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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1883.
-The National Tribune. (Established 1S77.) ' TO CAM FOR HW HO HAS BOfWiE THE S.TTtI, AN3 FOR HIS WMW AND ORPHANS." ABRAHAM LlfcCOLN. "the vauwty of thc pubuc debt of the United States, authorized by law, including dests incurred for paymtkt of pensions and bounties for services ik 8up pressing insurrection or rebeu.ion, shall not be ques twheo." Sec. , Art. XIV, Constitution of the Uniteo States. " i o00er it thc astest paper devoted to the inter ims of the soldier published in the country. ! earnestly C0MtJD IT TO Alt COWADCS OF THC ORDER." Paul.VanDervoort, CoMiMNKK-ih-Cmer, G. A. R. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. One Dollar per "Year. JS97ERmS OF SUBSCRIPTION Invawasly cash in awance. Money forwarded otherwise than by rcgm tereo tctter, postal money order, or draft on new York, mi be at the risk cf the sender, as also all &UB8CR.PTIONS PAID TO AGENTS. RENEYAi.S. 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NTED AT THC WASHINGTON TOST-OFFICC AS SECONOXASS WATTES. The National Tribone. I.,, .. .. ... - - .I-.- .WASHINGTON, D. a, JANUARY 11, 3SS3. The nwnber of subscriptions to Tire NA TIONAL TitiBUNj; received during the week end ing yesterday, January lQHt, was 15055. - 1 t 1 ' CoBEEsroxDEXTS "will please bear in mind that to insuro typographical accuracy proper names should he written in a hold, legible hand. The intelligent compositor can guess at the rest, of course. - - - 1 . o " ' Let the internal revenue taxes alone! No true friend of the soldier will vote to further enrich thc banks and manufacturing mo nopolies so long as thc 40 and Equalization of Bounties bills remain unacted upon. Wixbre can you find more Grand Army news from every lart of the country than in this paper? Crratid Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail. In Trie National Tjiibune, comrades about eix times more, and for one dollar, instead of one dollar and a half, per year. The number of pension certificates issued "during the week ondiug yesterday, January 10th, was as follows: Original, 633; in crease, 190; re-issue, 55; restoration, 21; duplicate, 35: accrued pensions, 31; total, 9G5. The Senate did not hesitate to pass the bonded whisky bill, which virtually makes a present to the distillera of two years' interest on $80,000,000 of taxes due, and will probably lead to the remission of the taxes themselves, while the $-10 pension bill has not even been reported from the committee as yet. Was it tbe ex-soldier or the distiller who put down the rebellion ? The bill extending the bonded period of whiskyfor two years longer passed theSenate, on the 4th inst, by a vote of 23 yeas to 20 nays. Should it pass the House and become a law, the effect will be to make a present to the distillers of the interest on 80,000,000 the amount of the taxes that otherwise would be due on whisky now in bond and, in the event of the repeal of the internal revenue taxes within the next two years, to make them a present of the principal also a sum ample to meet the requirements of the Equalization of Bounties Bill. A more shameful piece of legislation was never pro jected, and except on tho poor plea that to collect these taxes now would bankrupt tho distillers, no one has ventured to justify it. The fact is, that the original extension of the bonded period was simply a clever trick on tbe part of the whisky ring to escape taxation on the excess of their product over the normal demand, and tho object of this additional extension is to enable them to reap the benefit of the expected repeal of the tax. It is a job, as we have said, to rob the Treasury, first, of two years' interest on $80,000,000 and ultimately of the principal itself, and its passage by the House will be little better than downright stealing. In another column will be found a series of interesting interviews with the members of the Senate Pension Comndtlce in regard to tbe bill increasing the pensions of one armed and one-legged soldiers toforty dollars per month. The majority, we regret to say, appear to be opposed to tho measure, not because there is any question as to its merits, but because they imagine that public senti ment, as reflected by certain unscrupulous newspapers, is opposed to it. In other words, the senseless and malicious news paper clamor against pensions, to which The Tjjibune recentty called attention, has intimidated them, and Ihey seem disposed to falter in their duty to our ex-soldiers. It does not follow, of course, that tho bill will bo rejected by the Senate should the majority report of the Committee be adverse 10 its passage, for men of tho Logan and Voorhees stamp are not to be driven from thc fiald by the mere yolling of thc enemy, but, unquestionably, the outlook is not as favor able as has hitherto been supposed, and our readers will now understand why it is that The Tribute has been so urgent in' its appeals to tho cx-soldiors of the country to organize for tho enforcement of their rights. If they would turn tho tables 011 their taiemies, they must make up their minds fit, to vote against every candidate for political honors who is not pledged to their cause; second, to withdraw their patronage from every newspaper which is opposed to pensions, and, third, to concentrate their strength in the support of some great journal on whose fidelity they can rely. They must meet the opposition on even terms and over come it with its own weapons. Forgotten. "Are wo so soon forgotten when we aro gone," sighed poor Kip Van "Winkle, re turning after his twenty years sleep in the heart of the Kaatskills to find that no one in all the village of Falling Water still remem bered him, and that, we fancy, is the cry of despair that would go up from the Na tion's heroes, who these twenty years have been sleeping beneath the sod, could they revisit at this late day the scene of their sac rifices. What would they find? Their comrades in arms who survived the struggle enjoying the just reward of valor aud revelling in the bounty of a grateful Government ? That is what they would naturally expect to find. What would they find? The public offices filled by men whose fidelity to tho Govern ment had been tested on the field of battle? That is what they would naturaUy expect to find. What would thej'find? The widow and tho orphan of the soldier tenderly cared for and protected as the wards of the Nation ? That is what they would naturally expect to find. What would they find? The patriotism and self-sacrifice of the Union soldier held up to the rising generation as a bright and imperishable example for it to emulate? That is what they would naturally expect to find. What would they find ? The press of the country, once so eloquent in its eulogy of the soldier, still invoking tho gratitude of the country in behalf of its defenders? That is what they would naturally expect to find. What would they find? The bondholder, whoso claim upon the Government was made good at such an awful sacrifice of human life, demanding equal recognition of the soldier's claim? That is what they would naturally expect to find. Alas, no! They would find none of these things; but, instead, such a state of affairs as might well make them cry out with poor Kip Van Winkle, " Are we so soon forgotten when we are gone ? " What would they find? Thousands of their old comrades in arms struggling with poverty and disease and the files of the Pension Oilicc still loaded down with unad judicated applications. That is what they would find. What would they find ? The public offices filled with political favorites to the exclusion of needy and deserving veterans. That is what they would find. What would they find? The widow wearing out soul and body in the brave en deavor to earn a livelihood for her fatherless family. That is what they would find. What would they find? The patriotism and self-sacrifice of the Union soldier held up to thc rising generation as a mere cover for pension raids on the Treasury. That is what they would find. What would they find? The pres3 of tho country caricaturing the soldier as an in satiable glutton and demanding the repu diation by the Government of his claims upon it. That is what they would find. What would they find ? The bondholders, no longer concerned about the solvencv of the Government,inlenton securing the repeal of the taxes necessary to produce the revenue required for the payment of pensions. That is what they would find. Three hundred aud four thousand three hundred and sixty-nine men laid down their lives to preserve this Kepublic. Is it pos sible that twenty years have sufficed to blot out all remembrance of their sublime devo tion? We cannot believe it; yet, if they could speak, would not their curse fall upon the monsters of press and politics who, in defaming the living,have defiled thememory of thc dead? An Kxamplo for All Posts to Follow. Wo have frequently taken occasion to invito the co-operation of our comrades of tho Grand Army in the work not only of extending the circulation of The Tkiijuxe but in gathering Grand Army news for pub lication in ita columns, but hitherto the response to this invitation has not been as general as we could have wished. We aro glad to see, however, that our comrade3 are at last manifesting an active interest in the matter. A lettor from Comrade M. M. Tar bell, Adjutant of Kearney Post, No. 48, of East Wallingford, Vermont, informs us that at a recent meeting that Post appointed an agent for The Tiuuune, and also detailed one of its members to act as correspondent and forward to this journal, from time to time, such items of news as seemed likely to be of interest to the members of the Grand Army generally. This is a long step in the right direction, and we earnestly commend tho example of Kearney Post to every Post in the country. It is a very simple matter for a member of any Post to furnish TnE Tkiiiune with regular reports of all important events that transpire at its meetings, but what is every body's business, as we have frequently said, is practically nobody's business, and Kearney Post has set an excellent example by ap pointing one of its members to act as The Tribune's correspondent It is the wish alike of Commander-in-Chief Van Dcrvoort and the editor of The Trib une that our weekly record of Grand Army news should be as full and complete as possible, and wo trust that our comrades will cordially co-operate with us to that end. The Tribune is the only newspaper which attempts to cover tho entire territory occu pied by the Grand Army, and that territory is so vast that it must of necessity look to individual Posts and individual members of Posts for aid in the collection and transmis sion of reports. There should be an agent and correspondent of The Tribune in every one of the two thousand odd Posts of the Order, and we hope ere long to receive notice from each ouo that the appointment has been made. Hand in hand, let us build up the Grand Army and tho circulation of The Tribune. Our Premium Awnrdfl. In September last The Tribune made a special offer of ten money premiums, rang ing in value from ten to twenty-fivo dollars each, to be awarded for tho ten largest clubs of new subscribers obtained prior to Janu ary 1st of the present year. As a result of that oiTer, quite a brisk competition sprang up among our club raisers aud the contest waxed so warm as to require the "official returns" to decide it. Every county has at last been "heard from," however, and tho count shows the following to be thc success ful canvassers : First prize, $25 G. W. Tarklcson, Middietown, Indiana, 111 subscribers. Second " $20 A. D. Launder, Zancsvillo, Ohio, 93 subscribers. Third " $17 William O'Connor, Attleboro Mass., GG' subscribers. Fourth " $16 Ch:is. U. Allison, Springfield, Mass., G5 subscribers. Fifth " $15 Post Watson, Braddock, Pa., Gl subscribers. Sixth " $11 J. A. Baugbman, Washington, Iowa, 51 subscribers. Soventh" $13 Thos. J. Clark, Conncrsville, Indiana, 53 subscribers. Eighth" $12 William Blundcll, Chetopa, ft Kansas, 46 subscribers. Ninth $11 C. D. Oyster, Carthago, Ver mont, 43 subscribers. Tonth " $10 Lovi Grim, Grconfiold, Penn- sj-lvania, 42 subscribers. A draft for the amount due has already been forwarded to each of the lucky winners, and it is scarcely necessary to add that our best wishes go with it. To those who worked faithfully for these prizes, but fell short of the number neces sary to success, some special acknowledge ment is also due. We find by reference to our record of "Tribune clubs" that during the period of this competition one hundred and eighty-two persons sent in clubs of not less than ten nor more than twenty; twenty seven not less than twenty nor more than thirty; nine not less than thirty nor more than forty, while ten sent in clubs exceeding the last named figure, making a total of two hundred and twenty-eight persons who sent us clubs of ten and upwards. As tho num ber of subscriptions which these clubs ag gregated was 3,173, it will be seen that the average approximated fourteen subscrip tions for each canvasser. We give the record thus in detail because it shows how much can bo done by a com paratively small number of determined, en ergetic subscribers! towards increasing the circulation of The Tribune, and because, furthermore, wo believo it is within the power of nearly every one of our readers to do as Avell. These two hundred and twenty-1 eight canvassers enjoyed no unusual ad vantages. The majority resided in small towns and sparsely-settled communities, and it was tho thoroughness' with which they gleaned the field rather than the size of the field itself which was thc secret of their success. Compared with such a field as is offered at Toledo, for instance, where one Grand Army Post Forsyth alone musters nearly six hundred members, theirs was an uninviting territory, yet it seems to be universally the case that tho weaker the soldier community tho more resolute and zealous arc its workers. And now, comrades, what have you to say to this showing? Is it possible that the work of building up the circulation of The Tribune is to be left to a few huudred out of tho many thousands whose name3 are already on tho subscriptiou rolls? Surely, that is not soldierly. That is not standing shoulder to shoulder, as in the brave days of old. Come, let us make this new campaign in tho true army fashion, with solid ranks and perfect alignment. The bugle has sounded tho charge; it is too late to draw back. Ladle..' Auxiliary Societies. Elsewhere in our columns this week will be found a very interesting letter descriptive of the origin and work of tho Ladies' Society, auxiliary to Forsyth Post, of Toledo, Ohio, for which wo are indebted to its estimable president, Mrs. Isaac Ii. Sherwood. Wo print it in the hope that it may lead to tho establishment of similar societies in connec tion with every Post which has so far failed to avail itself, in this practical way, of tho aid of the loyal women of tho land. Our comrades have need of their help now almost as much as during those never-to-be-forgot-lon days when tho hospitals were crowded with the sick and wounded, and tho bravery of our soldiers was only equalled by the devotion of their nurses, and they should not disdain to seek it. Wherever there is suffering to bo allayed, poverty to bo re lieved, or grief to be consoled, thcrewoman's loving ministrations must ever be welcome, for no eyes are eo kceu as hers to discern distress, no sympathy so pure and tender, no charity so broad and practical. Without her active co-operation, indeed, no Post of tho Grand Army can hope to fully accomplish tho object of ita existence To meet the de mauds upon it for tho relief of the disabled comrades and the helpless widow and or phan, it must of necessity havo recourse at times to extraordinary means of replenishing its treasury, and it goes without saying that her aid is essential to the success of fairs and concerts and public entertainments gen erally given for that purpose. That, however, is puroly a mercenary view of the question. The larger and better reason for invoking her presence is tho beneficent influence which it must have upon tho Order itself in tho widening of its usefulness and the ennobling of its sympathies. Tho Grand Army should make woman its help-meet. Tlio Itepuhlic as a Ilcpmlintor. The Tribune, as ita readers well know, has always contended not only that the funded debt of the United States should be paid to the last dollar, but that all other obli gations involving tho honor of the Govern ment should be discharged to tho uttermost penny. It must be confessed, however, that, except in tho matter of tho public debt, Congress has displayed a singular lack of concern for the honor of the Kepublic, and by failing to make provision for the pay ment of equitablo claims has nioro than once placed it in the attitude of a repudiator. Our ex -soldiers aro not tho only victims of its improvidence, nor is thi3 generation tho only one which has suffered from its neglect. In one instauce, at least, a claim against the United States has been pending in Congress for more than half a century, and although a bill providing for its payment has been twico passed by tho Senate and once by the House aud its equity been repeatedly affirmed by the highest authorities, it re mains to this day unsettled. The claim to which we refer is that of Margaret G. Meade, administratrix of Kichard W. Meade, and its history is briefly as follows : Kichard W. Meade, a Philadelphia mer chant, in 1804 removed to Cadiz, Spain, where he engaged in large commercial transactions, and in the conroO of his busi ness furnished provisions to tho Spanish government during a foreign war in which it had engaged. On pressing his domand for payment, in 181G, he was arrested and imprisoned, but at tho instance of the United States Government was finally released. He then applied to the Spanish government for tho settlement of hi3 claim, and the latter proposed to indemnify him by ceding to him certain lauds in Florida, at that timo a part of tho Spanish possessions. A treaty, however, was pending between Spain and this Kepublic for the cession of Florida to the latter, and Mr. Meado was advised by the President that the proposed grant to him would not bo recognized by this Govern ment. Tho treaty bound the United States to pay all claims of American citizens on Spain to tho extent of $5,000,000, but it failed of ratification, aud subsequently Mr. Meade's claim was adjudicated by a Spanish junta, and ho was awarded a certificate of indebtedness, approved by the King himself, to the amount of ?373,879.SS. The State Department at Washington was duly noti fied of this award and Mr. Meade was offi cially congratulated on the result. The question then came up as to the manner of payment, and tho Spanish Cortes notified the American Minister at Madrid that it would ratify the still-pending Florida treaty only on tho condition that this claim shonld be specifically included among those which this Government engaged to become re sponsible for. To this condition the Ameri can Minister assented, and the treaty was accordingly ratified. Congress shortly after appointed a commission, to pass upon the claims, and Mr. Meade duly laid his papers, including a certified copy of the Spanish junta's award, before it. Six months later, however, it demanded the origiual vouch ers, still in tho possession of the Spanish government, and Mr. Meade, by virtue of a provision in tho treaty obligating Spain to furnish such evidence on demand, made ap plication, through tho State Department, for tho papers. Owing to tho temporary ina bility or neglect of the Spanish government to comply with this demand, tho vouchera were not forthcoming beforo tho life of tho commission oxpired, and on tho ground that sufficient evidence had not been furnished it disallowed the claim and adjourned, thereby cutting off Mr. Meado from all benefit by the treaty, notwithstanding that the payment of his claim by tho United States Government had been made the solo condition of tho ratification of the treaty by the Spanish Cortes, and that it was through no dereliction of duty on his part that tho evidence unnecessarily demanded by the commission was not submitted prior to the conclusion of its sittiug. A mora glaring piece of injustice than this it would be difficult to find in the history of tho Kepublic, and it is almost incredible that such a stain should have so long been permitted to remain upon the national honor. Yet, as wo havo said, Congress after Congress haa shirked tho responsibility for its pay ment, and it is to-day still pending in the National Legislature. Mr. Meade, the orig inal claimant, who was one of the most illustrious Americans of his day, died fifty years ago, and his heirs, of whom the late General Meade who added fresh lustre to tho family name by his gallantry in the war of tho rebellion was one, have been com pelled to battle single-handed for that recognition by tho Government which it should long ago have granted of its own free will. Is it not shameful is it not monstrous that a great and rich government such as ours should bo condemned by the inaction of Congress to pose beforo tho world as a repudiator of tho most sacred and inviolable obligations? No wonder that our ex-soldiers grow sick at heart, and threaten to shake oil' all party fetters in their disgust at the re creancy of the people's representatives. .. .1, - . 1 , A subscriber sends us the following ex tract from an editorial in tho columns of the New York Examiner, a religious newspaper, and on that account, ouo would suppose, peculiarly amenable for any breach of the commandment against bearing false witness : "Talk about exee-slvo revenue tho pension buainesa will lulco care of that presently. Coni nmioncr Dudley euya tho estimates of the amount needed next year ($101,500,01)0) will not ho sullleient, and tho pension-roll is growing all the time. The luti-btMiKKytttinn Is that n pension bill hemtioduced In behatt of thoc who did not ko to war because they wtro infants at the time, but who will now swear they would havo fjono had they bm old enough. Thi-j is good, to far na it goes, but ought it not to bo made to include their children also'.' " Commenting on this decidedly unchristian slander, our correspondent remarks that after reading it he concluded it wa3 not his duty to subscribe for the Examiner, notwithstand ing tho request of "a good deacon" to do so. Wo commend his example to our comrades generally. No paper, whatever its preten sions to piety, that thus defames the Nation's defenders is deserving of their support. THE FORTY DOLLAR BILL. Sentiment of tho Senate Pensions Commit tee An Adverse Keyort Probable. Tho Senate Committco on Pensions did not report this week upon tho bill to grant $-10 t, month to soldiers who had lost an arm or a leg. The committee is having great difficulty with tho bill, owing to the widely divergent opinions entertained with reference to it. The four Democratic Senators, Jackson of Tennes see, Camden of West Virginia, Slater of Oregon and Burrow of Georgia, are solidly arrayed in opposition to tho measure. Senators Piatt of Connecticut, and Blair of New Hampshire, doubt tho feasibility of a general law of this character, and while not hostile to tho interest of the soldiers, as in the case of tho first four named, can hardly be counted upon as in favor of the bill. Tho chairman, Senator Mitchell, is ab'cnt from tho city, owing to thc illness of his children who have been attacked by diph theria. Appearances now indicate that the majority report will be adverse to the bill. The minority will present a favorable report, however, so that the question will ho brought into tho Senato for disposition. There is a very general dosire upon thc part of the members of tho committco at least to have tho proposition de bated aud acted upon. Its fato in the Sanato is, of course, problematical, hut it is not im probable that it may pass because, ou the Democratic side. Senator Voorhees is a staunch supporter of the measure. Below will be found interviews with aovaral members of thc committee, which will servo to indicate tho dili'erent shades of opinion enter tained upon the subject. Senator Piatt of Connecticut was asked what ho thought of the hill to grant a pension of $10 a month to soldiera who had lost an arm or a leg in the lato war. Ho said: "This thing has given mo more trouble than almost any bill I havo had to do with since I havo been on tho Pensions Com mittee. There aro a good many difficulties in connection with it. The trouble is with tho principle. We should not undertake to tinker at our pension laws aud fix them up by piece meal, but whenever radical chango is to bo made, we should go clear through and make over thc ratings so as to keep them uniform and not do injustice to any one, as is liable to happen through these fragmentary and irregu lar alterations. In this caao the question is, what to do with tho 'equivalents?' It is appa rently unjust to pass a law giving a man $-10 a month who has suffered an amputation, when to another who is equally disabled and is now receiving the Fame pension we givo no increase at all. Still tho men who have lost an arm or a leg -have an organization which is pushing their case. They are selfish, ot course, and aro trying to keep tho 'equivalents' out, so as not to load down thc bill. Then, again, by general law to give $-10 a month to every man who ha3 lost a limb will in tho end give dissatisfaction, because it will make an increase of $22 in some cases and in others only $10. If we take in the 'equivalents,' tho bill would entail to the Gov ernment a cost of about $G,0UO,O00. Without the 'equivalents' it would be about $2,000,000. Tho pension question requires more study and discrimination than will be devoted to it, and a great deal is involved in it. Wo are not only passing laws for this year, but for the future. We may see a time when it will be more difii cult to meet the demand upon tho Treasury for pensions than now. We ought to pay the sol diers who suffered disability of various kinds in tho war just as much as tho Government can stand without' embarrassment. It is not tho question of paying to a man who has lost an arm or a leg the equivalent to him for such deprivation, because no money consideration can make good such damage. But we have to cousider simply what is fairly within tho means of the Government when wo take tiio pension list as a whole, aud every law passed must be considered with reference to its hearing upon the cntiro subject." Senator Chilcott, of Colorado, was asked for his views upon tho $-10 pension bill aud he said that he was in favor of it. There was great danger, ho knew, of the law being extended be yond tho limit intended when passed. Ho thought that sufficient safeguards should be provided to keep it within bounds and not let it run into a general $-10 pension to everybody. Still ho was in favor of the bill to give this amount to soldiers who had lost ax arm or a leg. Senators Jackson, Slater, Barrow and Cam den, all expressed themselves as opposed to tho bill, ostensibly upon the ground that tho Gov ernment could not allbrd to pass anymore great, sweeping pension laws, and also that the mea sure would cause dissatisfaction and work in justice to pensioners on account of the dili'erent rates of increase allowed. Senator Blair, a member of tho Pensions Committee, was asked what he thought about tho bill proposing to givo $-10 per month to each soldier who had lost an arm or a leg. Ho said ho did not care to express a very decided opinion upon the matter now, becauso it was ponding before his committee. Ho said ho doubted tho feasibility to mako so great an in crease as tho bill in question proposed at onee. and doubted whether it was to tho interests of the soldiers. There was a great howl in tho country and tho press about the enormous pension-roll, and it was declared to be a burden. In his opinion it was not burdensome, although large, and no ouo felt inconvenienced by tho payment of taxes which supplied thc money for paying pensioners. It camo out of the lux uries which were drunk and smoked, and out of India shawls, so that it was a voluntary con tribution practically on tho part of those who supplied it. There was a chance, however, that tho Democrats might como into power, aud then they would undoubtedly attempt to mako capital by attacking the pension list, which was characterized in many quarters as extrava gant. If, then, there should bo such a law enforced as tho ono proposed, giving $-10 for tho loss of an arm or a leg to all alike, this would bo ono of the first things to bo cut down, and in tho end tho soldiers would bo left with less than they have now in all probability. Person ally ho was rather in favor of granting an in crease for certain disabilities in preference to the sweeping advance proposed. Senator Van Wyck was asked what ho thought of tho bill to givo forty dollars to soldiers who had lost an arm or a leg in tho war aud ho said: " I will go far enough to bring it into tho Sen ato at any rate. I do not know what is best to do about it. It is a difficult question, and ono that will ho hard to settlo satisfactorily to tho pensioner and with justico to tho Government. Tho troublo is with tho system of rating; it should bo overhauled. I think wo ought to havo a new one. Now, if wo should pass tho bill giving forty dollars to every man who had lost an arm cr a leg, some who are now getting $o(! would then havo an increase of but $1; while there aro others who would como into tho $10 list who aro now getting only $3 ; and men who had lost a leg at tho hip joint would grumble because ho received no more than an other who had lost his below the knee. Then, again, thcro would bo men who had lost their aims above tho shoulder and another at tho wrisi-, and ono would say that his disability was greater than that of the other. Now, what aro wo going to do about cases of this kind ? It is impossible to pass a general law like tho ono proposed which will givo satisfaction to every body? Thcro aro other disabilities that aro far greater than thc loss of either an arm or a leg. Sttpposo a man becomes paralyzed through in jury received in thc army and is utterly help less? Suppose a soldier is suffering with con sumption, or is dying, day by day, front asthma, resulting from exposure or injury in tho army? Tiiero may bo thousands of such cases where tho disability is a great deal moro and harder to bear than in tho case of a man who may havo lost only a baud or a foot, and otherwise may be in tho enjoyment of good health. Still I am in favor of getting this bill out of tho com mittee and reporting it to tho Senate, where it can ba discusstd and somo final action taken upon it." The Remington typo writer is all that tho makers claim for it. Three machines aro con tinuously hi uso in this office, and they givo outire satisfaction. General Sherman's son, Thomas E. Sherman, who is preparing for tho priesthood at Wood stock ' Catholic) College, in Maryland, lectured in Baltimoro recoutly on "Tho Inquisition," his mother and his sister Eachel being among his hearers, SOME SIDE-SPLITTERS. What the Fnna7 Fallows are Sayins la tha Kotts pjpers. New stylo in hair: Barber "How will yen havo your hair cut, sir?" Man in chair "In silence." Sotlon Transcript. Not unlikely: " I don't say all I think," re marked Brown, when pressed for his opinion of tho representative of his district. "I should think you might," replied Fog, sand not bo pressed for time, either." Bottom Transcript. Out of tho frying-pan, etc. : Parson (to Ne'er-do-well) " What's this I hear, Giles that your wifa has left yon? Ah! this is what I " Giles "She might do worse than that, sir." Parson (shocked) "Worse!" Giles "She might come back again ! " London Fumh. A gallant reply : Miss Lucy (stopping oppo site fireplace) " Here's where you and I are to sit, Major." The Major " By Jove ! a rather warm place." Hiss Lncy "What! you a major, and can't stand lire?" Tho Major " Not at my bach, you know, Miss Lucy. London Punch. A mild conceit: How apt tho young people aro to pick up the jargon of trade. When. Biggs asked the fair Arethusa to marry him ot? hand, she pleaded embarrassment and asked for an extension. It was given her, but tho love-making business will go right on Boston Transcript. Hence these tears: "Why do they cry so much, pa?" asked the Austin editor's little boy at tho theatre, referring to the actors on the stage. " Becauso they see so many dead-head in the audience," replied the editor, scowling at tho rival editor in tho next row. Tczaz Sifiinys. Mrs. Partington and the judge: " Ara you tho judge of reprobates?" said Mra. Parting ton, as she walked into an office of a judge of probate. "I am a judge of probate," was tho reply. "Well, that's it, I expect," quoth tho old lady. " Yon see my father died detested, and he left soveral little infidels, and I want to be their executioner." Troy Times. A wife to be proud of: Bui lard Waterbury was calling attention to his shirt, which wai very neatly made aud which he said, with pride, was made by his wife. " Did sho mako the entiro shirt?" asked Gilhoolr, carelessly. " Every stitch of it." " Well, I didn't know. I heard that sho always collared and cuffed you, but I didn't know who made tho rest of tho shirt." Texas SiLings. A reliable contraband: "Here, Sam, is anoto I want yon to hand to Mrs. Eaton Mabeley when you aro sure nobody is looking," said an Austin society man to Sam Johnsing, colored. " Yes, sah," answered Sam, showing his ivorica. "And, mind, don't you whisper a word to a living soul." "You may jess rest easy aboui dat ar, boss. Yesterday I fetched dat eamo woman a letter from Colonel Percy Yerger. You can jess rest easy about my openin' my mouf." Texas Sifting. FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON. ALlttlo SometliiE About What is Qolns Oa In tho Religious World. Over seventy students were matriculated last year in the Anglo-Chinese College at Foochow, connected with tho Methodist Mission. Tho English Presbyterians are taking atepa to thoroughly equip a theological college in China for the training of native evangelists. It is estimated that over $106,000,000 wero given for benevolent and religious purposes by tho dili'erent denominations in thi3 country last year. The Bev. Dr. TitU3 Coan, known as "tho Apostle of the i-andwich Ldauds," where he haa resided for half a century and wielded a great influence with tho people, is dead. Mrs. Simpson, wife of tho Bishop, has pre sented the Simpson M. E. Church at Long Branch with an organ in acknowledgment of. the honor conferred, in naming it after hex husband. "Astronomical Christians" is what the Chrit' tian at Work calls those people who resolve to turn over a new leaf about the time the sun enters tho winter solstice. ".Religion," it say.i " should not bo made a thing of dates and timea and seasons." Sir Tatton Sykes, the wealthy English con- ' vert to tho Korr-an Catholic religion, proposes to build a magnificent cathedral at Westminster resembling the votive church of St. Saviour as Vienna, which has been erected recently to commemorate the escape of the Emperor of Austria from an assassin's hands. Tho number of Foreign mission stations of tho Protestant Episcopal Church i3 143, 3-1 of which are in Western Africa, 31 in China, 15 in Japan, 1 in Greece, M in Hayti, and 52 in Mex ico. Tho annual budget calls upon the meinberJ of tho church for $123,376.40 to support the missions during the present fiscal year. Within the last year the women of tho United States have given tho magnificent sum of $6&0, 000 for tho spread of the Gospel in heathen lands. Of this amount tho Presbvterians gave nearly $200,000; the Baptists, $156,000; the Congregationalists, $130,000; tho Northern Methodists, $103,000, and the women of tho Methodist Church South, $25,110. At Ogden, Utah, tho Fourth Baptist Church was dedicated on the Sunday preceding Christ mas Day. Tho Bev. Dr. Joll'rey went from Denver to preach the sermon. Paster Spencer mentioned to his congregation that the church, had cost nearly $3,000, all of which, excepj nearly $600, had been paid. Within a very few minutes the $600 was made up, and the sanctuary was dedicated, lieo of debt. PAP THOMAS. Tho rrcposod Purcliaso by CoBsrosi of s Ssuorlal Portrait. JFVow the Louintills Commercial. Congrcso very properly has in contemplation the purchase of a good portrait of Gen. George E. Thomas. This is the first movement made by tha Government to procure some suitable memorial of this great soldier, who won tho hearts of tha American people and gained the complete devo tion of his soldiers by a rare simplicity of char acter united with patriotism and military ge nius. Ho was ono of the few leaders who approached tho type of Washington. Such is tho estimate which affection attaches to his memory. A portrait is a small enough recog nition of his place in history. An essential featuro about tho portrait should be fidelity. That it should he executed in the highest do crreo of skill, lies in the nature of tho cade. Tho best kuown picture of Gen. Thomas which possesses these characteristics is that painted by Gen. S. W. Price, who served undier him and eujoyed his personal intimacy. In 1S69, a year before ho death of the original, Gen. Price, who happened to be in Washington City for some months, procured sittings irom Gen. Thomas, in order to execute a portrait for his own gratification. Thispicture a three-quar-length life-size was at onco recognized on all hands to be a superb presentment of Gen. Thomas in character and feature. Gen. Thomas himself frequently said that ho desired to ho remembered by tho painting of his friend. 16 caused great applause when lent by tho artist for tho deeoratioa of tho grand stand at two Reunions of the Army of tho Cumberland, which organization ordered a copy. Tha State of Minnesota caused another to be made by Gen. Price, and it is now in tho State-house at Minneapolis. This order was the last work ever dono by Gen. Price, who was stricken with total blindness something moro than a year ago. Gen. Garfield said of the portrait by our townsman : " No soldier of tho Army of tha Cumberland cau look upon it without feeling that ho beholds once more the ' Rock of Chicka mauga,' against which the waves of battle dashed in vain. You have done us all a service for which every soldier will thank you." Gen. J. D. Cox said that tho painting would bo the historic representative of the hero's bodily presence The special merit of Price's picturo is that it was painted from life, and under tho supervision of Gen. Thomas himself. It breathes in its very look tho assurance of its fidelity, having that which is necessarily lacking in portraits taken from a collection of photo graphs. It is not unlikely that tho picture by Uen. Prico will be selected by the committee. At all events the painting is well worthy of tha dignity. Tin Frederickton (New Brwiaeick', Can.) Ez porter says : " Nofcody can but admiro tho per sistent enterprise manifested by tho owners of St. Jacobs Oil in keeping the namo beforo tho public. It received a big 'send oil'' in tho IIousu tho other day by tho Hon. Mr. Perley, who warned his colleagues in tho Government of tho danger of Bear Killors receiving two bounties for ono noso ; tho judicious uso of the Oil causing rspid growth,"