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THE NATIONAL TBXBTOsTE: WASHINGTON, D. C, APRIL 15, 1882. The National Tribuhe (Established 1877.) PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY, " TO CMK FOB HIM WHO HA8 DOflNE THE DATTLE, AND FOH HIS "WIDOW AND OMHAIS." ACRAHAM LINCOLN. Xcnns to Subscribers, Payable in Advance: postam prepaid) OME COPY, ONE YEAR FlVC COPIES " - $1.50 - C.25 ONE COPY THREE MONTHS - - - - 50 OME COPY SIX MONTHS - - 75 TEH COPIES, (with extra copy to cetter-up of cum,) ----. i 12.50 A SPECIMEN NUMBER of our pafer sent free on re quest. TERMS FOR ADyERTISING furnishfo upon application. J5B-TO SUBSCRIBERS When changing YOUR ADDRESS PLEASE GIVE FORMER AS WELL A3 PRESENT ADDRESS, WITH COUNTY. AND STATE. C5TAKE NOTICE In sending money for subscriptions by mail, never inclose the currency except in a registered letter, a postal money order or a draft on new York is the best form of remittance. Losses by mail will be most surely avoided if these directions are followed. kg-no responsibility is assumed for sub scriptions paid to agents, which must be at the risk of the subscriber. 3p-Communications, subscriptions, and LETTERS UPON. ALL BUSINESS MATTERS RELAT ING TO THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE, MUST BE ADDRESSED TO THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE, Washington, I. dl he Mitioml fEribitm S3' CJ2 The validity cf the public debt of the United States, authorized dy law, including dedts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in sup pressing insurrection cr rebellion, shall not be cues , toned." Sec. 4, Art. XIV, Constitution of the United States. ENTERED AT THE WASHINSTON POST-OFFICE AS SEC0H3-CUJS MATTER. WASHINGTON, T. C, APEIL 15, 1SS2. In forwarding his subscription for TnE 'National Tribune from Lawrence, JWass., Gen. George S. Merrill, Commander-in-Chief of ihe Grand Army of the JRcjmulic, says : "The bold advocacy of Tjie National Teibuxe of the rights of the soldier elicits my Tiearty approval. Keep on a3 you have 7)cgun, end do not consider your work accomplished until every soldier who is entitled to a jicnsion receives it, and every soldier's icidoio and every soldier's child arc provided for by the Govern ment. (Signed) Geo. S. Merrill." One dollar invested in a subscription to The National Tribune is the safest and most remunerative investment that an ex soldier can rsake. Tins is the month of anniversaries. Seven teen years ago, last Sunday, Lee surrendered jit Appomattox, Richmond having fallen the fiyday preceding;' and seventeen years ago,j . st n:::hl, President Lincoln was assassi iue.l by "Wilkes Booth. While The National Tribune makes a V.;lure of pension intelligence and Grand Aimj doings, it does not by any means Sjioore :he general news of the day, and its "weekly summary of events will be found to embrace all that is worth recording in the field of politics, society, and trade. As a journal of the times in which we live, it has no superior and few equals. The price of a yearly subscription is only one dollar. The Mormon merchants of Salt Lake City have entered into an agreement not to trade with the Gentiles, hoping by the withdrawal of their patronage to drive the latter to the wall. This is not the first time, however, that they have resorted to this method of retaliation, and if we may judge by the fail ure of their efforts hitherto the attempt is likely to result in disaster. The most suc cessful business house in Salt Lake City was made so by the refusal of the Mormons to trade with it, for it immediately received ihe united support of the entire Gentile population. TnERE is a striking contrast between tho conduct of tho Treasury Department and the Pension Bureau. Such a thing as a lack of clerical force to properly discharge the business of the Treasury would not bo tol erated for a moment, and as a matter of fact the checks for interest on the public debt are filled out and mailed to the holders of Government bonds with the regularity of clock-work. In the Pension Bureau, on the other hand, the clerical force is so inade quate that the business of the office is from five to ten years in arrears. The explanation of this singular state of affairs is that Con gress places the claims of the bondholder above those of the soldier, and while it authorizes one Department to employ all tbp help that is necessary to the prompt dis patch of business, entirely ignores the needs j of the other. There is neither justice nor economy in such a discrimination. Mr. Gladstone admits that the coercion act is practically a failure, and that ihe con dition of Ireland is worse than before the suppression of tho Land League by the aibitrary arrest and imprisonment of its principal directors, and he seems to be at a loss what to do next. Ue shriniK from pro claiming martial law, which is almost the only resort left to him, and for political reasons he cannot afford to retraco hia steps aad order tho release of the suspects. In short, the British Premier is betwixt the devil sad the deep seal And yet there are those who, for fear of a war with England, would have the United States quietly ignore lie rights of its citizens in Ireland and turn .. eaf ear to their appeals for protection. Vi-ro: ouii increased mechanical facilities i now print, with case, an edition of ; uadred thousand copies. Sample will be eenfc to any ex-soldicr on ap- . -jit. The Cabinet Complete. The nomination of Senator Teller, of Col orado, as the successor of Secretary Kirkwood in the Interior Department, and Mr. "NY. E. Chandler, of New Hampshire, as the suc cessor of Secretary Hunt in the Navy De partment, completes the reconstruction of the Cabinet. Secretary Lincoln is the only member of President Garfield's Cabinet left, and there never has been any doubt of his retention by President Arthur. The National Tribune is not a partisan journal, and it concerns itself with politics only as politics concern the interests of the country in general and the soldier in par ticular. It does not believe that any party or any faction of party possesses a monopoly of virtue, honesty, and patriotism, and it is always willing to accord a fair hearing to those who differ with it on questions of pub lic policy. In speaking, therefore, of these final Cabinet appointments, wo arc indiffer ent to those considerations which influenco the ordinary politician in his estimate of Executive action. It is sufficient for us to know that the new members of tho Cabinet arc in every way qualified to discharge, with satisfaction to the Nation and credit to them selves, the duties that have been imposed upon them. Secretory Teller has made an excellent record in the Senate, whero his vigorous espons.nl of tho cause of tho pcoplo in the struggle with the railway land grab bers has attracted tho attention of the whole country, and coming as he does from the far West, it is to be presumed that he is even better fitted than Secretary Kirkwood to straighten out the tangled threads of our In dian policy. The lack on tho part of former Secretaries of a practical acquaintance with the conditions of lifa on tho frontier, tho conduct of tho agencies, and tho tribal rela tions of the Indian has undoubtedly been a serious obstacle hitherto to an intelligent and efficient administration of the Interior Department, and tho large storo of experi ence which Mr. Teller has acquired in the course of his Colorado career must necessarily prove of immense service in the conduct of the office. If Secretary Teller shall succeed in correcting the obvious defects in the ad ministration of the Department, the public will caro very little with what wing of tho Republican party he chooses to affiliate. Mr. Chandler is perhaps more of a politi cian than Mr. Teller, but his most bitter enemies will not deny that ho possesses executive ability of the highest order, and a knowledge of public affairs that would fit him for almost any office in tho President's gift. His recent triumph over railroad monopoly in New Hampshire, where ho fought almost single-handed the battle of the people, shows that he possesses determi nation as well as abilityand we may be sure that he will be tho actual, as well as the nominal head of the Navy Department. It is said that Mr. Chandler, who was once entirely devoted to the interests of ex-Secretary Blaine, has renounced his allegiance to the Maine leader, and that his appointment is simply a shrewd stroke of political policy ou the part of the President, but that is a matter for the politicians to speculate upon. The country only desires the assurance that as Secretary of the Navy ho will keep a sharp lookout for thieving contractors, and see to it that the appropriation for tho support of our remnant of a navy is honestly and judic iously expended. And now that President Arthur has com pleted his Cabinet let us hope that it will be heartily sustained by public sentiment, irrespective of party lines. It is worth' of universal respect and confidence, and it is to bo hoped that the politicians will let it alone. Then arid Now. The timidity and indecision which otho present Congress displays in dealing with questions affecting the interests of the pen sioner contrasts painfully with the attitude of our legislators and the public generally toward the soldier at the lime of the fall of Richmond and the practical conclusion of hostilities. A glance through tho files of any metropolitan newspaper for tho year 1565 will convince tho most skeptical of the change that has taken place in congressional senti ment sinco that eventful epoch in our his- j tory, and the comparison is likely to prove anything but cheering to those who believe in the sancity of the promises which were made at that time to onr returning veterans. Tho feeling of intense joy and gratitude which took possession of the Nation imme diately after the eurrendcr of Leo at Appo mattox manifested itrself in a scries of great mass meetings, at which the services of the Union soldier were extolled beyond measure, and the obligation of the Government to care for the disabled, the wiflow, and the orphan, was affirmed in the strongest language. The cynic who shonld have ventured to predict that, in ypite of theso pledges of devotion, the ap;.licant for a pension would one day be characterized as a beggar or a fraud, would, in all probability, have been prompt ly mobbed by the indignant populace. Tho veterans themselves would have scorned to credit such a sinister prophecy. Were they not welcomed back frm tho war with the most tumultuous rejoicings, tho streets Mrewn with flowers, banquets spread for them, and business suspended in their honor? Confronted on every hand with the evidence of the affection and esteem of their fellow countrymen, it wonld have been strange, in deed, had any doubt of the future entered their minds. They accepted tho homage of the country vrithout concerning themselves in tho j-lightest about the fulfilment of the proinites which were so lavishly bestowed upon them, nor did it ever occur to them that when the enthusiasm, of tho moment should have passed away it might be suc ceeded by a feeling of indifference, if not actual neglect. And, indeed, when one reads the reports of the' triumphal procession, the eloquent speeches and patriotic resolutions, it is hard to believe that this is the same country and the same people. Why should Congress have been so eager then to reward the soldier and be so reluc tant now? Tunc has not diminished the value of his services, but on the contrary made their worth tho more apparent. Tho suppression of the rebellion and the ex tinction of slavery have resulted in far greater benefit to the country than the most sanguine hoped for in 1SG5 ; even the South has experienced a prosperity to Avhich it was a stranger before the war, and in the decade and a half that has elapsed since the ro cstablishment of peace every physical trace of that mighty struggle has been removed. Turned into the channels of industry and trade, the zeal and vigor of the soldier have proved a wonderfully potent factor in tho work of developing our national resources, and wo are to-day, beyond all question, tho most prosperous people on the face of the globe. The Government, too, shares tho general good fortune. It has reduced the principal of the public debt well nigh a billion of dollars, re-funded the balance at a Iovrralc of interest, and its 'annual revenue exceeds its expenditures by one hundred and fifty millions. If, then, there was occasion for gratitude to the soldier in 18G3, how much more is there now, when we have realized all the substantial results of his patriotism, aud how contemptible it is to withhold, on ihe false plea of economy, that which is due him! Help for tho Helpless. The bill receutty introduced in the House of Representatives to increase the pension of soldiers who lost an arm or leg in the service to forty dollars per month is so simple in its character that it can scarcely provoke ex tended discussion, and it ought to bo put upon its passage at the first opportunity. It is difficult to fix with exactness the num ber of pensioners it will affect, but there are probably not over seven or eight thousand who will bo benefited by it. Tho total number of amputations during the war was about fourteen thousand, and making due allowance for the cases where amputations was attended by fatal results, the rate of mortality since tho war, and tho percentage of those who have never applied for a pension, the figures given aro probably correct. There are good reasons why the compensa tion of this class of pensioners should be increased. Their disability is one which becomes more serious in its effects as age comes on, and many soldiers whe -"r able immediately after the Avar, 'Tun labor was in great demand, to suppl"" i their income from thor?Governinent -- i V tho profits of theirown labor. find the avenues of employment ; J against them. Tho time was 'when i ' Avas offered to our one-armed and one heroes on sentimental grounds, but that is no longer tho case. Employers no longer mix patriotism with business, and tho crip pled veteran stands but a poor chanco of earning a livelihood, compared Avith tho able-bodied immigrant from tho old world. Indeed, considering the sharp competition in the lighter grades of Avork, it is surprising that they should have secured any employ ment at all, and such success as they havo met Avith must be ascribed to tho ingenuity which they have displayed in making ono hand perform tho work of two, and a patent leg supply the piace of bone and muscle. Doubtless, many of our readers "will re call instances Avithin their personal knowl edge, where shriveled stumps seemed to bo endowed Avith tho ingenuity of the human fingers, and soldiers Avith one arm surpassed in mechanical skill tho perfect-limbed civil ian. It i6 a rare spectaclo noAvadays to see a veteran grinding aAvay at a hand-organ at our stieet corners. But, as avc have said, our cripples begin to feel the effects of ago and the increasing competition in labor; and it is but just that the Government should now provide a suffi cient compensation for their services to tho country to render it no longer necessary for them to keep up a hand-to-hand struggle with poverty. We owe it to these brave fellows to make their declining years com fortable and free from care. After Many Years. In August, 18G-2, during an engagement at White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, a shell ex ploded in front of Company K, Eighth New York Volunteers, and a privalo named Jacob Walter was struck on the head by one of the flying fragments and seriously Avounded. He Atas removed to an army hospital, but at tho end of tivo months had recovered sufficiently to rejoin his command, and remained Avith it until the close of the Avar, Avhcn he was mustered out of the service. Ho then re sumed his trade of piano maker, but at in tervals was obliged to re-enter the hospital to be treated for brain trouble. On the 9th of last December he died, and at the inquest it Avas found that death had resulted from softening of the brain, caused by tho injuries received in battle nearly twenty years ago. Wo allude to this case for several reasons. In the first place, the details havo recent ly been published by nearly all the leading papers in the country, and the facts are not likely to be disputed. In the second place, it furnishes a striking confirmation of tho truth of the statement so often made in theso columns, that tho action of Congress setting up a statute of limitations against the pay ment of pensions Avas essentially unfair and unjust. Here was a soldier Avho might havo draAvn a pension almost from tho day on which ho Avas Avounded indeed', tho regi mental surgeon told him Avhen ho loft the hospital that he miht die at any time but Avhoprcferred to struggle on, doubtless as a matter of pride, Avithout the aid of the Gov ernment. Had he applied for a pension two mouths before he died, hoAvever, he Avould havo been entitled to no arrears of pension money, Avhile, had ho applied two years pre vionsyl, he could have claimed from the date of receiving the wound which finally caused his death. The injustice of tho legislation which Avould have made such an anomaly possible, needs no comment. But thi3 is not all. As it happens, Walter left a wife and four children, and the widow has filed, or is about to file, her claim in the Pension Bureau. There are some two hun dred and fifty thousand claims ahead of hers, hoAvever, and at the present rate of progress it may be five or ten years before her case is reached. There is a possibility, then, thai thirl' yeara will haA'e elapsed from the date on Avhich the Government became liable for the support of the invalid and his family before a cent of the money due is paid OA-er! But it will be said that this is an exceptional case. In some respects, perhaps, it is ; but the fact that between Iavo and three thou sand applications are being filed in the Pen sion Office every month sIioavs that tho pro portion of those who have hitherto refused to take adA'antage of the pension laAVS is much greater than has commonly been supposed. In many cases it has doubtless been It does not seem to have occurred to our legislators that thero is any special hardship in a pension claimant being compelled to wait years for his money, al though tho machinery Avhich they have pro vided for the prompt payment of the bond holder sIioavs that they are not insensible to all human suficring ! Yet they have but to authorize Commissioner Dudley to increase his clerical force in order to secure a reason ably early settlement of these long-deferred claims, and it Avill cost no more in the end. Is it any wonder, under these circumstances, that Republics are pronounced ungrateful? A Fromiam on Lawlessness. The tragic death of Jesse James, the West ern outlaAV, has given rise to many differences of opinion touching the propriety of the means employed to rid the country of the monster. Tho cold-blooded, coAvardly Avay in which ho Avas shot down is naturally re A'olting to the public sense of justice and fair play, and even the knowledge thxt the vic tim well deserved the fate that overtook him is not calculated to reconcile one to the mur derous character of the act. We know, to be sure, that the outlaAV himself Avould not have felt any qualms of conscience about killing his companions had he suspected their pur pose, but nevertheless one cannot help feeling that the law is freshly outraged rather than vindicated by such a procedure. Had James been slain in an encounter Avith a sheriff's posso the public Avould have re ceived the news Avith unqualified satisfaction, but thcryis something humiliating in tho idea that Justice should bo dependent upon a hired assassin for the execution of her decrees. Tho manner of this desperado's death is suggestive of personal A'cngoance rather than tho stern impersonal punishment of the law, and the very sympathy Avhich it CA'okcs for the dead outlaw is cvidenco of its unwisdom. It bodes no good for the future, and we should not be surprised at any time to hear of an attempt at vengeanco on the part of the survivors of the robber band. It is just such occurrences as this that have Avcakened popular respect for the laAV in the West and South, and invested the atrocities of border ruffians with just enough of ro manco to raako lawlessness attractive to the depraved and ignorant. It is not alone in dime novels that a false idea of honor and courage is taught. The stress which is laid tipon the kindness and affection which Jesse James lavished upon his family, a3 an offset to the cruelty and hcartlessness which he displayed in his rob beries, is calculated to destroy the moral sense of the community and foster a danger ous tolerance of crime. Ono cannot help asking what sort of a wifo she must be who Avould consent to Avear the jewels that she knew her husband had obtained by the murder of innocent people, and Avhat manner of mother shemust be Avho Avould glory in the bloodthirstiness of her son! It is im possible for any well-balanced mind not to regard such an assumption of domestic virtue with feelings other than those .of intense loathing and disgust. We can understand how a man, whose hand had been steeped in blood from his very boyhood, should become utterly insensible to the value of human life, but it is horrible to find that indiffer ence shared by women. The manner of the outhiAv's, death is greatly to be regretted, as avc have said, but simply because it tends to create a feeling of 53-mpathy for him which he in no respect deserved. The Governor of Missouri seems to havo thought any means justifiable that promised to rid the State of such a monster, but he committed a grievous error when he delegated tho duty of enforcing the law to a brace of cut-throats. By that act he not only published to the Avorld the inability of the duly-constituted authorities to cope Avith the outlaAV, but degraded Justice to tho level of the hired assassin. Instead of making crime odious and the law respected, he has excited a feeling of indulgence for the one, and contempt for the other. For the moment, perhaps, the killing of Jesse James may prove a blessing to the country, but it must be confessed that the manner of his death is calculated to encourage rather than suppress lawlessness hereafter. TnE National Tribune is tho only rep resentative soldier's paper in the country. Nothing which affects the interests of tho A'eterans escapes its attention, and its col umns aro ahvays open for tho expression of their opinions on public affairs. No soldier Avho desires to keep avcII informed concern ing tho state of pension legislation can afford to bo Avithout it. The subscription price is only one dollar per year. Songs of the Camp. It is greatly to be hoped that some pains taking collector and annotator will ono day compilo in, a comprehensive volume the martial pooms, camp songs and ditties Avhich formed so large a part of the literature of the Avar. Except at a gathering of the Grand Army the simple melodies and fervent sentiments that once fired the popular heart are now seldom, heard, Avhile many fngitiA-e pieces have been forgotten altogether. Much that was Avritten in the days of the rebellion Avas doubtless unworthy of perpetuation, re garded simply from a poetical standpoint, but as expressive of the state of public feel ing at the time it deserves a place in the history of tho epoch. Then, too, there arc some songs which belonged especially to the camp and ncA-er found their way to fame in the country at large. They arc the curios of Avar literature, and already copies of them are difficult to procure. It seems hard to believe that tho day will ever come when such famous songs as "Rally Round the Flag," "John Brown's Bod'," "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," and "Marching Through Georgia" will bo forgotten, yet Avhat ditty of the Revolution except "Yan kee Doodle" has conio down to us from the tuneful yeomanry of the time? Not one; for the "Star Spangled Banner" was not written, be it remembered, until 1814. The poems of tho rebellion Ayill un doubtedly prove more enduring. Yet of these comparatively few-haA-o found a per manent place in American literature. It i a curious fact that while Longfellow owed nothing of his fame to his war compositions with the exception, indeed, of his "Sinking of the Cumberland," he wroto scarcely any thing in a military vein T. Buchanan Read OAved his popularity chiefly to those im petuous lines, " Sheridan's Ride." Whittiers "Barbara Frcchie," too, did more, wo fancy, to enhance his general reputation than any other single flight of his muse, and it is likely to live as long as hi3 "Maud Mullcr" or any of his more pretentious Avorks. George H. Boker's "Black Regiment" is preserAcd in at least one standard collection of poems; but who remembers Janvier's " Sleeping Sentinel ? " One might have sup posed that for many years after tho close of the Avar tho stirring incidents of the struggle would havo had an inspiration for our poets, but such has not been the case, and that touching Decoration Day poem, "The Blue and the Gray," is almost the only important contribution that has been made to our war literature sinco tho declaration of peace. Compared with the nationr.l lyrics of Eng land our own are indeed feAv in number, but that is but the greater reason why they should be rescusd from oblivion. The National Tribune will be happy to lend its columnS.to that object. , , & Question of Sentiment. The love of flowers is a sentiment which some superior beings affect to despise, and, indeed, it is not remarkable that those Avhoso lives are spent in the pursuit of fame and fortune should be nnable to comprehend the attraction Avhich a bunch of violets or a half-blown rosebud may possess for the poor and lowly. Luxury may, iudeed, approve their SAveet odors and brilliant colors, yet after all value them no more highly than that of any other object that gratifies the senses. Fashion, Avhich prescribes how they shall be Avorn, recognizes in them nothing but their decorative utility ; and yet it is to the fioAvers that the masters of verso have suug their sweetest strains. Burns sounded the praise of the mountain daisy, that " Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flower : " "There, in thy scanty mantle clad, Thy frn.iwie bosom sunward spread, Thou lifts thy unassuming head." Story Avorshipped the "faint, delicious, spring-time violet," Avhich Hood called a " nun," declaring the Avhile that the cowslip Ava3 a country wench, the tulip a conrtly queen, and that he Avould "avoo the dainty rose, the queen of every ono." Even the common dandelion has not been Avithout adorers. Our oAvn poet, James Russell Lowell, wrote of it : "Dear common flower, thou grow'st'beside the way, Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold ! First pledge of blithesome May, "Which children pluck, and, full of pride, up-hold- Iligu-hcnrtcd buccaneers, o'erjoyed that they An Eldorado in the grass have found Which not tho rich earth's ample round May match in wealth ! thou art more dear to me Than all the prouder summer blooms may be." . The good old poet, Robert Herrick, said of A'iolets, that they Avero maids of honor Avaiting on the Spring, and likened tho primroses, filled Avith morning dew, to "sweet, Avhimporing younglings." Words worth sang of "A hot of golden daffodils Beside the lake, beneath the trees Fluttering and dancing in the breeze." To the trailing arbutus, Avhich is now raising its dainty pink hood above the hillside, Roso Terry has sung one of her sweetest lays: " Tinged with color faintly, Like tho morning sky. Or, more palo and saintly, Vrnppcd in leaves ye lie Even as children sleep in faith's simplicity." The faint oxlips and tender blue-bells, tho comely honeysuckle, each possesses some special sentiment that the poets have dis covered and embalmed in verse. One naturally recalls these pretty phrases as Decoration Day approaches. Of all our national customs nono is more beautiful than that of strewing tho graves of our dead heroes Avith flowers, nor anything Avorthier of perpetuation. Tho time has gono by Avhcn tho ceremonies Avero wont to arouse a feeling of personal grief, and the general sorroAV for the loss of tho soldior is already swallowed up in tho sentiment of admira tion Avhich the contemplation of his gal lantry excites ; but the day seems to havo become firmly fixed in tho affections of tho people, and it may be that long after the surviA-ors of tho Avar shall have rejoined their comrades the Nation Avill continue to observe it. It will not as now, perhaps be tinged with sadness; nay, it may even ac quire a festal character, for the season of flowers is also the season Avhen humanity is most sensible to the exhilarating influences of nature; but it Avill be enough if the spirit of patriotism shall still imbue the hearts of the celebrants. A Short Essay on Spring. Mr. Vennor predicts a white April, from, which we infer that Winter will once more be caught lingering in the lap of Spring. The -weather prophets agree, however, that the season will prove a propitious one for the farmer. There will he a splendid yield of wheat and a plenty of peaches. . In the Spring, the poet tells us, "a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love," aud the prudent father will therefore do well to oil the hinges of the front gate afresh. There is something extremely touching in the spectacle of a frisky maiden of thirty-nine summers billing and cooing over the palings with a pensiA-c youth of sixteen in the early twilight of an April evening. It suggests rheumatism and lini ment for two. It is a little early yet for the trailing arbutus, but the violets are opening their sweet blue eyes among the crackling leaves in sheltered nooks of the forest. The spring poet should nob forget, hoAvever, to put ou his rubbers. Nothing is so apt to chill the soul of the poet as wet feet. In tho city it is not always easy to fix the exact time of Spring's arrival, but you can generally tell by the garlic in the butter. It is curious that the gentle kine should prefer garlic to tho tender grass, but there is no accounting for tastes in this world. Spring is indeed a beautiful season. In the spring the colored citizen hangs out the sign "Whitewashing by John Brown," the landlord puts up the rent, the devoted hus band puts down the carpets, and the thrifty housewife gets the last year's bonnet pressed over again. The toughest thing about Spring is Spring lamb. A great many thing3 happen in Spring that do not occur at any other season of the year Easter, for instance, Avhen flowers go up and eggs go doAvn. Nothing could be more enchanting than the country in Spring, when the roads are up to the hub in mud and the purling brook is cavorting throngh the second-story win dow. They are so fond of Spring along the Mississippi that the people get out on the roofs of their houses to look at it. Spring used to be depicted by the painters as a dainty maiden in short frocks and low neck, but the artists of tho future Avill probably throw in a waterproof and um brella. However, Spring does not come every year. When winter does not end until the 31st of May there isn't always room for it. The weather prophets, as we have said, predict that we shall liave a good deal of snow this Spring, but the editor of The National Tribune would remind his read ers that their subscriptions are already due. TnE examination of Shipherd has resulted so far in the establishment of the fact that this second Colonel Sellers is more of a rogue than a visionary, and that he takes a fiendish, delight in imputing to others the motives byAvhich he alone seems to bo actuated. Not a scrap of evidence has so far been pro duced to show that either ex-Secretary Blaine or the late General Hurlbut ever used his official position to advance the schemes of this unscrupulous speculator, and the more his pretensions are probed the more evident it becomes that his claim to the friendship and counsel of public men of prominence Avas as baseless as tho fabric of a 'dream. His sole capital appears to have been "cheek," and he "overdrew his ac count." That is all that the disclosures of Mr. Shipherd have so far established. ivroro Endorsements. We print bcloAV two communications from prominent members of the Grand Army strongly endorsing The National Tribune. Following so soon the flattering letters from Commander-in-Chief Merrill and General Ross, Chairman of the Execu-tiA-e Committee on the National Encamp ment, we naturally feel highly complimented at theso voluntary testimonials from such sources. It is evident that the rank as' well as the -aloof tho Grand Army organization fully appreciate our efforts to inaSe The National Tribune a Avelcome visitor iu the household of every ex-soldier in the land. The letters are appended : Baltimore Post Office, Baltimore, April G, 1SS2. Editor National Tribune: Your very excellent paper is received and renci Avith pleasure. Your earnest advocacy of the cause of the Union soldier and sailor, and the justice duo them in equalization of bounties, &c, will certainly meet Avith proper appreciation 1 7 them. I Avish your paper the greatest success. Very truly, &c, Harrison Adkeon. postmaster. Headquarters Department of Dela- avare, Grand Army of the Republic, Assistant Adjutant General's Of- ftce, Wilmington, Del., April 7, 1SS2. To tho Editor National Tribune: I have your letter of yesterday and also tAvo specimen copies of The National Tribune you mailedto me. It is certainly a valuablo soldiers' paper, brim-full of im- portant and interesting information, late and lively news and Grand Army topics. I felt so well pleased over the copies you sent mo that I have already mentioned it favorably and showed the copies to other frierds and comrades. No soldier can afford to bo without it. Enclosed please find ono dollar for my subscription for The Tribune for one year. Yours, &c, John Wainatright, Department Commander of Delaware.