some crooked people. The supervision
must be constant and critical and the pun
ishment must le prompt and severe for
reasons I have already r.amed. It is rarely
that Uncle Sam condones nn offense
against the law. I have often thought the
punishment too severe for the crime.
However, of all men who may be inclined
to dishonesty, the postal employee dis
plays the most Sxdishness. The common
thief may steal and get away. The burglar
and the highway robber run even chances,
they figure. We read every day of book
keepers, clerks and cashiers who have
been stealing for years. The postal em
ployee who goes wrong is dead certain of
quick discovery and a heavy sentence. It
is as sure to come as the sun is to rise. He
therefore lacks sense when he permits him
self to be tempted.
One more case almost my last and I
am done. For over a year I was "onto" a
clerk in a certain southern postoffice, but
he was too sharp for rue. He was a mar
ried man, had no vices and his outside and
inside standing was good. After awhile
another inspector was sent on to help me.
I was sure he had pocketed my decoy let
ters with others, but none of the money
could be traced. We watched his pay
ments to butcher, grocer, coal man, hired
help and so on, but it was all straight
mouey. He was on duty at the office a
part of the afternoon and a portion of the
night. He was watched at his work for
weeks and weeks, but not a suspicious ac
tion was seen. Letters were still going
astray, however, and I had lost fifty dol
lars in different decoy letters. If he sus
pected that he was watched ha did not be
tray the fact. One day he fell dead of heart
disease on the street and the body wac
taken home before we heard the news.
From that day no more letters were taken.
We were morally certain ha was the man,
but had no evidence, nor did we get any for
three months. Then his widow moved to
another bouse. In the process she discov
ered 466 letters in an old trunk in a store
room. Over 400 of them had money in
closed, and yet not one had been opened or
tampered with. The man had stolen them,
but I am not clear as to his action. Was it
a mania which stopped short at getting
possession, or was he sharp enough to lay
them away and bide his time? His widow
could offer no explanation of how the let
ters came to be in the trunk, nor did the
authorities hunt for any. We did not want
to blacken the dead man's character. Some
of the letters had been mailed thirteen
months previously. There were three
which be had taken only the day before his
death, but how he had managed to do it
with my eyes on him all the time I have
not been able to figure out.
"LEFT ON THE HELD."
The Keellng-a of a Man Who Was Struck
by Two Hnlleta.
I did not feel the slightest pain when
struck by two bullets at the same Instant.
We were charging forward, most of the
men hurrahing as they swept into the
cloud of smoke raised by the two Napo
leon guns, when t here came such a sensa
tion as one feels when his foot has gone to
sleep. This sensation extended to the en
tire body, and I lurched about, staggered
forward a few steps and then fell to the
ground. One bullet had entered the right
leg just below the hip the other had
smashed into the left shoulder.
I was dimly conscious of the fact that I
was down, but I could not realize that I
had been hit. It was a dreamy sensation.
The roar of battle was subdued, the shouts
of men seemed to come from miles away,
and I felt too tired to speculate on what
was happening around me. By and by I
went to sleep. I had noticed the sun just
as we moved forward. It was within half
an hour of setting. When I awoke it was
night, and the stars were twinkling bright
ly. My throat was as parched as if I had
been without drink for days, and my
tongue seemed to be a stick in my mouth.
I sat up, got hold of my canteen, which
was full of water, and drained it to the
What had happened? Away down on the
left a single gun was firing at intervals,
and here and there was a sputter of mus
ketry. I found it hard to reflect, but after
a time it slowly dawned upon me that there
had been a battle. When did I fall out of
the ranks, and why? Where was the regi
ment? Who are these men lying about on
the ground? Iet's see. Yes, this is a bat
tlefield. We were held in reserve until
midafternoon. Then the briirade was sent
to Hooker, and we formed battle line along
a ridge covered with bushes. We pushed
down the slope to a creek over the creek
to the edge of a cotton field. They got a
couple of guns to enfilade us, and we
wo Let's see. Our regiment got the
order to charge. I had just filled my can
teen. We fixed bayonets lying down. I
remember that we sprang up and rushed
forward, and I remember falling, ma I
trip or stumble?
"You, there! Are you badly hit?"
I came out of my stupor as a dream is
broken. I was sitting up, still holding my
empty canteen. The soldier who had spoken
was lying on his elbow ten feet away. He
had been shot in the knee.
"Can you crawl?"
"Yes, of course."
"Then get a canteen from one of those
dead men for me."
I made a move, and then for the first
time felt the pain of my wounds and real
ized that I was helpless. The knowledge
frightened ma, and I began to shout for
heip. The wounded man laughed at me.
1 1 is paroxysm had passed away while I was
lying in a stupor.
"Keep quiet!" he commanded as he be
gan to move himself toward me. "If you
call out that way some ghoul will come
al'injr and knock you on the head!"
My fright passtl away as he drew nearer.
There was a dead man between us. Ho
stopiwd and secured the poor fellow's can
teen, and as he finally reached me, hitch
ing along on his back by the use of one
leg, we drained It between us. I had not
recognized his voice, but I now found that
he belonged to my own company.
"How many bodies can you count?" he
asked as he tossed the empty canteen away.
"Seven, I think."
"That was a shell and we got badly dosed.
All of our company too. Can you reach
that musket? Some prowler may come
along here, and we want to be ready for
We were looking into the darkness and
listening when he began to langh. I
laughed with him. Two minutes later we
were both weeping. Then he started to
sing, and I joined in. We realised that we
laughed, cried and sang, but we could not
control ourselves. He began to tell of the
battle, but I flew mad and called him a
liar. He would have struck me, but just
then we caught sight of a ghoul silently
"Ah, you devil I'll fix you!" shouted
my comrade as he raised the musket.
The g loul ran away, and both of us
laughed heartily. Then we wept again.
AU of a sudden he began singing. His
song was "Captain Jinks," and I joined in
with great heartiness. We were singing
at the top of our voices when a party of
three or four men, having a lantern and a
stretcher, suddenly appeared. We ceased
our song, and one of the party held the
lantern down and said:
"Hard lot, eh! Well, you Yanks are a
doggone queer lot of critters anyhow! We
reckoned you all was holding a camp meet
ing down yere!" M. Quad.
Hearing Without Eardrums.
"Don't speak so loud," said a pretty
young woman to a writer, adding by way
of explanation, "I have no eardrums, you
"No; I lost them several years ago."
"From a shock or concussion?"
"Not at all. I was troubled with a
catarrhal affection, a consequence of which
was the formation of abscesses that de
stroyed the drums of my ears."
"But I did not know that a person could
hear without eardrums."
"On the contrary, I can hear consider
ably better than other people because I
hear with the exiosed auditory nerve In
stead of through the medium of the drum.
For instance, it often occurs that I will
hear a band of music coming up the
street several minutes before anybody else
"And you can bear voices batter also?"
"Decidedly. If you were to stand over
at the other end of this room and whisper
articulately I could hear what you said
without any difficulty. It is not an advan
tage, but rather distressing on occasions.
When a number of people are talking to
gether in my presence, I cannot help hear
ing what every one of them says, whereas
you would be able to confine your attention
to the remarks of one individual. When a
person speaks at all loudly it hurts me.
Asa rule, I avoid riding on horse cam, be
cause the rumble makes the tears run
down my cheeks. In one respect I think
my misfortune is an advantage, for I ixr
lieve that I enjoy music more than others
do." Washington Star.
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