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THE NATIONAL -ffKIBUNE,
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rm about her, waslikosa , vise crushing her bones, his
kisses on hor cl&pk bunted and stung thb ilesh, and his
fiorco breath and wmBkcrs wore all unlike tlio gentle presence-
and modulated tones of Reginald of tho day before
" Whcro aro wo? Is this tho place? 'Aro we to stopi
hovo V she askod, as tho carringo ceased in its wild dr'lv;
msr uoiorr&n oiu. uarK casuo, mauK aua grim wiui ausu
and wdar qMgog. - -
"This4s?ortf6mo, my darling. WclcoTno to it' .
ITo liftcdTier mt on tho earth, which burned her feet
as it touched) them, and supported her trembling body to
tho entrance) ; of tho black pile, where gloomy retainors,
men in solemn, 'isooty black, opened tho gates for thoir
master, and closed them behind him with a clang not un
liko thoir own thin, jarring laugh, which tho echo sped
after Julith and curdled her blood with horror.
Thc Chief (prk read as follows:
Pl DBPWMRSfT OP TUB lKTKUIOK,
"Invalid Division, Pjrkbion Ovvigr,
" Wajhingtpn, J). C January J.9, 187S
" Sir : In reply to your ihqtnry relative to the increase of
pension claim No. 53.175 of, taimdcr Richards yoyi aro in
lormod that it awaits; a report frCm tho SurgcbnGbn6ral
as to tlio injury to hip, "ftl&tfos called upon for tho same,
December 4, 1877r , - g
"Owing to tho lack of clerical force in that office aro
port win not, in its regular, orue uc rocotvect ntyore
starch 1, 1870", when the fultTier requirements in laid cade,
it any, will he. stated.
Oh ! lam afraid, take mo home, nlease Rotrmald
"Ko, darlincN yon aro mine : you gave yourself tome.
- ITo glued his lips to her own, and embraced her iierco
ly. She raised her oyos to his and beheld not tho hand
some features of Heginald Forsyth that had lurcd hor
from home and duty, but the face of a horrible, grinning
fiend. " Arthur' sh tried to gasp, but her lips u Mer
ged not a sound, and as her thoughts flow back to her bus
jlxtnd, as she vainly tried to call upon his name to save
hor, her own peaceful home flashed boforo her eyes just
for a moment;, but long enough to see her husband, all
forgotful of her, beside a now companion, fairer and love
lier than ever she had been, with the happiness in his face
'repeated in hcr's and all their surroundings. She tried
.to wrest herself from the vise grip of her captor, but ho
seized her form and carried. it swiftly in his arms and
stopped boforo a groat yawning cleft in a roeTc.
, ''ATow darling." laughed the fiend, and flung her down
the deep, black abyss.
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' "Edith, Edith, wife. Why dinner will be cold. Come,
cliild, wake upyon wil brenk your nock if you lie this
way much longer."
"JViEdith opened her eyes and stared at her husband, and
4,libh fell ovor at him, trembling and clung to him and be-'-gan
to sob bitterly.
" Don't, darling, don't cry, "Why, have you been dreani
dng? I called you, and I thought you never wake,"
" Such a terrible dream, Arthur. Dou't put me in
ithat chair again. I want to feel your arms around mo."
" You have had a night mare, or daymare more likely.
No,wonder, this room is too warm ! Its enough to give
you a boast of a headache, as well as bad dreams. Como
.down to dinnor novor mind your dress." , .
,, Mr. "Wyld almost carried her down stairs, talking to
her tho while and chiding hor for being so nervous.
., vYgu must pat; don't bo used up by a silly dream,
pit. okl married lady like you." He tried to laugh her
out of her gloom, at which she smiled faintly back at him.
.but in he; look was pno of immenso thankfulness.
"I don't believe 'you aro quite well, Edith, you have
not been yourself for weeks. Tou had better see Dr.
Ponsonby. You aro either sick or unhappy. If I were
a jealous follow, instead of a practical one, I should say
you wcro in love with some one of tho uniforms that have
boon dangling about you for a three months. Don't mind
niy chaff, child. How silly yoiOare. Kay, if you don't
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Edith had buried her head in her hands and began to
cry again Every kind word cut her like a knife as she
thought of how narrowly she escaped being a very wick
, "Don't go out to night, Arfch," she begged. "I want
ypu in the house."
.Only for a little while, pet; they will have the Nova
ootia debate in the House to-night, and I want to hear
Sir James speak on the Surrey."
,, "Please don't go. I'm ill. Please stay."
, " Well, if you put it that way, of course I will ; but I
thought you wore getting to shift along without mo ?"
"X love you better than ever I did, Arthur," and she
kissed him with unusual vehemence. "Indeed I do;
there is no one in tho world like you."
Her husband smiled complacently in happy ignorance
of tho cause of his life's perturbed state of mind. And
Edith yei y wisely noyer told him. Silly and vapid as she
was about many things she felt that it would be a cruel,
uudeserved blow to him to know that oven in thought
she liad forgotten her allcgianco. Ho had been a kind,
good husband to her ; but his anger was of the slow,
wiuto Juncl ; lio would not easily forgive or forget her
weakness. No, she would not wound him by a loud con-
fession of her folly, her repentance must bo secret and
"Shall I ask. Forsyth and Campbell for whist on Thurs
day night, Edith?" Mr. Wyld asked his wife two days
. "So, Arfch. They have been here so often. Ask Sut
ton and young Pirie.
Sutton is such a prig, Edic, and ho always rows if ho
Ho is no more of a prig than the rest. Everybody
in Toronto has gone daft over those soldiers. I wish some
accident would call Her Majesty's Laueers back to their
regiment, " F. I. D. '
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"G. Hv'iEsTAimboK, " : ....
, " Worcester, Massachusetts."
J. A. BENTLEY,
"WoitOESTEit, January 81, 187S.
"Deah Sir: 1 received' a circular from Washington
this morning in tho application of Leandcr Kichards for
increaso nension which I herewith incloao for vour no-
rusal. '. ,
"Mr. Richards, says, you arc acquainted with him and
will do what you can to help him.
"He is certainly in a bad condition and needs tho help
afforded by a pension. His injury was tho result of a fall
while on picket duty in tho night-time at Norfolk, Vir
ginia, which partially paralyzed his shoulder and injured
his hip and brick, lihonmatism followed and ho is now
totally disabled and suffers much. It seems wromr to
make parties wait as this circular indicates. Mr. R. says
if ho is to be helped ho should like it before he dies ; that
he does not expect to live long any "way.
?I will leave tho matter in your hands with one addi
tional statement, namely, that I have other cases who are
put off in like manner.
"Hoping the Surgeon-General will be supplied with all
necessary help, I remain yours, , -
: "G.H. ESTABROOK.
"Hon. G.E, Hoar." ...,
Mr. Hoar. Mr. President, it appears from this official
communication from the Pension Oince that one step
which is essential in ascertaining the title of a soldier to
tally disabled to his pension requires a delay at least from
tho 4th of December, 1S77, to March 18, 1879, a period of
some fifteen or sixteen months, on the ground that there is
no clerical force sufficient to ascertain a fact disclosed by
the records of that office to another office. I can conceive
very few things which can be more disgraceful to the
tlnited States Government than the penur' in making
sufficient appropriations for the discharge of its duty to
the invalid soldiers of the country which is disclosed by
this official statement from the Pension Office.
Mr.' Edmukds., Mr. President, T wish to say a word on
this subject. . I have a similar official communication re
ceived this morning, I think (I am sorry it is not on my
desk) froni the Pension Office, which sets forth a similar
case, except only it is a year older. It was sent to tho Surgeon-General's
Office in 1876, and this pensioner (assum
ing that he has a good case, which of course I know uoth-
mtfubonO Imw haen swffftuXo gp hungry for just about j
two yeursk now, as tne cor.?t;quence apparently i have
not made inquiry of the Surgeon-General's Office to know
how it is, but as the apparent consequence of that great
economy that a certain new political order of things is to
bring to the people for the benefit of the defenders of the
nation's honor and of the tax-payers ; and this is a very
good instance of it.
Mr. Ingalls. The papers filed by the Senator from
Massachusetts and the remarks that have followed from
that Senator and the Senator from Vermont, offer mo the
opportunity of making a few observations that are due to
the Senate in behalf of theOommittee on Pensions. We
have before us at the present time a very largo number of
cases, original and transmitted from the House of Repre
sentatives. In the examination of those cases, it is neces
sary in the first place to ascertain the military history of
the claimant ; in the second place, to learn from the Surgeon-General's
Office the medical history of tho applicant,
so far as his wounds and Other disabilities are concerned.
Ve cannot proceed a step further until these preliminaries
have been complied with, in the first place tho fact of ser
vice, and, in the second place', the fact of disability. The
records of disabilities and of hospital treatment aro in the
officeof the Surgeon-General ; and in consequence of the
parsimony, or frugality, or economy, or penury, as the
Senator from Massachusetts defines it, of the powers that
make appropriations, it is a fact, that when a request is
transmitted to the Surgeon-General for information touch
ing tho disahility, or illness, or hospital treatment of any
man wTho has been in the military service cf the United
States, it requires a nenod of sixteen months, in the regu
lar course of the business of that office, before an answer
can be obtained to the inquiry. That is tp sav, if tp-day
an applicatipn is made t,o tho Surgeen-General for infor
mation touching the medical record pf a soldier, it would
emerge from the office and we shpuld receive the lnforma
tipn spme time abput the middle pf the year 1879. As
that soldier has stated m his letter, it is very desirable for
him to obtain a pension, if he is to hav.o it at all, while he
Mr. Edmttnds. Before he dies of starvation.
Mr. Inqalt. Yes, sir. I believe that the beneficence
of the pension department of this Government does not
oxtond beyond the grave. Of course the survivors of a
deceased soldier may receive the benefits of the pension
law, but these men who have been wounded or disabled
by disease of course desire to receive the benefits of the
ponsiou law while thoy are alive. This is one of the most
crying and flagrant outrages and abuses, verging very close
upou crime, that has left one department of this Govern
ment in the condition that it is in to-day, so far as one
.very important and very deserving class of citizens of this
country is concerned.
Mr. Saitlsbory. I should like to ask the Senator from
Kansas if he means to say that when a communication is
sent from the Committee on Pensions to the Surgeon-General's
Office it requires sixteen months to get an answer
from that office to She inquiry mado by a Senate com
mittee. Mr. IwaAiaA, Tho Senator does not understand me to
say so. If he does ho understands me wrongly, I say if
the application followed the ordinary course of business.
It is time that hi the majority of cases wo receive infor-
Th VlCR-PRESIDENT. The S$Cr&ry will read the the diflnW-fiment of ojfi of ftminl tmnnrr, mrl o.,i
wi AMU;,. " :7" .tt" . r" . " . "---1, --:. ,- vhu
mation, If wo pbtaiifit in less than sixteonmouths wo do
it to tha dotdmont of somo mftn,whoiIsJo(r!ia)ily!fdcsorving.
Mr. 'Ho Ait. Mr. President W '.,
Mr. Saui-sbuky. Then I ask tho''Biiiia!tor from Kan
sas Mr. ITdAit. Thq. Senator XromBolawaxo will permit
mo- ., :' '
Mr. SAUTnnnv: Permit mn km. nhk ariiinsHn nf tlm
-Senator from fcauBatf. I ask how lone; that has been the
condition. of things iii that office?
Mr. iN'dALri. It has been tho condition of tldngs for
more than to years to my knowledge. .
Mr. SAuxsutjitY. Then I havo to say thattho criticism
of the Senator from Vermont, which attribted it to the
economy of a certain political patty is not correct. Tho
economy exorcised by the democratic party dp. the curtail
ment of the clerical force or tho. departments occurred
within two years ; and if this condition of affairs existed
prior to that time, it is not because of the economy exhib
ited by the democratic party. t
Mr. Inoalls. I am not hero for tho purposo of making
any partisan accusations. This goes far beyond that. I
do not say that it is the fault of the democratic party or of
the republican party, but tho difficulty has originated
within tho period when these evangels of reform have first
begun their labors." I do not say that tho responsibility
rests with ono party or tho other,' but the difficulty exists,
and it is a wrong, and as I said befPro, in my ppinion it
verges very close upon a crime
Mr. Hamlin obtaiucd the lloor.
Mr. WiTtiEits. Will the Senator fipni Kansas permit
me to make a suggestion to him '!
Tho VicE-ritEsiDEKT. The Ohair has- recognized tho
Senator from Maine.
Mr. Hamlin. I want to make a suggestion myself.
Mr. Witkehs. Very good.
Mr Edmunds. The Senator fromMaino has been on
tho floor for some time
Mr. Hamlin. I will not pccupy the floor a leng while.
I believe it is my usual habit tp bo verv brief. I want
first to thank the Senator from Massachusetts for inviting
the attention of tho Senate to tho condition of things ex
isting at the Surgeon-General's Office. I have been pro
voked on several occasions myself to do it, but I did not
seem to havethe precise condition of things around mo to
lead me to do so. I have had precisely the same experi
ence that other Senators have slated here, and I think I
have done what I have yet heard no other Senntor state.
I went to the Surgeon-Generals Office myself, feeling an
interest in a particular case to which my attention was in
vited, and .knowing: personally the condition in which the
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Debate in the Senate.
lf:;,ye;publjf!i below the debate in the Senate
on want of clerical force in the Surgeon-Gener-al8
Office. As the attention of our legislators
is, now called to it, we hope no further delay
will be had in applying the remedy by increas
ing the fprce, as asked by the Surgeon-General,
irthe Commissioner of Pensions, and as de
manded by all considerations of justice and hu
I ask to have nMdfammiinfrSai.imi em
Vbe Pendon Office and a .very brUfJ&Bir, not in the form
of a petition but in substaneo a . vWtiofton an imnortant
inltiy to 1k. wtfarred to the OommittMoai Appropriations.
OiaiiaujdctiojQ, if there be no objection.
merit ; so fch&t nrhewer -m ni&ko an application for infer-1 in the War Dpartmnt, tkafc if in smy ono of ita buiwu:
soldier was and that ho must receive his pension, if enti
tled to it, within a short period or surely he would rocoivo
it not at all. I took the pains to go to the office of the t
Surgecn-General and cpnfor with him in relation to the
matter, and subsequent to that period I have received
some half dozen communications from the Pension Office,
all narrating the samo condition of things, to wit, that the
Surgeon-General is from twelve to sixtceu months behind.
Tho Surgoon-General told me himself that ho used every
particle of force ho had in his office to use, and he was de
layed only because he had;not the force with which to do
I am not able to state, when" tho law was passed ; the
chairman of the omm8M.n pensions ran'; but it was
deemed prudent and wTise that this examination should bo
mado by the Surgeon-General for the protection of the
Government. I approbend, however, it was never con
templated that it was to lead to a delay which should be
almost a denial of justice. As the cases bpgairto accumu
late the delay began to lengthen ; and if' the delay bo
twelve months to-day, unless them be a remedyfurnished,
it will be eighteen months next year, because tlio accumu
lation of business far exceeds thoir ability to discharge tho
applications that are made to them. For the first six
months, with a limited force, thoy might have reached the
cases that had been referred to tho office ; buc failing to
keep up, the accumulation increases, and if it were, as I
think, only about twelve months bohind at tho last session
of Congress, it will be eighteen months behind at this ses
sion. I hope tho chairman of the Committee on Pensions
will give the matter his prompt attention. I know his
promptness in all matters, and I think the co.untry has a
right to demand that a remdey shall be applied in these
cases, and everybody wilLsay thatit is right.
Mr. INGAJ.T.S. jtfr. President, I desire to inako one ob
servation further upon .this subject. At tho present time
there are pending before the Pension Buroau between sixty-nine
thousand and seventy thousand unadjusted cases
of claims for pensions. That number is continually in
creasing, and tho ponsion department and J;ho Committee
on Pensions aro both subjected to continual consure fot
delay for which they are neither of them in any just sense
Ihave called tho attention of the SonatG to this matter
upon every occasion when I could properly do so.
There has never been an appropriation bill boforo tho
Senate when the subject of additional assistance to tho
Surgeon-General was under discussion that I havo hot
asked that the clerical forco might bo given to enable this
very important bran oh of the public service to bo properly
administered, and I take this occasion to make these re
marks in order to exonei-ate the Committeq pn Pensions
from the seeming procrastination aud delay that have in
many cases characterized their action, but for which they
are not responsible,
Mr. "Withehs. Mr. President, as a member of tlio
Committee on Ponsions, I wish to add a word to what has
beeu said by tho chairman of that committee, aud so well
said, and also to say a word in defense of tho political
party with which I am connected from tho quasi criticism
upon their aoticn in tho lino of economy.
The accurate and full examination of tho medical, his
tory of these ponsion cases is indispensable aa a protection
against fraud. Ope reason why this accumulation is so
progressive is that the decision of an application for
pension by Congress itself is no ond of tho case, These
cases, when once rejected, eomo hero again session after
session, aro renewed, requiring tho samo character of in
vestigation in tho Department, requiring tho lapse qf timo
to procure tho nccousary evidence or the history of tho
case; and thus it is that these accumulations occur.
My recollection is, so far as regards the economy that
has been inaugurated by tho party with which I haye
boen connected, as applied to tho forco of th Surgou
Genpral's Office, that up particle of economy in tho way
of Cutting dovm employoos in that pffico has occurred
Mr, Edmunds. May I suggest to the Senator as I hayo
no doubt ho means to be just m the dofonsa of his party,
tnat tue course uspq to bo, when uere wero raor Jerlca