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iOME SHORT STORIES FOR THE VETERANS. fUu Employed to Teaem Wi-Hoim to Stand Plre Some Not Be Taught to Igeore tbe Ka'tle of Mm ketry Grand Army Kndlajr Away. I'LL HANG MY HARP. I'll hang my harp on a -willow tree, I'll off to the wars again; Sly peaceful home has no charm for me. The battle-field no pain. The lady I love will soon he a bride WHh a. diadem on her brow;. Oh! why did she flatter my youthful pride? She's going to leave me now! She took me away from my warlike lord. And gave me a silken suit; t thought no more of coy master's sword, " When I played on my Master's lute. Sue seemed to think me a boy above Her pages of low degree; Dii! had I but loved with a boyish love. It would have been bettr for me. then I'll hide in my breast every sel fish care, I'll flush my pale cheek with wine; When smiles awake the bridal pair, I'll hasten to give thee mine. I'll laugh and I'll sing though my heart may bleed, . And I'll walk in the festive train. And, if I survive it, I'll mount my steed. And '11 off to the wars ajain. But one golden tress of knr hair 111 twine In my helmet's sable plume, And then on the fields of Palestine I'll seek an early doom. And if by the Saracen's hirsd I fall, 'Mid the nable and the brave, A tear from my lady-love Is all I ask for the warrior's grave. mere is consiaerauie uuuui as iu tut; Authorship of the above song, once tery popular, and still occasionally lung. Andrew Lang, in an amusing trticle on T. Haynes Bayley, the -song Writer, credits him with it, but in this l.e aDDcars to have made a mistake. ihe common story told a3 to its origin 3 that it was suggested by Lord El- hinstone's unfortunate attachment to t'ae Princess Victoria. Elphinstone jvho is said to have been a very hand- Mne young man of good abilities, as yired to the hand of the heiress to tbe ihrone; and report says was grievously iisappointed when after her accession the throne the queen became en Jiged to Prince Albert. Lcs d Elphin r.one went to India, where he had a brilliant career as soldier and ruler, lying unmarried in 1860. The author Itiip of the song has even been imputed k Lord Elphinstone but on no prob iDle grounds. Montreal Herald and ttar. TRAINING WAR-HORSES. The main difficulty In training a war korse is to accustom the . animal to he thunder of firearms. A horse that fan be quickly trained to the roar of tannon and musketry is an acquisition which instructors know how to appre ciate. You hear people talk glibly enough nowadays of supplying our troops in the east with plenty of re tiounts, and it's quite evident from ihe remarks they make that they inagiiie they need only tc lasso a few .housand wild horses in Texas, ship mem off to Manila and voilo! our sol- ' iters are remounted. Although most horses can be quickly trained to face the most withering fire, many are very difficult to convince that a tremendous coise is not necessarily a signal of danger, while some never can be .aught to ignore the rattle of mus cetry. Your correspondent has had the pleasure of visiting the farm of a train er of war horses, situated In the wilds of Texas. In a field adjoining the sta bles I found, ranged in a circle ready or instruction, some three dozen fine torses, including a few splendid chest Cuts. The instructor stood in the cen--er of the circle, with the horses facing tim, gave the signal to the attendants to be in readiness and fired three rhambers of a revolver ia rapid suc lession. Instantly there was a great lommotion. Most of the horses reared l.nd plunged, and it was only with the greatest difficulty that some of them were prevented from breaking away and racing madly about the field. A few, on the other hand, did nothing more than prick up their ears and toss their heads, and these were promptly taken away for test. The more restive ones, of course, were subjected to the revolver shots until they could face them unflinchingly. The second test Is much more severe. The horses are ralloped up to a supposed company of infantry, who fire simultaneously as toon as the animals have got properly mto swing. The firet vclley usually liars havee with the formation of the f dvancmg cavalry, and some of the torses rear so wildly that their riders wave considerable diificulty in keeping :heir saddle. ' In a few moments, how Fver, the charge is continued, another folley fired this tine, of course, at Rose range and the formation is once Aiore deranged. ThJs maneuver is con "inned until, familiarity having bred fontempt, the horses advance as read y in the face of mce ketry (both vol leys and "straggling" fire) as when - laced by nothing at all. They . are hen taught in precisely the same way to disregard the boom of cannon. Once '. properly trained, a horse faces the leadly fire of an enemy on the field ,if battle with an absolute fearlessness, if which man, be he brave as a lion. Is ncapable. This, however. Is only nat- uraL Tho horse has been taught to be lieve the din of battle to be qui: meaningless and without results. When in actual warfare he sees horses and men around him shattered - and life less, there is nothing to suggest to him that that same -din of battle and death are in any way connected, and the report of firearms, consequently. for him has no terrors whatever. . The whistling of bullets and the screaming of shells unknown, of course, at the maneuvers at home while Insig nificant details to the horse, are sadly full of meaning to the man, and often enough do our soldiers envy the ignor ance of the horse the "ignorance which is bliss." Philadelphia Times. GRikND ARMY FADING AWAY. Death is making sad Inroads in the ranks of 'the Grand Army of the Re public The report of the adjutant general at the recent encampment at Cleveland shows that the number lost by death during the year ending June 30,. 1901, was 8,166, and the total mem bership of the order is now placed at 269,507. This Is the smallest member ship given In any annual report since the early years of the drganWation, The death and suspension of members is partly made good by restorations to good standing and the addition of new members. But notwithstanding these the gap grows steadily wider. In ten years past the membership of the Grand Army has dropped from 398,067 to 269,507, a loss of 128,560. The annual loss in each of the seven past years is given in the following table: Loss from Member- previous ship. year. June 30, 1895 3s.7,630 34,031 June 30, 1896 340,610 17,029 June 30, 1897 219,456 21,154 June SO, 1898 305,603 13.853 June 30, 1899 ..287,981 17.622 June 30, 1900 276,662 11,219 June 30, 1901 269,507 7,055 Since 1895 the Grand Army has lost a little over 88,000 in numbers. This, however, measurer, only approximately the loss by death among the members of the order, and it does not take Into account the deaths among those who never joined th'j Grand Army. Prob ably not more than one-third of those who fought in the war have been en rolled among 'ihe boys in blue. The deaths among the latter have been in as large, if not larger, proportion, and it Is consequently within the truth to say that during the last seven years 100,000 veterans have joined the grand army in the beyond. The next seven years is likely to see still greater in roads. .The increasing age of those who remain and their growing Infirmi ties must make great gaps in the Grand Army membership, and' among the unenrolled veterans. The fading of the army is steady and sure, and soon only a remnant of those .. who fought to save the union will be left to tell the story. AHE11ICAS HERO WORSHIP. Perhaps the hero is no mean idol for worship, but we Americans are apt to carry the thing too far. While I be lieve in giving the hero all praise and honor duo him, yet when a man has only dono his duty only done what was In his power to do and what wag expected of him, there is no reason why he should be worshiped at all. In behalf of the heroes of our army and navy, perhaps It would be well to take a little oL' the praise from the officers, who are well paid for their services and suffer little of privation, and give it to "the men behind the guns," es pecially those who could make no greater sacrifice than to lay down their lives for their country's sake. How much prcise and honor is given to those men on our battleships who, dur ing the iilory of the battle, toil with out ceasiag at the hot furnaces below, without even knowing the turn of the battle, and who are in the most im mediate danger of their lives, should the vessel be destroyed by torpedoes or meet disaster in any other way? Some of the heroes of old and some modern ones, who suffered undue pri vations and succeeded where it seem ed impossible, well deserve the name of hero, but in a great many cases to day, heroism has almost become a profession. Some are so well paid In honor and money for one good achieve ment that they feel their cup of glory Is full and they need never try to ac complish another. In some instances thousands of dollars have been spent to bestow honors where they were not even appreciated. After all, true hero ism ltss not In what end is reached or aim accomplished, but in what sacri fice is made to reach that end or ac complish that aim. Mrs. L. A. Shrin er, of Newberne, N. C, In Pennsylva nia Grit. Grant's Horsemanship. General Grant's strong point was horsemanship when he was a cadet at West Point and the ringmaster, wheth er seriously or as a joke, determined to "take down" the young cadet. At the cavalry exercise Grant was mounted on a powerful but vicious brute that the cadets fought shy of, and was put at leaping the bar. Tbe bar was raised higher and hizher as he came around the ring till it passed the "record." The stubborn rider would not eay enough, but the stubborn horse was disposed to shy and refined to leap. Grant gritted his teeth and spurred at It, but just as the horse gathered for the spring his swelling body burst the girth and rider and saddle tumbled into the ring. Half stunned, he gath ered himself up from the dust only to hear the strident, cynical voice of the riding-master calling out: "Cadet Grant, six demerits for dismounting without leave!" If fools went not to market, bad wares would not be sold. 'BUFFALO" JONES. ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE FIGURES IN THE WEST. Gained a National Sepntatlon as a Buf falo - Harder-rPromln.nl la Political Life First ' a Republican, Tbea a Populist. (Special Letter.) 'Buffalo" Jones i3 dead. The great est friend the dumb brutes ever had has left them and in a few years the name of C. J. Jones will be forgotten. He was one of the most unique charac ters in Kansas, the "home of great men and freaks." "Buffalo" Jones was known from one end of the coun try to the other, and a complete story of his life would outrival any book of fiction yet published. Early In his youth he cultivated a benign feeling for dumb brutes, and his sympathy was not without its reward, for his animal friends seemed to understand his affection for them and eagerly re sponded to it. He domesticated a number of buffalo, using them for ag ricultural purposes and demonstrating that they had utility other than that found in their pelts. His appeals for the dumb race, however, were in vain, and he lived to see the great family pass away under his very eyes. A Unique Career. C. J. - Jones was born in Tazewell county. 111., and was 71 years old. He received a first-class education in the Illinois State Normal school and for a time was a student in Wesleyan uni versity. After leaving school he went to Kansas, settling in Troy, at that time one of the oldest communities in the state. He lived quietly here for a time, then became restless and with a crowd of speculators started for west ern Kansas. They located at Garden City, and in one night a town of 2,000 inhabitants sprung up. Jones was chief boomer. He built a business block and was the first man to test the raising of crops in the desert by means of irrigation. The prefix "Buffalo' was tacked to Jones' name fifteen years ago. In the early part of 1886 he organized a buf falo hunt at Garden City in which about fifteen citizens participated. The hunt lasted five days and the hunters killed six buffalo and captured fourteen calves. The young animals were taken to Jones' farm, near Gar den City and be began the propagation of the American buffalo. He could not C. J. "BUFFALO" JONES, wait until the small herd should mul tiply and increase and secured eighty- five more - bison. These he got near Manitoba, Canada, and while en route from there to his farm in Garden City he gave exhibitions in all the princi pal cities. Buffalo meat at that time was selling for fifty cents a pound in Chicago, and Jones thought that by crossing the bison with native cattle he would have a fortune in a few years. But this enterprise proved a failure and a few years ago he sold the last of his stock to Austin Corbin. National Political Plg-nre. Jones was a delegate from Kansas to the National Republican convention of 1884, held at Chicago, and it was there that he gained a prominence which spread from ocean to ocean. He was an enthusiastic admirer of James G. Blaine and upon his arrival in Chicago had a banner made. Around the margin were painted pic tures of sheaves of wheat, shocks of corn and other illustrations - setting forth the agricultural possibilities of Kansas. Within this border, in let ters of gold that could be read a block away, were these words: "Kansas! Fifty thousand for the Nominee of the Convention. Seventy-five Thousand for Blaine. Wheat and Corn for the Nation. Fall in." Perched on the top of this banner was a big live roos ter, with a streamer tied to his neck bearing these words: "Kansas crows for her loyal delegates." This was 'the banner that boosted Blaine and locked the Logan link. The day on which the great convention met, Buf falo Jones, with a howling mass of hu manity, following a band playing Hall Columbia, -marched through State street, Wabash avenue and Dearborn street carrying this banner. At the critical hour in the convention, when the third ballot indicated that the next would nominate the man from Maine, Jones, who had attached to his banner pictures of Blaine and Logan, marched down the aisle of the convention hall, creating the wl'dest excitement and en thusiasm. This demonstration not only made Blaine's nomination certain, but it sealed the fate of a number of vice presidential candidates and gave the honor to General Logan. Five years ago "Buffalo" surprised his friends by renouncing Republican Ism and joining the Populist party. He was as enthusiastic in his support of Populistic principles as he was when he marched through the streets of Chi cago carrying the Blaine banner. Dur ing the latter years of his -life he had lived quietly at his home near Topeka and had not figured very prominently in public life. ... PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S PRIVATE CAR. A Kational Kelie Which Is Past Going; . , - to Rain.- . . In the switch yards of the Union Pacific railway at Omaha, standing in the open air and rapidly going to de cay, js Lincoln's private car, a national relic, which, says the Illustrated Rec ord, should have been preserved for all time. On the- contrary it is all but forgotten and gets no more notice than the junk of the railroad scrap pile. The old relic is 42 feet long and 84 feet wide. It was built at the Unit ed States military car shops at Alex andria, Va., during the latter part of the war and was used by the emanci pator on his visits to many points dur ing the troubled-filled times of the civ ic strife. No one to look at the bat tered old hulk now would recognize in it what was the marvel of elegance among early railroad equipment. Originally there was but one en trance to the car, a door in the cor ner of one end on one side. Entrance to the then separate rooms was had from this passageway. The rear room was larger than the others, and was used by President Lincoln . for an ot-. flee and study, and also as a1 reception room, in which he received - the ' gen erals of the army. It Is safe to say that in this compartment Mr. Lincoln hastily wrote' the notes for his famous speech at the field of Gettysburg. 'At any rate, the President occupied the coach on his trip to Gettysburg on that occasion. The old, battered and ill-looking hulk also carried President Lincoln's remains from "Washington to Spring field, III. It was in this car that the body lay during that memorable jour ney which lasted from "April 21 to May 3, 1S65. For some time after this the car was placed in service and was used as a directors' car, but its great weight caused by tbe armor plate, with which it was protected, made it objectionable and it was removed to a shed in th yards at Omaha. There it stood foi years, but, one by one, the board! of the covering place vanished and to day, as above stated, the car is ex posed to all sorts of weather. There was talk in 1898 of inaugurat ing a movement among the colored population of the United States witt a view of securing funds with which to purchase the car, restore It and tc provide for it a suitable building in Washington, where it might be pre served. Nothing, however, came of th idea. - Cn Not Starve in Turkey. No government, however, . corrupt selfish, venal, extravagant, and exact ing, can bring a population to starva tion in a land like Turkey. Grape vines run all over the houses. The Turkish vineyards are incomparable The poor Turk takes little trouble about his agricultural implements. His plow is much like that which Noah must have used, for it is simply a long piece of wood, with a yoke of oxen at one end of it and a single handle at the other. With this the rayah just scratches the soil. The crops are usu ally magnificent, but the waste is Im mense. Thousands of sheep flourish on the vast pasture lands of the wide valleys in Turkey. Yet the people dc not eat voraciously of animal food. They only need a little lamb or mutton to shred into fragments, that they may stew it with rice Into the delicious dish called "pilaff." The Turks relish their glorious watermelons. They can contentedly, live as approximate vege tarians. No nation is at so little ex pense for dietetic commodities. Reminder of the War of 1818. For 6ix miles through the forest in Hancock and Wood counties, Ohio, may be seen a wide swath through the tree tops, the once open space being grown thick with smaller timber. It tells the story of Gen. Hull and the army that blazed its way north to Fort Meigs in the war of 1812. On several farms near Find lay are still found sec tions df the old corduroy roadway built of the tree trunks that were felled to gain a passage for the army. The logs are well preserved and are found from two to five feet under the solL It was at the close of that memorable campaign that CoL Findlay camped on the south side of Blanchard's Fork of the Auglaize and established the old stockade .fort named after him. Fort Findlay. The Pillar af Pinnace. "Yes, sir, remarked the village gro cer, "that is Mr. Jefferson Whimpers. He's one of the solldest and reliablest citizens we've got here In Hulloholoo He's filled more positions of trust and responsibility than any ten men we've got." "Ah," replied the spice ' drum mer, "you elect him for your treas urer, I presume." "Well, no; but that man acta as stakeholder in 99 per cent of the bets made in. this whole county." Jud. A Co-operative Railroad.' What is said to be the first co-operative railroad is now being operated 12Q miles between Muncie and Brazil. Ind. The company is the Chicago tb South eastern, which, after a checkered career, found it could not pay the money due Its employes, and ao turned the whole property over to the em ployes to run themselves ' until they got their rxraey. -" ''" -- - Fond of k the Weed The effect of tobacco smoking upon the intellect has been exhaustively discussed by physicians and others, and the position taken by some that it Is absurd to allege that smoking is stupefying to the faculties seems to be fortified by a mass' of evidence, and in this connection it may not be amiss to consider some admittedly great literary minds. Goethe hated tobacco, and Heinrich Heine shared the same dis like. Balzac. Victor Hugo and Dumas did not smoke, but Alfred de Musset, Eugene Sue. Mme. "George Sand," Merimee and Paul de Saint Victor were ardent users of the weed. Spen cer In the Fairy Queen calls It "divine tobacco." William Lilly. Queen Eliza beth's court poet, speaks of the "holy herb Nicotian;" Byron's name for .it is "sublime tobacco;" Thackeray sings "Meanwhile I will smoke every can ister and tipple my ale in the shade." Thomas Bailey Aldrich says, "I lounge and blow white rings of smoke." James Russell, Lowell had written an ode of thanks to Charles Eliot Nor ton "for certain cigars," and calls it "tobacco, sacred herb." Charles Lamb was willing "for thy sake. Tobacco, I would do anything but die." Delight ful Charles Kingsley's eulogium of -smoking is well known and has been largely quoted. Tom Hood of the "Song of the Shirt," says: "Some sigh for this or that, my wishes don't go far. The world may wag at will. 3a I have my cigar." Lord Tennyson was an inveterate smoker and so was Thomas Carlyle. The story of Tenny son calling on Carlyle one evening and sitting in solemn silence smoking for hours is well known. "Man Alfred," said Carlyle, as he showed the peet laureate out. "we have ha'en a graund nicht. Come back again soon." Car lyle, like Tennyson, did not care for a cigar, but kept a pipe in his mouth most of his waking Hours, and Thack eray, like Burns, loved to get away by himself and enjoy the flavor of a rank pipe. James Payn, the novelist, can not remember the time when he did The undertaker nodded in friendly manner. "You look healthy enough," he said. "I am healthy," laughed the caller. "Ah!" said he. "Then you didn't come to pick out a coffin for yourself?" "Hardly," was the startled reply-. "Do people come here for that purpose?" "Lots of 'em," said he. "A good many more people pick out their own coffins now than when I first started in business. Then it was a novelty for a man to come in and ask to be shown a comfortable coffin that would fit him, but now such requests are common. Often people in seemingly good health undertake such a -quest. They seem to regard the selection of a casket of equal importance to the making of a will, and do not deem it advisable to wait until sickness comes before making preparations for the in evitable. I have on my book now no fewer than two score commissions to provide prospective customers with a certain style of coffin whenever it may be needed. These coffins are always chosen with, strict attention to detail ! Select Their Own Coffins Some Such Customers Drive a Very !; ' Close Barga'n. Draining the Zuyder Zee DUTCH GOVERNMENT POSTPONES CARRYING OUT OF GREAT PROJECT The new ministry of the Netherlands has withdrawn from the States General the project for draining the Zuyder Zee on the ground that the present con dition of the Dutch budget renders the undertaking undesirable for the pres ent. The enterprise ha3 been discussed for a long time and it seemed about to enter an active stage. A -commission made an elaborate investigation of the project, indorsed its practica bility and declared that it would be advantageous to the country thus to add 750 square miles to the agricultur al area of Holland. A bill was ac cordingly Introduced into the Second Chamber of the States General author izing the beginning of the work. Thus the scheme came within the sphere of practical politics,. Unfortunately, it reached this stage about the time that the ministerial crisis began which re sulted in the resignation of the cab inet,. The new government declines to assume the responsibility for the large expense involved, and therefore the project is indefinitely shelved. It was estimated that the entire expense The Girls of Umeriek. - If asked "Where are the prettiest girls in the world?" I will immedi ately reply, in Limerick, Ireland. There Js a freshness of face, lustrousness of eyes, healthfulness of color and com plexion about the Limerick girls, en masse.- that carry off the sweepstakes trophy. The girls of Cork and of the lakes in fact, of the country all the way down from Dublin are somewhat oi the Limerick order. In form they constitute a happy medium between the rotund English maids across one channel and the sylph-like Parisian demoiselles beyond the other. But 1 Men evnd Women Who Were Par tial to Tobacco. not smoke. Mark Twain at the age of 30 used to smoke 300 cigars a month. -George Augusta Sala bears emphatic testimony in favor of smoking. "The allegation." he says, "as to smoking stupefying a man's faculties, or blunt ing his energy, I take to be mainly nonsense." Oliver Wendell Holmes says of the meerschaum pipe: - "He who lahales its vapors takes a thou sand whiffs in a single breath; and one cannot touch it without awakening the old joys that hang around it, as, the smell of flowers clings to the dresses of the daughters of the house of Farina." It has been said that James Russell Lowell used a number of ordinary pipes in succession and lay each aside after it had been fairly well smoked down. Later he would gather the "dottels," or, as some smokers call them, the "heels," from some half dozen of these pipes and cram them into an enormous tube and have a "real smoke," as he expressed It, An other distinguished Harvard professor once "swore off" for six months and kept strictly to his self-imposed obli gation. He remarked, at the end of the time, when he resumed smoking, that his appetite had been good, he had slept well and his health generally had not suffered, "but," he said, "I lost six months of happiness," and ever afterwards he smoked like a chimney. Pog-arty's New Home. When Walter McElroy i3 not acting as solo tenor of the Garden City Cathedral he is an engineer in charge of a couple of hundred laborers on Long Island. The other day he over heard a conversation between a couple of them: "Say, Paddjr. d'ye think that Fogarty wint to heaven when he died last week?" "Arrah, no Mike," was the reply, "he was too wicked a man for that. To my way o' thinkln he wint to the place where you light your pipe with your finger." New York Times. in material and trimming, and some, of the future occupants drive a pretty close bargain for their last house. This haggling seems fearfully bad form In persons who will be all over and done for when the commodity. in question is brought into requisition, and one cannot help but wonder why they don't wait and let their survivors attend to the scrapping. But not all the people the purchase of whose cof fins is personally conducted come to me. Occasionally I go to them, and I am no longer surprised to receive a summons to bring my samples to in valids who are unable to leave the house but are unwilling to trust the final disposition of their bodies to their friends. There are some who go a step beyond the selection of a cof fin who buy it outright and store It away in their own home. Am a rule all ' these ultra-particular people are willing to trust to the honesty of the undertaker, and the fraternity honors tbe confidence by fulfilling to the minutest detail their ante-mortem in structions." New York Press. would be 57,000,000 florins. A dike was to be built across the entrance to the Zuyder Zee which would effectually bar out the North Sea. It was not expect ed to reclaim the whole of the lake, would still remain. But the Zuyder Zee would cease to be an arm of the North, for 560 square miles of water surface Sea. The water courses now draining Into the Zuyder Zee would continue to empty into the remaining part of It; as a canal would be dug for the escape of these waters, the remaining lake would gradually be changed from salt to fresh water. It was expected that about a third of a century would be required to carry out the whole im provement, the money for which was to be raised by a loan and paid on, principal and interest, in sixty years or less. The enormous advantage of the improvement . to Holland Is ad mitted by all writers; still, as tie fi nancial burden would be large, the present ministry has decided not To saddle this debt upon the country at a time when its political affairs are somewhat unsettled. the Limerick face is the perfection of female, beauty a human ceramic with out a blemish. The Limerick girl la also the highest example of exquisite with and ingenuousness an extraor dinary assimilation, to be sure. In other words, while she Is not Insensi ble of her sparkle of words she seems like one who has never looked fre quently into a mirror. She has regu lar and sometimes very pretty teeth, and if her nose Is often Inclined to retrousse and there is an "Irish expres sion of mouth," these but add piquan cy to her other beautiful featxirea. San Francisco Argonaut.