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GEN. JAS. A. WALKER,
Of Wythe County.
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 8, 1S98.
ONE OF THE FINEST ORGANIZERS.
The State Democratic Committee met
at Richmond last Thursday night to form
its plans for conducting the election in
Virginia this fall. Senator Martin was
theie to give the committee the benefit of
his superior knowledge as an organizer.
A reporter of the "Dispatch" says, in the
Saturday morning issue of that paper:
"Conversation with Democrats from all
sections of the State who wore about the
hotels yesterday after having attended
the session cf the State Committee Thurs?
day night revealed the fact that interest
in the Senatorial contest of next year is
nearlv as great as that felt in the Congress?
ional contests this fall.
Senator Martin went home yesterday
morning, but he discussed the future with
numerous friends before going, and said
he would be back here shortly. He ex?
pressed no fear as to the outcome of his
campaign for re-election to the Senate.
But be expressed his realization of the ne?
cessity of having his forces well organ
ized.and impressed the same on his friends.
The Senator is one of the finest organ?
izers in Virginia, and no man in the State
more clearly realizes its essentiality;"
So Martin was at Richmond when the
Committee met to organize his machine.
How has he organized and run it hereto?
fore ? Last week we published an extract
from the South Boston News, published at
South Boston, Halifax county. We re?
produce the extract which is as fo'lows :
"General Fitzhugh Lee has authorized
the announcement that he will be a candi?
date for a seat in the United States Senate
to succeed Hon. Tom Martin.
"It will be remembered that General
Lee, then, as now, a great favorite with
the people, was defeated by Martin in
1S93, by such methods as were calculated
to bring a blush of shame to the cheek ol
every true citizen of the Old Dominion.
"To accomplish the election of Martin it
is alleeed that $18,000 of railroad money
was expended to mould a Legislature to do
the bidding of a few political blatherskites
and n ire pullers instead of tarrying out
the wishes of the people. There was such
an outburst of popular indignation that an
investigation was necessary to be ordered,
?which investigation was only remarkable
for the rare hocus pocus, slight of hand,
legerdemain "dime museum performances
which characterized the proceedings of the
This tells how Martin does his organiz?
ing and bow his machine works. It is a
Democratic testimony not Republican that
condemns the man and bis methods. He
is at the head of the machine and it is bis
purpose to operate it so as to secure, if
possible, a solid Democratic representation
from Virginia in the next Congress. It is
his further purpose to use the machine to
eecure his return to the Senate?to employ
euch "methods as are calculated to bring
a blush of shame to the cheek of every
true citizen of the Old Dominion." We
may well exclfim, however, Oh shame!
where is thy blush ?
The great bu'k of the Democratic pprty
in Virginia is disgusted with the Martin
machine rule, but they haven't the cour?
age to fight it as they should. It domin?
ates and controls the organization and
honest men bow to its orders, because it is
the Democratic party.
ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN?
If not, why not? Is your hostility to
Republicanism based upon a logical reason,
or is it occasioned by prejudice? It is to
be presumed that every intelligent citizen
is patriotic enough to wish to aid by his
suffrage the advancement of the general
public good; and all party organizations
should be formed for that purpose. This
being true, it is the duty of every honest
American citizen to give an intelligent
consideration to the principles and policies
of the political parties that ask the support
of the people and contend for the control
of our government. The man who studies
only one side of any cpiestion can never
hold anything but a biased view on that
It is also the duty of every citizen to
study carefully the results that have fol?
lowed the practical application and opera?
tion of the policies of the leading political
parties. In this way each individual can
determine intelligently and honestly for
himself what is the best policy and which
is the safest party to administer the affairs
of our government.
The history, the policies and record of
the Republican party have been such as to
commend it to the people. In the brief
space of thirty years it has accomplished
more for the common good than any party
that ever existed in any land. It has
shown itself patriotic in its determined
purpose to preserve and perpetuate the
Union, and successful efforts to extend the!
sphere of our national influence. I nder
Republican control the United .States has
become a recognized tirst-class power in
the world and its influence in shaping the
pol'Ctes of nations wonderfully enlarged.
The domestic poUcy of the Republican
party has been more enlightened and suc?
cessful even than its foreign policy.
Its financial and economic systems have
l>een of such a character as to relieve the
nation of an enormous burden of debt and
create wealth for the people with astound?
ing rapidity. While the Republican party
was in power all classes of business were
given a wonderful advancement. We be?
came the greatest agricultural and manu?
facturing nation on the earth. Partisans
may curse and abuse the Republican party,
but people who use their common sense
must admit that the party has done noth?
ing to retard the general welfare, but upon
the contrary has done more than all other
parties combined to make our nation great,
prosperous and happy.
Are you a Republican? If not, why not?
If you are an honest man, and will give
your position and views a careful study
you will find that your hostility to the Re?
publican party is the outgrowth of preju?
dice or the result of partisan treming.
?--4 ? fr>
It has been the policy of the supporters
of Judge Rhea to create, if possible, the
impression that there was considerable
discord in the Republican party in the
Ninth District. They ha> e even asserted
that a number of Republicans would vote
for Rhea. Those who are informed in
both parties Know that such claims are not
true. What can be the object of the ma?
chine in its efforts to make a false impres?
sion as to the eolidity of the Republican
party in this district? It may be that
these reports are circulated for the pur?
pose of impressing the public with the be?
lief that Rhea is a man of such wonderful
personal charms that even Republicans
cannot resist the temptation to vote for
him. Or it may be done to divert atten?
tion from the fact that in the ranks of the
Democracy there is no little amount of
dis-sension?the outcome of Rhea's infidel?
ity to his own party nominees and his
double dealing with the two Democratic
factions in Washington county. Rut the
most potent reason for making these ab?
surd claims that many Republicans wi'l
support Rhea is thought by many to be a
scheme for w'.de-spread fraud in the con?
ing election. In other words, that a claim
will now be made that there has been a
great change ;n public sentiment so that
the machine will be able to perpetrate
frauds and then claim that Rhea's election
is the result of a change of sentiment among
i The assertion by Judge Rhea aud his
supporters that there is any disposition
among Republicans to vote for him is with?
out foundation in fact. There has never
, been a time since the Republican party
, was organized in the Ninth District that it
i was more united. Here and there an in
' dividual, claiming to be a Republican, is
1 kickmg because he did not get the office
he wanted or becnuse he has not been
j able to direct the entire party policy. We
assert without fear of contradiction, that if
1 a man who voted for McKinley and Wal?
ker in 1S96 is now found out of line he is a
disappointed office-seeker and his opposi?
tion to Gen. Walker is based on purely
personal reasons. There are only a few of
this character, who are always found mak?
ing themselves conspicuous after patronage
has been dispensed by a Congressman.
Th? great mass of the Republican voters
of the Ninth District are standing together.
They are more deeply wedded to Republi?
can principles than they were in 1890.
For every so-cal'ed Republican who votes
for Rhea there will be two who voted
against Walker in 1S96 that will support
him in this contest.
Socia of the yellow journals and a num?
ber of partisan politicians have been en?
deavoring to find something in the con?
duct of the war with Spain that would
bring reproach upon the McKinley ad?
ministration. They have started and cir
cu'ated with ghoulish delight the stories
about the sufferings of our soldiers, and
by exagerated accounts sought to awaken
popular indignation. We publish in
another column the statement of General
Wheeler which should silence the charges
of the yellow jor-na's and partisans.
If Judge Khea said nothing offensive
about the old Confederate he can settle the
matter by getting a statement from Gen.
Payne. If he said nothing that was offen?
sive, whence the rumor that Gen. Payne
and Judge Rhea came very near having a
pereonal difficulty, and that Judge Rhea
afterwards made an apology to General
Payne? These things were common talk
just after Gen. Lee was beaten for the Sen?
ate by Martin. A statement from Gen.
Payne that nothing of the kind occurred
would be sufficient. That is ns easy to
procure as it is for Judge Rkea to eay that
he never said a particular thing. The
question is, did Rhea say anything about
Confederates that Gen. Payne considered
offensive and that lie resented, and did
Rhea make an apology?
The Republicans of the Eighth District
held a convention at Alexandria on the
31st ult., but adjourned without nominat?
ing a candidate for Congress. They as?
signed as their reason for not placing a
candidate before the people that it was
useless to do so as they could not have a
fair election. How long will Virginia have
to submit to the disgrace of the present
election law? When will the machine be
driven from power by the honest people?
Tiik proposition of Gen. Wood to reform
Cuba by the introduction of American
school teachers is a good one. School
hor?es in every community in Cuba with
Yankee teachers to teach the children the
English language will soon Americanize
The voters of TazeweU county should
not lose the opportunity to hear Hon.
Jacob Yost speak next court day. He is
an able speaker and knows something to
With a fail election the Republicans
will carry more than half the Congressional
districts in Virginia at the approaching
A Chance for Dreyfus.
Philadelphia Press, )
The suicide of Colonel Henry, recently
head of the intelligence Department of the
French army, and one of the members of
thecouit martial that convicted Captain
Dreyfus in 1894, makes for the righting of
the wrongs in the famous, or rather infa?
mous, affair Dreyfiip. His suicide confirms
his confession that he forged one of the
documents used illegally to convict Captain
Dreyfus of the charge of treason. His con?
fession and his death will cover the mili?
tary party with confusion, and cannot but
prove a great triumph for Zola and the
cause he represents.
That the conspirator who had hoped
their ciiminal and illegal convictien of an
innocent offender would forever remain a
"thing judged," a "closed case," and
forced by the activity of the friends of
Dreyfus into such uncomfortable quarters
that in death alone is there peace is a great
tribute to the power of a righteous cause.
Foj there is no pub'ic sentiment in France
in favor of Dreyfus. Everything is bister
ically for the army. All legal rights may
be denied any one, but the army forever!
On July 7, for instance, Cavaignac, the
the minister of war. received a tremendu
ous ovation in the chamber of deputies
when he made what was considered the
"final statement of the case, reaffirming
the justice of the conviction of Dreyfus.
In fact, so enthusiastic were the members
over this vindication of the army and its
methods that they voted 572 to 2 to pub?
lish and placsrd Cavaignac's address
throughout the length and breadth of
France. Fven at the height of their vic?
tory trie military party, however, stood on
slippery ground, for among the papers that
were held to incriminate Dreyfus was the
one Colonel Henry now confesses he
At the time Cavaignac read the letter in
the chamber it was pronounced a forgery
by the friends of Dreyfus and yet it was
declared by the military party to be the
chief documentary confirmation of their
suspicion* that Dreyfus was a traitor. The
letter written in 189(> is ns follows:
"I have read that a deputy is going to
make an interpellation on Dreyfus. If?.
I shall say that never have I had any rela?
tions with this Jew. That is understood.
If you are asked say the same, for nobody
must ever know what dpi occurred with
This letter wr~- supposed to have been
written by Colonel Schwarzkoppen, the
German military attache in Pari?, to Colo
Panizzardi, the Italian military attache.
Colonel Picquart declared it to be a forgery
and now that it it is admitted to be Buch
the openiug of the Dreyfus case seems to
be a matter that cannot be evaded unless
France is to give herself up to a dishonest
and tyrannous military dictatorship. For
the situation has reached a crisis in spite
of all efforts to head it off. The retire?
ment of Esterhazy and the resignation of
General Boisdeffre show that the military
party has lost its boldness. Acknowledg?
ing, as they did, that they did not convict
Dreyfus on the strength of the first "bor?
dereau" (memorandum of military notes)
but on certain secret documents which his
counsel never saw, these documents, now
completely discredited, put a new face on
affairs. Unless, therefore, the French are
clean daft and refuse to deal justly, the
prisoner on the "He du Diable," off the
Guiana coast, should hear good news.
What the French will do is not certain.
Their capacity for injustice in the interest
of military glory is about equal to their in?
ability to live up to the motto of the pub?
lic and secure liberty, equality and frater?
nity, and the only thing that is certain is
that there are "breakers ahead."
Expansion as a Moral Duty.
Simon e. Baldwin, President Social Science Asso?
ciation. Saratoga, n. y.i -
We have been educating ourselves into
new beliefs. We are possessed by them.
We believe that our country is not meas?
ured by the breadth of the continent. We
believe that the islands that fringe its
coasts and those remoter still, which in un?
friendly hands might threaten its security,
may rightfully, as occasion offers, be in?
corporated into the United States. We
I beiieve that our people have duties of hu
j manity toward other people?duties that
may justify a war to free them, by the
fctrong hand, from bad or cruel govern?
ment. We believe that the United States
is something more and greater than the
States which are united under the flag, and
that the American people may acquire and
hold territory anywhere upon the globe
which is needed to serve their navy or pro?
mote their commerce.
Are we the better, morally, for these be?
liefs? Do they make us more regardful of
the rights of others, more charitable in our
construction of others' conduct, more
heedful of orr own?
"In Time of Peace Prepare for War."
Cincinnati Enquirer, Dem 1
It may be regarded as fortunate that the
war is over before the country found out
that in the haste of preparation there has
never been the proper facilities for taking
care of the troops. "In time of peace pre?
pare for war" is a saying which has been
tremenduously emphasized by the affair
between the United States and Spain.
There iB a considerable extent to which war
preparations can be made without viola?
tion of the time-honored precepts against
the maintenance of a large standing army.
The American objection to a large standing
army is opposition to a military establish?
ment that means constant invitation to
GAMP THOMAS REPORT.
General Boynton Says Conditions There
SICK PARTICULARLY WELL CARED
No Neglect on the Part of Government
Authorities?Complaints in Papers
Believed to Be Due to Desire to
Quit the Service.
Washington, August SI.?Secretary
Alger to-ilay received the report of Gene?
ral H. V. Boynton upon the state of af?
fairs in the hospitals at Camp Thomas.
The re|>ort is dated August 29th.
The General says that his instructions
were to report the number of sick, the
character of their il'neSB, the number of
tents, the floor space per patient, the ade
quacy and suitability of attendants, and
whether the medical officers have dis?
charged their duties faithfully and with
intelligence, and to make any recommen?
dation in the interest of all concerned.
He says that he visited all the hospitals in
the camp without giving notice of his pur?
pose. Says General Boynton :
"Believ-igthe deathdist of this camp
to afford an excellent standard by which
to measure its conditions : s to health and
hospital service, a full report w:>s obtained
of all deaths in the camp and in its hospi
tr's since its establishment, the middle of
April last. The result shows a total death
''st of 189 up to the 22nd of this month,
when the breaking up of this camp began.
Between these dates, including regulars
and volunteers, fully 75,0U0 troops have
been in camp in Ch'ckamauga Park."
The report takes up in detail, first, the
two permanent hospitals, loiter and
Sternberg, and states with the greatest
minuteness the exact accommodation af?
forded by each. The first is at Crawfish
Springs, under charge of Major Carter,
and wn converted from a large summer
resort hotel into a hospital, receiving the
worse typhoid cases from the camp. Each
patient has abundant room, woven-wire
and hair mattresses, and abundant bed
clothing. The ventilation is perfect, the
plumbing entirely new, and the bathing
facilities ample. The number of attend?
ants, when all are well, is entirely satis?
factory, and attendants are on the way to
take the places of those who are broken
All necessary delicacies.
Major Carter has secured a herd of
cows, and has made arrangements for
pasturing them without expesse to the
government. He hps sufficient money
from the hospital fund to buy whatever is
wanted in the way of milk, ice, and other
delicacies. There has been at this hos?
pital full supplies of ice, milk, commissary
etores, and delicacies such as the sick
ought to have. The entire hupital is fur?
nished with distilled water, and the ice
used is made from distilled water.
The sewerage of the hospital is exctl
lent, and contrary to persistent assertions,
none of the sewage has ever drained into
the Chickaniauga river or approached it at
Major Carter has a corps of doctors
which he regards as amply sufficient to
care for all the patients in the hospitals,
and leports them as faithful and efficient
in the performance of their duties.
Taking up the Sternberg hospital, in
charge of Major Giffen, General Boynton
shows that it is one of the most complete
field hospitals ever seen, according to vet?
erans of the last war. All the tents are
closely lloored, and they are separated.
At present, only four men are in any one
tent, and in addition to the tents, there
are nine large board pavilions. Every
tent and pavilion has woven-wire mat?
tresses, iron bedsteads,and ha;r mattresses.
There are special diet cooks, fou* cold
storage rooms for delicacies, and separate
refrigerators for each row of tents, and
every proper meaoc e of sanitation is ob
tarved with respect to the ei-iks. Fur?
ther, the report says :
"The whole place is most carefully
policed daily, and the whole establish?
ment, within and without its permanent
buildings end its tents, is in the most per?
everything ASKED kok obtained.
"Since the establishment of this hos?
pital, everything asked for in the way of
supplies of every kind Ins been promptly
furnished. Sixteen barrels of distilled
water are purchased daily, and patients
get nothing but distilled water to drink.
From three to five tons of ice are used
daily. .Three hundred gallons of milk are
purchased daily, and 150 gallons furnished
by the Red Cross Society.
"All money necessary for the purchase
of delicacies of every kind eo'table to the
sick has been furnished by order of Gen?
eral Sternberg. A careful inquiry devel?
oped the fact that a'l varieties of medical
supplies required or asked for were fur?
nished, both from Wrashington and from !
medical headquarters at the camp, with
the greatest promptness."
It is stated in addition that all the hos?
pital refuse is burned in a crematory, and |
according to Major Gifl'en,almost all of the
patients now sick in the entire camp could ,
be safely moved now. The diseases are ,
more of a typho-malarial chat acter, than ,
typhoid-fever strictly, the death rate be- j
ing very low?only about 8 per cent, of (
the worse cases.
The First Division field hospital, in
charge of Major Drake, is floored with
planed lumber, and is as clean as is pos- (
Bible, being scrubbed with carbolic acid j
and treated with bichloride of mercury
every other day.
All the patients are on cots, and never ^
have been on the ground for any length of t
time. None of the GO cents allowance
per man for delicacies has been used, as j
it was not needed. ^
The report states that in times when the a
hospital was crowded there was a lack of
nurses, the deficiency being supplied by c
details from the regiments, which were j,
not as satisfactory as trained nurses. ^
rOECELAIN-LINED BATHS. a
General Boynton shows full refrigerator a
capacity in this hospital, porcelain-lined ei
baths, sterilized and iced-water, and every tl
convenience. In the malignant typhoid p
that are not very robust need a
waroung, building and fat-forming
food?something to be used for two
or three months in the fall?that
they may not suffer from cold.
of Cod-Liver Oil with Hypophos
phites of Lime and Soda supplies
exactly what they want. They
will th/ive, grow strong and be
well all winter on this splendid food
tonic Nearly all of them become
very fond of it. For adults who
are not very strong, a
course of treatment with
the Emulsion for a couple
of months in the fall will
put them through the
winter in first-class con?
dition. Ask your doctor
Be sure you get SCOTT'S Emulsion. See thai the
Bun and tish are un the wrapper.
All druggists ; 50c. and $1.00.
SCOTT & BOWNE, Chemists, New York.
ward there have Ixen but two deaths out
of thirty cases in thiee weeks. He save
that both tiie medical officers and tl e
hospital attendants at this hospital have
undoubtedly performed their duty with
energy and efficiency, and that the best
test of all tb's in the fact that so many of
them have thoroughly exhausted them?
selves and fallen Fick.
The next hospital inspected was the
Third Division Hospital. First Corps, in
charge of Major Thomas Clark. Here the
attendants were found sufficient, though
in the earlier days there were not enough
surgeons or attendants. The grounds
were in excellent condition, the tents
clean, most of the tents floored, and a'l
floored between the cots and the aisles.
Taking up the last of the field hospitals,
that of the Third ('orps, Second Division,
under Major Smith, the report states that
the fifty-three tents are not all occupied,
though during the epidemic of messles
they were crowded.
Leaving the details about the hospitals,
the report proceeds to treat the whole sub?
ject generally as follows :
ORIGIN OF SENSATIONS.
"In two of the hospita's opportunities
occmred for the discovery of what un?
doubtedly originated many of the sensa?
tional stories wh'ch have been printed
over the country, to the effect that pa?
tients im the hospitals lacked sufficient
food, and in many cases had been on the
verge of starvation. In the wards where
the convalescent typhoid-fever patients
were found, many of the men were con?
stantly ask'ng for food, and r a matter of
covse were as constantly denied every?
thing except the lighter forms of food,
which could safely he administered to re?
covering typhoid convalescents. This re?
fusal of food, it is perfectly understood,
saves the lives of the convalescents. Vet
it hat been distorted and spread through
the country that patients were being
starved in the governments hospitals.
There has been no lack of proper food in
these hospitals, and competent cooks for
preparing it have been present, and the
only re;;son for depriving the patients of
what so many of Lhem have clamored for,
h:'s been the necessity of such dieting as
the disease demands.
"I am constrrned to believe that there
lias been no neglect on the part of eitl er |
the medicai or ihe quartermaster's de?
partment to furnish such supplies as |
should have reached the camp.
INCONVKNIBNCE8 A1' Tl M KB.
"Undoubtedly there have been serious
inconveniences, and at times the greatest
crowding, lack of coveniences, and full
attendance, which go to make up that
painful condition of affo'rs which, a every
veteran know., are inseperuble from the
field hospitals of fcfeat armies, even when
all concerned exert themselves to Beet're
the comfort of the patients. These ate
conditions which in time of rapid increase
ofdieerse?ft condition which h<?" reached
at this camp solely, in my judgment, from
the tilth which too many of the regimental
officers allowed to dominate their camps,
in spite of orders wb'ch would have pre?
vented all this trouble, from the Burgeon
general and from the commanding ofliceis
of this camp?create a situation which
cannot be immediately ameliorated.
"It is my observation that medical of
ficers have not been negligent. I be ieve
that these officers and tiie hospital at?
taches have discharged their duties faith
fu'ly. It, would seem as if this were sulli
ciently show j by the fact that they have
worked unceasingly until a quarter of the
whole force has itself been stricken with
disease resulting from tbeir exhausting
REMAKES Ol- QXNERAC TERRY.
"My attention was eeper lily directed
in the order which 1 received fo some re?
marks credited to General Terry, Surgeon
General of the State of New York, in
reference to the condition of the camp of
the Eighth New York. General Terry is
reported in the New York Herald to have
said pi he was leaving the camp:
" 'Genera! Terry found the camp in a
bad sanitary condition. It is situated in
in open field, in the hot sun, with no
ivater to be found within five mi'.rs. The
water the men drink is hauled in barrels,
md is of 1a kind that in New York would
be refused as bathing water. Th:s is what
:he men drink, and is declared to be the
:hief cause of sickness.'
" 'According to General Terry the hos
lital was the most terrible sight he iiad
iver witnessed, and not in the slums of
Sew Y'ork could be found a place so filthy
ind dirty. He said he would insist on
aaving the New Y'ork regiments returned
0 New Y'ork, and had wired the Secre
ary of War his opinion of the situation.
"'If the soldiers p?-e not soon taken
rom Chicamauga Park, they will soon
bllow the twenty-four who died yestenlay,
nd nearly as many to day.
" 'The Camp Thomas hospitals are un
loan and badly located. Nourishing food
1 lacking, as we'l rs proper medical atten
ion. The food is composed of regular
rmy rations badly cooked. More than
00 patients have often been made to get
long with 150 narrow cots. They are
imply laid on 'Uters not six inches from
le ground, and few, if any, of the hos
itr! tents have plank floors.'
a disgusting canteen.
"This camp was removed to the open
held at the special request of the officers
concerned, as they were inclined to think
that their camp in the open wooils had
something to do with the increasing siek
nenH of their men. Here, it may he per?
tinent to remarK in passing, Ibis regiment
had at the time of its moving, and had
maintained, one of the filthiest and most
disgusting canteens to he found in the
entire army. From personal observation
i of this canteen, some two weeks since. 1
jam ptepared to assert that it was little
j better than serving beer to the' soldiers
I of the Eighth New York in a hog-pen.
j It is also true that the reports shew that
I since this regiment moved, its health con?
dition has improved. Instead of there
i being no water within live miles of this
' regiment, two of the largest and finest
springs ot cle:ir water in iliis entire coun?
try, pronounced by competent medical
and chemical authorities 1o be pure water,
ate less than two miles from their camp,
j "The Kightb New York hud been camp?
ed upon the ground where General Terry
observed it less than ten days. It was
perfectly clean ground when they occupied
j it, and had not been previously occupied
[ by any troops. If it had been transform
j ed within the hiief period by the troops
j of the Eighth New York into a place
filthier and dirtier thou can be found in
the slums of New York, it v .!! hemme the
I officers of thiit regimc-ui ;v\ tin-men to
l explain how such a: .i:iti>ru;at ion could
I have been made by them in this brief
I space of time.
j * Til!-: DEATH RATE.
"Whether General Terry means that
twenty-four died i.i Lhq camp of the
Eighth New York ?r twenty-four in the
entire camp in one day, a; d that nearly as
many would d*.e the day of his departure,
can*n!? be exactly determined by his form
jot speech, but on the day that he is
quoted as making this reuiu k, tne deaths
j in the entire army encamped here were
i seven, and the deaths in the Eighth New
York two days before his visit (being the
I last report)numbered only one, which had
been the rate for several days.
"As to the hospitals being unclean, and
there being a lack of food, and the only
food being regu'ar army rations, badly
cooked, and other similar conditions, a
sufficient answer is found in the critical
examination of the hospiU1' of the First
Division of the Third Army Corps, Gen?
eral Frank commanding, set forth above.
This hospital, in charge of Major C. M.
Drake, 'soneof the cleanest and most
complete which any veteran of the civil
war wou'd expect t<> see, ami this is the
division to which the Eighth New York
INTERVIEW'S l- VLSE
"In closing, I beg In express my opin?
ion that most of the viler vie ws with chap?
lains, regiment?' evgeou?, ami others,
botii officers and men. now appealing at
the North, i.i many i.i Use newspapers,
in regard in this camp, s.re reckless and
false, except us to the ii thy conditions
which their own criminal negligence has
caused. In my judgment, the recent in?
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the persistent assertion that the park is
unhealthy, have been largely and deliber?
ately i"-ed to stir up sentiment and in
Qnence which would he exerted to insure
their re'ie' bom service.
"Wry respecifu'ly your obedient ser
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"Brigadier-General U.S. V."
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