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THE NATIONAL TBIBTJNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, NOVEMBER 19, 1881.
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A Disgraceful Fiasco.
Tlio Star .Route prosecution, of which so much
has Jcen heard during the hist six or eight months,
came to at least a temporary ending on Thursday
last. Without expressing any opinion as to the
i guilt or innocence of General Brady and his co-
defendants, we are now at liberty to discuss,
briefly, a matter of general interest, and one with
which most of our readers are, to some extent,
familiar, vfe : the manner in which the proceed
ings on the part. of the Government have thus far
It is a matter of public notoriety that prior to
the shooting of the late President Garfield those
charged with the conduct of the Star Route cases
proclaimed through the press of the country that
they had sufficient evidence to convict the parties
charged, and that they were only awaiting the
assembling of the grand jury in order that indict
ments might be found against the alleged crim
inals. It is also a part of history that the grand
jury met. sat for some time, and adjourned with
out any evidence against Brady and those said to
! have been concerned with him being submitted.
cutors men of respectability in their profession
and of established reputations for honesty of
purpose, diligence, and persistent and vigilant
endeavor to do what is right. The President
ought to make a change and secure better mate
terial for his law officers to have the management
of the cases gentlemen of character in whom
the people will have confidence. The Govern
ment cannot afford to enter the halls of justice
with soiled hands.
Let us have Gibson, Woodward, Cook, and
MacVeagh superseded by such men as Brewster,
Bliss, and other similar lawyers in the manage
ment, and then insist on a vigorous prosecution
until the ends of justice be fully satisfied. Then,
whatever the verdict may be, the country will
submit cheerfully, believing it a righteous one,
the justice of which cannot be doubted.
It Is Something.
It is something to have been a soldier in a
holy chum to have stood upon the field of con
flict when the bursting shells and leaden death
were hurtling in air, and comrades were dropping
on every side in obedience to the messengers
that came from the enemy's guns.
It is something to have seen the long waving
lines of blue as they advanced to the charge to
have caught the gleaming sunshine upon forests
of steel to have seen all the sights and to have
heard all the sounds of mortal strife. It is
WHAT WE NEED.
General H. G. Wright, Chief of Engineers Uni
ted States Army, in his annual report, says:
The casemated works of which our sea-coasfc
defences are necessarily largely composed were
built when wooden Avails were the only protec
tion of guns afloat. Now, ships of war are clad
in armor up to two feet in thickness, and the old
smooth-bores have been replaced by rified guns,
the largest of which throw shot of nearly a ton's
weight, and which burn at each discharge nearly
a quarter of a ton of powd er.
While Other maritime mitinnc: nro iiTrlfnfr in
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something " . aueay powerful navies heavily armored
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WASHINGTON, D. C, NOVEMBER IP, 1831.
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May 30, 1832,--Decoration Day, will in all
probability find Congress yet in fecssion, and
"Washington robed in Nature's most beautiful gar
ments. The climate here at that season of the
year is delightful, and the scenery and weather
both at their best. Besides, the excursion season
will have opened or be so near that cheap rates
of transportation over the railroads can be easily
obtained from all parts of the country.
These are all good reasons why a Reunion of
ex-soldiers and sailors should be held here at the..
time indicated above.
An election now-a-days is not so much a peace
able method of settling a question of policy or of
principle as it is a scramble for office. The logic
of the ballot liox, therefore, cannot be accepted
as proof of the correctness, soundness, or even
the expediency of the conclusions arrived at.
When the man eeeks the office and is success
ful, he must either reward those who placed him
in power or else dispense the places within his
gift solely among his political opponents; but
when the people seek him and elevate him into
a public place he may confer his benefactions
wheresoever he may choose without fear of
having his motives impugned or open to just
The ex-soldiers of Philadelphia recently held
a meeting for the purpose of taking proper steps
towards securing the passage of a bill by Congress
to equalize bounties.
Soldiers everywhere who are in favor of this
just measure ought, without delay, to hold meet
ings and adopt resolutions expressing their views,
to be forwarded to their Senators or Members at
an early day. It is only by united and persistent
effort that success can be ensured: and there
ought to be no hesitation on the part of any one
in seeing full justice done to a worthy class of
men, especially when they have been subjected
to so long a delay in the premises.
. Eight and one-third dollars per mouth for the
time actually served all payments, of bounty
made to be deducted is the only fair basis upon
which a settlement of this question can be made;
and we therefore insist that it is the duty of
Congress to provide, by suitable legislation, for
such an adjustment of all outstanding claims.
Tin: Postmaster of New York City, a son-in-law
of Postmaster-General James, detailed fifty
of the Government employees to help ferret out a
case of black-mailing against Jay Gould, the rail
road and stock king.
We wonder if the same concession would have
been made, if the victim had been an humble
citizen, who only counted his money by hundreds
instead flf millions?
I ted State declared at that time that no case ex
i isted against the defendants.
Subsequently the grand jury met and adjourned
twice, the last time, to October 3d. and of all these
meetings and adjournments the Government offi
: cials having to do with the Star .Route cases had
full and ample notice. The matter was fully dis
j cussed in the papers of this city and in all the
j journals throughout the country, and nothing
J but the most pig-headed obstinacy in their de
; termination to know nothing could, by any pos
sibility, have prevented Messrs. James, Gibson,
Woodward, Cook, and .MacVeagh knowing all
that was being done in and about the court.
But failing to read the papers, even if a valid
excuse for ignorance, cannot be set up in this in
stance, for Colonel Corkhill, the district attorney,
who had been superceded in these particular
cases by the creatures of the Attorney-General,
notified that officer prior to the last adjournment
about September 19 of ihe iact that it would
be had at a certain date unless he saw proper to
take the Star Route cases before it for considera
tion. So the matter rested until about the last of
September or first of October, when the Govern
ment, by its representatives, Cook and others,
presented an information against Brady and his
alleged co-conspirators, which they asked leave of
the court to file.
This action took the community, and, in fact,
the entire country, by snrprise. The proceeding
yras such a remarkable and unheard of one that
some even went so far as to consider it in the
light of an attempted joke rather than a serious I
effort to bring the alleged criminals to justice.
After some delay the matter came up for argu
ment, and on Thursday last was decided, by the
court refusing to allow the document to be put
on record; and thus far we have not seen one sin
gle expression of disapproval on the part of the
press of his decision. In fact, all generally con
cede that he followed the only course open to
him if he would respect the law of the land,
which in substance provides thai no man shall
Ihj arraigned or tried for an 'infamous offense
except upon indictment.
Thus ends the first act of shall we will it a
farce? No. It is too serious a matter for that.
The honor of the United States is too deeply in
volved. It is more in the nature of a tragedy.
The majesty of the Government has either been
used to murder the fair reputations of some of its
subjects, or else has, by the hands of its chosen
servants, sought the destruction of its own good
name. If Brady and his co-defendants are inno
cent, as they insist they are, ihey ought never to
have been pilloried in the public vi-w as they
have been for the last six months hy those en
trusted with their prosecution for alleged crimes.
If they are guilty they ought to have been
brought to justice and condign punishment by
tills time, or should have been at leapt placed in
a situation where justice must necessarily over
take them in due season.
As the ease now stands there is great danger
of nothing further being, effectually done to se
cure such a desirable ramit. And the officers of
the Government are alone to blame for the fail
ure of the prosecution.
Mr. MacVeagh, as the law officer of the United
States, who was not only charged with full au
thority, but who also in reality volunteered with
alacrity to see to it that the guilty ones did not
escape, lias, after ruining the chance for a trial
and conviction by wilful neglect, alwndoned the
case and virtually fled the District His conduct
is open to the strongest censure, and there is no
palliation whatever for it. President Arthur, in
full sympathy upon this point with the lamented
Garfield, desired the prosecution to be conducted
honestly, vigorously, persistently to the end, in
order that, if found guilty, the aeeused parties
might be fittingly punished.
Mr. James has remained at his post and doubt
less done his best; but of what avail are all his
efforts now ?
It is a sad commentary upon Mr. MaeVcaglrs
professed reform doctrines his abandoning the
field just when .the battle was set. His course
looks very much like that of a soldier who de
serts in the face of the enemy. We hope, for the
sake of justice and the good name of the Nation,
that even yet proper steps may be taken to
secure a final determination of the whole matter
by a jury; but we would wish to see as prose-
A Grand National Reunion.
Last week in a brief paragraph we suggested
the idea of a grand National Reunion of ex
soldiers to be held in this city May 30th next.
We see no good reason why such a coming
together of those who helped to uphold the
honor of the Olfi Flag during the rebellion against
its authority should not be had.
li is eminently fitting that upon Decoration
Day a day set. apart by the Government to the
memory of ourMead heroes the survivors, once
their comrades, should not meet in the Capital
city of the Nation to revive the past and do
honor to the memories of those who went down
beneath the fearful blasts that swept over the
land, but which, thank God, left the Union un
impaired and, if anything, stronger than ever it
had been before. Ilere lie, at Arlington, repre
sentatives from everj- loyal State. Almost every
regiment and battery that served the Govern
ment during the war has its representative in
that silent city of departed heroes.
Here, in tho various Departments, are men
from every section of the country who were
soldiers once and who would extend a warm
and fraternal greeting to their old comrades in
The Grand Army of tho Republic, too, has its
representatives here, and the various Posts would
vie with each other in doing honor to members
of similar organizations making a pilgrimage to
this national Mecca of every loyal heart.
And speaking of this leads us to inquire, Why
cannot the Grand Army, through its proper
officers, carry the project we have suggested into
effect? Decoration Day owes its existence to
that organization; it is a mighty power among
ex-soldiers: its system and discipline gives it
facilities for reaching almost every one of them,
and we see no insuperable objection or obstacle
to prevent a successful ending of any effort it
might make in the direction we have indicated.
We hope some aclipn will le taken, at least so
far as to ascerfajrte views of its members and
other ex-soldiers touching the matter, in time
to permit such a Reunion to be held at the ap
pointed time, providing that, upon consideration,
a majority of them agree with us that such a
gathering is to be desired and i3 found feasible.
something to have been a soldier
grand: it is something to have seen those sights ! fnri fnin nn, . , . ,
" o -i""" nmni COSt.PYn 114 wnrlMiinmnf
and to have heard those sounds something sub- i more than two and inir,-u- t- i n '
f , .... ' uail,lnnli millions ot dollars, they
lime, though terrible. But the grandest of all , arc buildimr armored defences for the protection
and the most sublime is to have been a soldier, ot their own coasts. Great Britain has already
and, charging the enemy's ranks, to have beheld ' ' guns in position behind armored
' a J ' defences,
the Flag bursting through the veil of smoke like ' w ,,., . - ,
We have not one such gun nor I
a halo of glory, a moment seen, then lost to view, j arm0red defences whatever. '
and again dazzling the vision as the vapory , I think it is plainly demonstrated in the re
wreaths are wafted aside, and to have heard j marks which follow, taken from my hist onnuil
the ringing cheers from the thousands who fol- I report, not only that reliance can be placed on no
lowed where its eagle pointed the wav some to other mode of defeuc of our sea-coast, but that
death, mayhap, but all the same to victory. One j fortificfttios f torpedoes furnish the most effi
ai. .; ; rt u rw T eient' mosfc during, and least expensive mode
lives and grows with each passing year. And it
is such an experience, mutually shared that, ce
ments the sacred ties which bind comrade to
comrade and makes them brothers all.
The greatest obstacle the Government had io
of such defence, and I earnestly hope that Con
gress may be induced to grant for the next fiscal
year a reasonable amount for the resumption of
work on our sea-coast defences.
contend with in the Star Route cases was an
individual named MacVeagh. He was Attorney
General ; but his resignation was accepted by the
President on Monday to take effect immediately,
and it is to be hoped that there will be no more
bungling in the matter. But for that same ) books prescribed for the Regular army, as will
individual, MacVeagh, we should not have been I stUI further assimilate the management, drill,
,,,,.. ,, r ... , I and internal government of the two forces The
compelled to witness tne sorry farce ot last week j -.. A. .. Jitj. int
, iv(iui io vi m uinvvis uciuiitu as proiessors oi mil
itary science at the universities and colleges show
ADJUTANT-GENERAL DRUM'S REPORT.
Adjutant-General Drnm has submitted to the
Secretary of War his annual report for the year
ending September 30, 1P81. He invites attention
to the necessity of legislative authority for giving
the militia of the State such aid, by furnishing
them, on requistions of the respective aljutants
general, the tactical works and blank forms and
which terminated in the United States being
thrown out of court. Let us have no more shilly
shallyingno more boasting; but if there is any
that the average aptitude of pupils is good, while
the interest manifested by the faculties is steadi-
foundation for the prosecution of Brady -and i lv increasing. Relative to the military prison at
others, let indictments be found against them Forfc Leavenworth, there were received during
and pushed to a final-hearing without delay. ! year into the Prison 373 meu' a,uI 273 dls
. j charged. Only one death occurred, and only six
In a republic like ours the humblest citizeu Persolls escaped in the same period. The actual
and the greatest criminal have rights which even j "?mblr of men confllietJ J 30, 1381, was
n r , v j . x ,, 7- General Drum recommends that, the gov-
the Government is bonnd to respect and protect L fli . , . ; , b
1 ernorofthe prison, who receives only the pay
Herein lies our safety as a Nation: To do even-! and allowance3 of nis acuml rank-captain
i Cllflll rOflDlVO flirt TVm OlwT nllMi-nnn.-.r. n f . 1 T
handed justice in every instance, whether the! " w """" ""
accused be a beggar upon the street or a Presi
dent in the chair of State.
The insignia of position and authority which
a man may temporarily wear in this country
constitute no part of the individual. Before the
law, whether victim or accused, he remains all
the same a man.
THE NEW YEAR'S CUSTOMS WORK.
The annual report of Commissioner of Cus
toms Johnson, containing a statement of the
work performed in his office during the fiscal
year ended June 30, 1681, was recently sub
mitted to the Secretary of the Treasury. It
shows that there was paid into the Treasury from
sources the accounts relating to which areset-
j tied in this office 200,1 00,93G.3S, and that there
There will be no Star Route tomfoolery in t wa paid out of the Treasury on account, under
Guiteau's case. Ho is already on trial, and noth
ing short of the direct interposition of Omnipo
tence can save him from the punishment he so
Wliy Jit: Loves ihe Flapr.
The suffering wliicli a mother undergoes in
giving birth to her child endears to her the cause
of her anguish and deep solicitude. She looks
upon her own offspring with a deeper, tenderer
regard than she is able to conceive of in eonnee-
! tion with a stranger to her flesh and blood.
And the soldier who has stood iu the presence
of death upon the field of battle who has suf
fered, and, it may be, shed his blood for sake
of the "Old Flag" looks upon it ever after
wards with a deeper feeling of love, of venera
tion and devotion than can one who has never
made any such sacrifices in its behalf.
We have no doubt but that Guiteau will have
a perfectly fair trial ; and his conviction and pun
ishment will follow as a matter of course.
When- the good name or liberty of a citizen of
the United States is involved, the Government
should beheld as strictly to the law aa if it were
In two weeks from Monday Congress convenes,
and there is every prospect of a long and busy
Desiring to extend the usefulness of our paper
to the widest possible extent, and in order that
no ex-soldier or other person interested in matters
growing out of the war of the rebellion may have
reasonable excuse for not taking if, we have con
cluded to fix the subscription price, until January
1, p.t one dollar per annum.
Those who have heretofore sent one dollar and
fifty cents for a single subscription, by sending
half a dollar more with an additional name and
address, will bo granted an additional copy, thus
bringing their individual subscription down to
one dollar for fifty-two numbers. Those wishing
to become subscribers, should, in view of the
the supervision of the Commissioner. $18,499,-
412.09. The reports, accompanied by a state
ment of the transactions in bonded goods during
tho year, as shown by ihe adjusted aecounte,
from which it appears that, at the principal ports
the balances on bonds to secure duties on goods
remaining in warehouse June 30, 1881, were as
follows: Boston and Charlestown, $3,733,929.17;
Baltimore, ?1 51 ,236.13"; Chicago, 173,64774;
New Orleans, $231,824 51; New York, 17,331,
052.75; Philadelphia, $1,016,197.S7; San Fras-
THE PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES,
A meeting of the Pennsylvania Reserve Aseo-
J ciation was recently held for ihe purpose of
making arrangements for appropriately celebrat
ing the twentieth anniversary of the battle of
Drane&vilie, on December 20 next. Colonel J
j H. Taggart presided. A committee on general
arrangements was appointed, which met and
appointed a sub-committee to carry out details
It was decided to have a banquet and to seleefc
an orator from the Third brigade, which partici
pated in the battle.
but a private individual. Not oven the Govern
ment should be permitted to put one of its. sub- above offer, send on their one dollar at once, and
jects upon trial for an infamous offense, alleged I those who have already sent one dollar and fifty
to have been committed against the United
States, except upon presentment or indictment by
a grand jury.
The American people are to be congratulated
in view of the fact that Guiteau, the assassin,
who cruelly took the life of the Nation's Chief
Magistrate, is as safe from mob violence as though
his crime had been but the larceny of a few pal
cents, should, without delay, remit the remaining
half dollar with another subscriber before the
new year commences.
Civn, Service reform consists in the advance
ment and promulgation of impracticable and im
possible theories which are not to bo expected to
be carried into effect by those by whom they are
conceived or advocated.
Is politics men shonld not seek after, but be
sought for, the position ; or else all offices should
be- put up at auction to the highest bidder.
The new volume of codified Army Regulations
is ready for delivery, and will be furnished to
the entire Army within a few days, providing a
sufficiency of light winter reading at all the
posts. The regulations proper fill 359 pages, and
the forms and tables fill out more than 1,000
pages additional. A prefatory note states that
the volume includes all orders up to No. 20 of the
series of lrf81, issued about February 17. Gen.
Drum will soon issue a circular giving a synopsis
of orders since that time which modify the regula
tions, which officers can then paste in, so as to
make the volume correct to date.
Hack year there arc Reunions of the Army of
tho Potomac, of the Cumberland, of the Tennes
see, of the James, of Corps, divisions, brigades,
regiments, and even of companies. Why not have
a grand Reunion of all of those in this city next
Decoration Day ?
The safety of our people of the Government
itself lies in their and its respect for not merely
the forms but the spirit of justice
That Government is in reality the strongest
which shows most rcspeet for tho rights of all its
THE PANAMA CANAL.
Advices from Panama report that large quan
tities of material for the canal company are ar
riving by nearly every steamer which reaches the
Isthmus, both on the Atlantic and Pacific The
Avon brought 900 tons, consisting of steel rails,
machinery and iron works of various kinds. The
City of Rio de Janeiro, just in from San Francisco,
brings over two hundred te-ns of freight, mostly
timber and sn plies, part oAvhich is for the hos
pitals in course of construction on the Isthmus.
Material for a hospital for the use of the men
employed by Messrs. Hueme, Slaven & Co., has
also come to hand by the City of Rio. This firm
have contracts for the construction of villages on
the isthmus, and propose to give their employees
the best possible advantages in case any of them
should be so unfortunate as to fall in ill whilo in
their service on the Isthmus.
A JOLLY CAMP-FIRE.
Quartermaster Graham reports that on the 11th
inst. Custer Post, No. 46, G. A. R., Department of
Connecticut, received a fraternal visit from Wad
ham Post of Waterbnry, forty members, accom
panied by a drum-corps and string band. During
the evening a detail of the Wadham boys march
ed into the Post bearing a stretcher having some
thing concealed from view resting upon it. The
band played "Poor Old Soldier'1 while the pro
cession was filiog in, and there was great lamen
tation until comrade Sacks, having peeped under
the covering, cried out "Whist! Bedad its the
wrong corpus we have intirely." Then the Cus
terites gathered around and were presented by
their visiting brethren with a gigantic teapot,,
the presentation being accompanied by a neat
little Bpeech, which was duly responded to.
Supper speedily followed, and as the festivities
did not cease until five o'clock the next morning,
those present must have certainly had their full
May their camp-fire never grow cold.
THE YOUTH'S COMPANION.
We take pleasure in inviting attention to the
best paper printed for children and youth, the
Youth's Companion. It is a marvel as well as
a model. I ts selections are most j udiciously made
showing the highest grade of editorial talent, and
are always good, while its short original stories
are not equalled anywhere ese; and, best of all,
so far as we have been able to see, it never pub
lishes anything of an anti-Christian or immoral
The publishers send specimen copies to any one
who applies by letter. Address, Youths Com
LET THEM VOTE.
Tho proposed constitutional amendment ex
tending the suffrage to the pauper soldier and.
sailor veterans of Massachusetts, was carried by
a decided majority.
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