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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE : WASHINGTON, D. C, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1897.
Tjffi flflTIOflHIl TpiiflE. (ESTABLISHED 1877.) PUBLISHED WEEKLY. ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR, INVARIABLY IN ADVANCE. SI months, 75 cents. No subscription for a less period received. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. MONEY Fciit us otherwise than by regis tered letter, postal money order, or draft on New York, will be nt the risk of the scnaer. AGEN'l.. We eiuiloy no agents. The a T10NAL.TKIUDKE h:t many voluuteer ennyaps rs and they me general 1 honest and fuituiul; but persons" i ho confine their subscript ions to them mubt be theit ow ii judjres of their iftspon sibiiitv. The i apcr will b sent only on tec ipt ol the"subscitioinrc. Alil)KKSli-. lti:.M5WAIA J5TC Ad dresses will be eliangcd as often :i desiieil, but each subciilM?r .-hould in (vnycuw' jrive the old as well as i ew address. 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C, DECEMBER GO, 1S07. is the number of this issue - 2i & of The National Trib- unij. lively sunscnoer should compare this with the number on the yellow add j ess slip containing his name. If that number is 85G, he has only one paper more coming to him. If 857, he will have two, and so on. lie will do us a favor by watching these closely, so as to know when his subscrip tion'expircs, that he may renew in time, and it will be to his interest, for theie are so many valuable serials now run ning through the paper that he will feel he cannot afford to miss a number. "We ask everyone, therefoie, to look at once at the address slip on his paper, and see how near it comes to 855. Last Monday the House Committee on Military Affairs left Chicago for "Viclcsburg, to examine the site of the proposed Military Park there. There is every reason to hope that it will warmly indorse the project The Washington, D. CY, Sentinel, the organ of the brewery and Ealoon-keepers of the District of Columbia, is especi ally virulent against pensions. Its editor was the friend of Capt. Yirz, and defended -him on Iiis trial. Representative Dovener, of "West Virginia,, speaks right out in meeting when lie says that no one could hope to be elected to anything in his State who would support the President's " blanket order," covering all of Cleveland's ap pointees under the Civil Service. The President has lately expressed some idea of greatly modifying that order. The best modification will be its total revo cation. Commissioner lyrans would print the names of pensioners. Jiighr. It was an unwisi ruling of the Buksuh which withheld the names of pensioners i'som the newspapers. Buffalo ErpNtf. Think of a paper printing such stuff. There never lias been any " ruling of the Pension JBureau wiiich withheld the names of pensioners from the news papers' On the contrary, any paper which lias wanted lists of pensioners could Lave them furnished daily or weekly, and hundreds of papers have for years been in the habit of printing lists of all allowances in their localities. It is impossible to follow up and expose all the falsehoods published agaiust the pension system. I. - . -. Japan officially informs us that she will make no opposition to the annexa tion of the Hawaiian Islands. Thanks, awfully. At the same time, we cannot help thinking that, with Russia gob bling up Korea and Port Arthur, and Germany Kaou Chau, with England and France meditating what their share of China shall be, Japan has a great deal to engross her attention nearer home than the middle of the Pacific. The present payment to -pensioners amounts to but $2 per head per annum for every man, woman and child in the country a very small sum compared to the incalculable benefits which have come to them from the pensioners' sac rifice of themselves for the sake of the country. In I860 the interest paid the bondholders amounted to $4.29 per head of the population of the country. This was paid in gold, when the average price of a gold dollar was $1.57.3, mak ing the average payment per head 6G.74 in greenbacks. In 18GG the interest paid the bondholders averaged $4.1 2 in gold ; in 1867 it was $8.84 in gold for every man, woman and child in the country. And so it went on. It was not until 1S77 that the interest paid the bondholders got as low as $2 per head of our population A PAIR PROPOSITION. Let anyone suggest any fair, practi cal test by whicli the integrity of the pension-roll can be determined, and not only THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE, but every other friend of the veterans, will welcome it, and give every possible assistance to make the test thorough and satisfactory. We are much more interested in the success of application of such a test than anyone else. We want it made to shut the mouths of these brawlers against pensions, and to convince the American people that their bounty is not misapplied. We are so confident that the result will be a glorious vin dication of the pensioners that we are anxious to have the pension-roll sub jected to the most searching examina tion that the worst enemy of the vet erans can suggest. We are willing to have it investigated by its strongest opponents. No test can be more severe than that applied to it by Cleveland. Hoke Smith, Lochren. et al. Now. you gentlemen who are filling the press with calumnies against the pension "system, say what test will satisfy you, and we shall advocate it. Stop befouling the whole mass of pensioners with odious suspicions and slanders, and come down to some prac tical test which will determine the truth of what you say. TUrtGlXG THE PENSION-ISOIX." We ask the men who arc clamoring so vociferously about " purging the pension-roll " to intermit their shrieking for a little, and give their thinking powers an opportunity. We earnestly invite their attention to the following plain questions : 1. Did we not have this cry of "purging the pension-roll" worked to the very last limit more than five years ago in the Presidential and Congres sional campaigns of 1892? 2. Did not the man who was then elected President make one of his chief cards his hostility to pensions, and his intention to institute the most searching investigation ? 3. "Was not the Congress which was elected with him overwhelmingly in favor of his position, and ready to give him all the assistance that he asked ? 4. Did not that President and Con gress make every possible effort to verify the calumnies which had been uttered and published against the pension-roll? 5. Did not Congress give the Presi dent money by the hundred thousand dollars 8400,000 in one appropriation to make every possible investigation? G. Did not the President exert himself as he did in no other way to make his assertions and Elanders good? Did he not put at the head of the Interior De partment and the Pension Bureau the very fittest men he could find in the whole country for such a raid on the pension system ? 7. Did he not pas3 the word along the line, through all the other Depart ments of the Government, to assist the Pension Bureau to the utmost in its campaign against the pensioners? 8. Did they not all obey this behest with alacrity and zeal, anxious to win the favor of the President and advance his political interests, as well as to gratify their own personal hostility to the Pension system ? 9. Did they not fill the land with Special Agents, with detectives and spies of all kinds? "Was not every pensioner put upon the rack and sub jected to a crucial examination and to an inquisition that frequently became terrorism ? 10. Was not the entire office force of the Pension Bureau put to the work of overhauling " reviewing and revising " the entire work of the bureau since the war, going over every case on the roll with a magnifying lens and a scalpel, to find reasons for rejecting it, and depriv ing the veteran of his pension ? Was not every " find " trumpeted to the world, and made the very most of by the soldier-hating press? 11. Did not this process go on for Jour long years ? time enough in all conscience for any investigation to have full scope ,and come to entire comple tion? Did it not last as long as it took to put down the rebellion ? 12. Can the most virulent enemy of the veterans suggest anything that should have been done that was not done? Did President Cleveland, Sec retary Hoke Smith or Commissioner Lochren fail in any single respect to do their utmost to discover fraud, 'and ex pose the undeserving? 13. Can any ono suggest more vigor ous, cruel or searching methods than they employed ? 14. Was not the result of their ,long continued, stupendous efforts, their lavish expenditure of money, the most humil iating failure in the history of the Government ? 15. Is it not, after the pension system has passed through such an ordeal, the supremest folly to prate of a " pension roll stuffed with frauds," and to clamor loudly for a "purging of the pension roll?" 16. Are there abler, shrewder, more vindictive enemies of the pensioners to be found in the country than Messrs. Cleveland, Hoke Smith and Lochren ? Can they have more unlimited power to investigate than they had? Can they be given more money and more time than they received? Gan they possibly accomplish what they so signally failed to discover? These questions- embrace the whole matter under discussion. We challenge the anti-pension shrieking cabal to suc cessfully auswer these interrogatories. 'I" I- ' BKTTARE OF GKISKK' KCAKTNG GTT"TS. The above warning has become a proverb. It is hoary with the passing of 25 centuries, but we commend it to the Picsident aud others who seem to be impressed by the plausible overtures of Spain to Cuba. The struggle in Cuba is getting tire some to many people. It has become stale as a sensation to the sentimental. It is a constant source of los3 (o the commercial classes and to our capitalists who have money invested in sugar lands. The smokers who are no longer able to get a decent Havana cigar from the famous fields of Pinar del Rio want the war to cease. There arc many conditions in the American temper, therefore, not favor able to the cause of Cuban freedom, and the Spanish Cabinet has not been slow to take advantage of the position with the proffer of autonomy. Spain herself must admit one of two things, however, if she intends to carry out the reforms: Either she lias been morally and practically defeated, and is compelled to make uncalled-for conces sions, or else she was wrong all the time and guilty of the abuses charged by the Cubans, and about which they went to war. If the former be the truth, then is Spain merely catching at a last straw. If the latter is admitted, then were Marti and Maceo martyrs to the cause of liberty. Whichever horn of the dilemma Spain may elect to take now, we do not believe she will ever grant the reforms promised, or consent to autonomous Government in Cuba. She promised the,same thing in 1878, when Martinez Campos met Go mez, Maceo, Cisneros, and the other in surgent leaders at Zanjon. Everything to secure representation in the Cortes, and local and self-government was promised then, aud every promise was broken. If the covenant of 1878 had been kept, the proclamation of 1895 would never have roused Cuba to arms again. All the blood and treasure squandered for the past three years is the price of Spanish perfidy. Jso human guarantee except physical force can insure the fulfillment of r Spanish promise. Germany has an Arbitration Board which seems to be effective in prevent ing strikes and settling labor disputes.. It is called an Industrial Court, and 13 composed of an equal number of repre sentatives of employers and .employes, and Is presided over by a Chairman ap pointed by each municipality. The representatives of employes are elected by universal suffrage of all employed in the trades concerned, who are 25 years old and older. As a specimen of its working there arose last August a dis putc in the great Borsing Iron Works, of Berlin, in whicli 30 molders and two core-makers complained that the prices were too low, and quit work. The strike threatened to throw out some 70,000 iron-workers. The Berlin In dustrial Court offered its services. It rendered its decision Oct. 5, which was not favorable to the men, but not un favorable. But all felt that the matter had been fairly considered, and the de cision waB acquiesced in. Something like that should be instituted in this country. Every working man is en titled to fair wages, and to be compen sated according to his ability and in dustry. The public have a right to insist that" this shall be done. That a great strike is certain to interfere vcrvy seriously with .people outside" of those directly involved gives ,tho public an- other right to be a party to the dispute. There should be pan Industrial Court which should investigate these disputes, ascertain where jifitjce to both employer and employe liesymd make the facts known to the pubises Then there would be no difficulty about securing to both sides all that rigljtnilly belongs to them. COMMISSIONER 1ANS ON FRAUDS. The newspapcrbjjomptly interviewed Commissioner Evans -in regard to the misstatements in the Jtfew York Sun's bro$Isirje assault on pensions, and he went into the matter very fully. Among other things, he said : We have thrown about the Pension Office sufficient safeguards to prevent any auch thing as fraud. Do not understand me as saying that frauds do not exist. The com t records prove that every day. We are ever on the alert for snch things, and when once we locate one we never let up in the prose cution. And so I say it is folly to state that more ''survivors are receiving pensions than there aie survivors." The people generally do not know what is required to obtain a pension. This office does not pension people simply because they say the3r were soldiers. We don't give pen sions away. The Commissioner then proceeded to outline what a man had to prove to get a pension. Speaking of frauds he said : Some time ago, I remember, complaints reached me of big frauds in the New York office. I tent an Examiner there and the wliolo office was investigated. We found five cases whero pensions were being issued to dead men. Those who were performing dead men's parts weie run down and bent to the penitentiary. Another case happened several weeks ago out West. A widow was drawing a pension as the relict of a soldier, as well as one lor her child. We had a re port of something crooked bore and investi gated. We found the widow bad married and thereby forfeited her right to pension; that the child was dead and she was still drawing its pension. Now, mark what this office did. The woman Avho certified to the fact that the woman who was drawing a pension as the relict of a soldier, wo learned, knew differ ently, having been at the second marriage of the pensioner. Further, that the two brothers of the alleged widow were present at the death of her child aud were still certifying to his 'existence. This office never let up one iota. They were all prosecuted and sent to the penitentiary. s These are merely illustrations, yet they tend to show how carefully this office watches for frauds, and how determinedly they are run down. THE DI.IEMIIKKIHENT OF CFIINA. j The partition of -China ha3 distinctly begun, and the .coming year will un doubtedly bring about as conscienceless a grabbing of that great Empire's terri tory and rich tradt as we have witnessed in Africa. Germany, crazy for " colonial exten sion and foreign commerce," has begun with as shameless an act of piracy as was ever perpetrated by one nation on an other in the lawless days of the Dark Ages. Under the pretext that some German missionaries had been mal treated at Kiao Chau, and, without de maud upon the Chinese Government, she sent war vessels thither, which capt ured the forts and reduced the important port to pos-ession. Then the German Kaiser solemnly annexes it to I113 Em pire, and sends his own brother thither, after a great deal of parade at Kiel, and several flamboyant speeches about con secrating his own dearly-loved kinsman to the work of building up Germany beyond the seas. The Russians have replied to this by sending their fleet to take possession of the important stronghold of Port Arthur, and it is understood that the English will "extend a protectorate" over the great Yang-Tse Valley, which is the richest and most important'part of China. The Yang-Tse River is 2,900 miles long, i navjgable for 1,200 miles, and has a basin of 548,000 square miles, in which are situated many very populous cities. So far, France has contented herself with approving of what her ally (Russia) has done, but undoubtedly she will soon demand her share there as vigorously as she lias in Africa. Her capture of Madagascar was almost as indefensible as -Germany's conquest of JCiao-Chau. The next problem is what Japan is going to say and do. She is deeply offended at Russia's occupation of Port Arthur, and it may precipitate hostilites between her and the Czar. The Englisb papers are very anxious that we should take some notico of Germany's high-handed act, and are quite sure that as, one of tho great mari time powers of the world we cannot view the matter with indifference. The meekness, however, with which we viewed Germany's outrageous bullying of Haiti cannot ' liie very reassuring to them. 1 There is pretty certain to be a very big war among the grabbers before the partition of China goes very far. It is' one that we can very well afford to bo entirely neutral in. AVhilo we can rep robate the inexcusable robbery of a Tveak people, yet there is no difference in the robbers, and we need not prefer any one to the others. Our business is to confine ourselves to a vigorous assertion of the Monroe Doctrine, and make sure that there shall be no grabbing this side j tho Atlantic It seems that it took quite a pro longed conference to decide upon the date of holding tho National Encamp ment at Cincinnati. The local commit tee had decided upon the week from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, but there was strong objections to this. It was just before pension payments by the Columbus office, and it lapped over from one month into another. The date finally fixed Sept. 5-10 is agreeable to all parties. Work of the Pension Olllco. The report of certificates issued for the week ending Dee. 21 shows Armyinva'lid: Original, 20; increase and additional, T5; reissue, 12; restoration and renewal, 11; duplicate, !; accrued, 02: total, 181. Army invalid (act June 27, 1800): Orii nal, 350; increase, 08; additional, 22; rc issue,2; restoration, 12; renewal, 2; sup plemental,, 3; duplicate, 7; accrued, 88; total, rri. Army widow, etc.: Original, 31; increase and additional, 1; restoration, 1; duplicate, 3; accrued, 2; total, 38. Army widow, etc. (act June 27, 1SH0): Original, 111; supplemental:, 1; duplicate, 3; accrued, 4; total, 120. Navy invalid: Original, 2; restorations and renewal,!; duplicate, 1; total, 1. Navy invalid (act June 27. 18-(!0); Origi nal 5; increase and additional, 3; accrued, 1: total, .0. Navy widow (act Juno 27, 1880): Original, Army Nurse: Original,!. Ind'an Wars- Survhors: Accrued, 1. Indian Wars 'Widows: Original, 3. Mexican War Survivors: Original. 1: In crease and additional, 2: total, 8. Mexican War widows- Original, 2. Totals: Original, 530; increase and addi tional, 151; reissue, 14; restoration and re newal. 30; supplemental, 4; duplicate, 23; accrued, 15G. Grand total. 017. PEflSOHMi. At the 38th annual meeting of the Ameri can Church Missionary Society, held at Philadelphia, Gen. Wager Swaync was re elected President.. Gen. Swayne went into the army as Major of the 42d Ohio, became its Colonel, was promoted to the command of a brigade, and lost a leg at the crossing of the Salkcbatchic River, in Sherman's march through the Carolinas. He has been for yeare one of the leading lawyers of New York City. PresidcntE. Benjamin Andrews, of Brown University, K. J., recently said in an ad dress that Gen. Lee was the ablest com mander on cither side during the rebellion. Department Conimander livingston Scott, ex Mayor Henry E. Ticpke, Senior Vice Commander S. W. K. Allen, Janior Vice Commander C. O. Ballou, and Medical Director George A. Peck have all taken him severely to task jn public speeches. A curious i-tory is developed by a bill in troduced by Senator Penrose, of Pennsyl vania, fc.r the relief of Geo. Francis, who served in Co- K, 07th Pa., under the name of Ilarman Francis. It seems that George's brother Ilarman enlisted in Co. -It, but could not stand tho racket, and came homo with the announcement that he intended to desert. To save the family honor, George look his brother's place and name, and served through the war. He was wounded at Bermuda Hundred. He now aslcs that a discharge bo given him in his own .name for the benefit of hfs children. William K. Morrison, who is about to re tire from the Inter-State Commerce Com mission, says that he will return to his home in Illinois and resume the practice of law. He is 72 years old, but not tired of working or of living. There was a report that ho intended running for Congress on an anti-railroad, anti-corporation platform, but he denies this. Miss Mary Robson Crouse, daughter of Comrade Crouse, formerly Representative from Ohio, has become engaged to David Marshall Mason, of London, son of the late Stephen Mason, Member of Parlia ment. PUSTEIJED OUT. Carney. At Idaho Soldiers' Home, Dan'l Carney, aged 71. Comrade Carney served in an Indiana regiment during the Mexi can war. Y hen he received his pension, with back pay, ho donated 5000 to the Home for a library and piano, not furnished by the State. Hoag. At Kent, Wash., N. p. Iloag, Co. F, llbth N. Y., aged 83. Comrade Hoag served 30 months, and at the time of his muster-out was a Sergeant. Col. Burnham Post, 7G, passed suitable resolutions. Van Clove. At Lincoln, Neb., Robert E. Van Clove, Co. F, 21ht Ind. 1 attety Com rade Van Clcvo was for several years a mail carrier. He was buried by Farragut Post. Ford. At Crystal Lake, III., Honry Ford, Co A, 30th III. Comrade Ford served from August, 18'H, to October, 1805. The funeral was conducted by Nunda Post, 220. Parke. At St. Charles, Jy., John S. Parke, Adjutant, 13(ilh U. S. p. T, aged 51. lie was honorably discharged Jan. 1, 1SU0. Wardwell. At Clinton, Ale, of disease contracted in the service, David S. Ward wen, Co. A, 20th Mc. Comrade Wardwell participated in all the battles in which his regiment was engaged. Ho was one of only 1 1 survivors of his company. At tho time of his death he was Senior Vicc-Com-mander of Billings Post. Clapp. At North Scitualc, Mass., Dec. 11, Charles W. Clapp, Co. It, 7th Mass., and Co C, 4th Mass. D. A., aged 02. He was a member of Geo. W. Perry Post, 31. More. At Los Angeles, Cab, Prof. Ira More, Captain in 33d 111. Suitable resolu tions were passed by Phil Sheridan Post, 7. Linne At San Jose, Cal , Frederick II. Linnc, Co V, 23J U. S. He leaves a widow and minor children. Taylor. In Culpoper County, Va., DecO, William T. Taylor. 12th Ohio. lie was well known through that section of the State as "Drown" Taylor Bear. At Orleans, Nob., George N. D. Bear, aged 50. Comrade Bear enlisted at Adeline, 111., Oct. 22, 1801. He was wounded at Shiloh and soon after discharged. He was Past Commander of Whitehead Post, 111 Mcintosh. At Ewing, Nob., John Mc intosh, Co. 11, 70th 111. Deceased was a member of Gen. Auger Post, 192. Bryant. At Westbrook, Mc., John Bry ant, 3d Me. Comrade Bryant was in the army over three years, and was three times wounded. Wing. At Allegan, Miqh., Malcolm II. Wing, aged 50. Comrade Wing first en listed in a three months company under President Lincoln's first call, and after his term had expired re enlisted in the 8th 111. C.'tv. Ho was mustered out as Captain. Dupey. At Grat-, Ky., Dr. Joseph Dupey, Co. It, Gtb Ky., and mouibor of Dr. Joseph Drake Post, 121. Dr. Dupoy was in the army over three years. Woodbury. At Amcsbury, Muss., Dec. 8, Capt. George T. Woodbury. Cant. Wood bury enlisted in a Philedalphia three months company at tho outbreak of the war. and afterwards commanded ,n New Jersey battery. He was a Knight-Templar, and member of tho American Legion of Honor and tho G.AJ. Williams. At Janesvillc, Wis., Dec. 7, W. F. Williams. Ho onlistod in 1801 in Go, I), 13th Wis., and served for two years, being mustered out on account of disabil ity. Cor..rado Williams was a highly rc spected citizen, holding various offices of public trust, among them those of County Clerk of tho Municipal Court of Janesvillo I anu iiqpuiy aiionu 01 ajocit uouuiy. 1 - s 5150, 5 k Veteran Copyright, 1807, by tlio pulilWieri of The Na tional TnmuxK. CHAPTER VI L Tho Nlsht Aftor tho Battle. Ifc was so desperately cold and comfortless that Si' and Shorty felt that they must do something or perish. There were some fragments of cracker boxes near. With these they dug a hole sev eral inches deep, put some splinters in and started a stealthy blaze. They were carefnl to sit on the side toward the rebels, the better to hide from them any sight of it. It was a very small tire, but there was more relief in it than Si had before gotten from those a thousand times larger. It kept his unshod foot from freezing, and brought the blood back to his numb hands. "Just think, Shorty," murmured Si, "night before last wc had a whole panel of fence on the fire, and all our blankets and overcoats, and yefc you kicked, Shorty. I believe this is a .judgment on you for not being thankful for what yon receive." " Judgment be blowed," ejaculated Shorty. "This ain't no judgment; it's just durncd AV - s The Luckv Find. luck that is, ivhatisn't'foolishness in sendin' a boy to mill. If we'd had only half as many men out there in the cedars as the .rebels had we'd licked thunder out of Jem. We simply couldn't whip Jour or live to one. McCook didn't size up his job right." "Well, we have something to be thankful for," said Si, determined to see the bright side of things. "Neither of us got hurt, which is a blessing." " Don't know whether it is or not. If we are goin' to freeze to death before niornin' I'd ratherVe bin shot the first volley." The misty darkness around them was filled with noise and motion. Men who had be como separated from their regiments were wandering aronnd trying to find them, in the bewildering maze of men, wagons, aud ani mals. Officers were calling aloud the names of regiments to bring together stragglers. Aids were rushing around to find Generals and Colonels to give and receive orders and instruc tions. Kegi ments and batteries were marching hither and yon to get into position and com plete the formation of the line for the morrow's battle. The 200th Ind., which had fallen back in good order with its brigade, was well together, mid made an island around which a restless sea of humanity llowed and eddied. Cheerless as was its bivouac in the cold mud, yet ifc was infinitely preferable to being lost in the inextricable confusion that reigued over tlio'Je cotton-fields on that sorrowful night of Dec. 31, 1SG2. " I'm not goin' to freeze to death," said Si, starling up, at Jasfc. "I'm going to look aiouud and see if I can't find something to make us more comfortable. Shorty, hold on to that hole in the ground. It's all that we've got left in the world, and if we lose that I don't know Avhat'll become of us. " Better stay here, and not go wauderin' oft" into that mob," remoustratcd Shorty." You'll git lost entirely, and never find your way back." "I'll not- get lost," responded Si. "I've got the lay o' the ground in my mind. ' ' If 1 did," he continued proudly, "ifc'd be easy to find you agin. Evcr3'body knows where the 200th Ind. is." He went only a little ways and carefully at first. He was rewarded by kicking against an object which upon examination proved to be a well-filled knapsack, which someone had Huns: away in his hurry. He carried it back, rejoicing, to Shorty. "Finders is keepers," said Shorty, un bnckling the knapsack. "We'll just call this fair exchange for what we've throwed away in to-day's hustle. Let's open her up." .' 'Some new recruit's," said Si, as they ex amined the inside. "Looks like the one I packed from Injianny. What's this? I declare, if it aint a pair o' now shoes, and about my size; and some socks. I tell you, Shorty, I'm in luck." He pulled the muddy sock off his shoeless foot, and dicvr on ono of the warm, home made affairs, aud then the shoe. Iloth fitted well. He put on the other sock and shoe, and life at once seamed brighter. " Shorty," said he, "I shouldn't wonder if I could find a blanket and an overcoat. You keep on holdiug that hole down, aud I'll go out agin. I won't be gone long, for I'm dead tiicd. Just a3 soon as I find an overcoat or a blanket to put between 113 and tiie mud, I'll come back and we'll lay down, livery joint in me aches." He started off less carefully this time! His new shoes made him feci more like walk ing. Ho was some distance fiQin the regi ment before he knew it. He found an oer coat. It had been trampled into the mud by thousands ot passing feet, bnt still ifc was an overcoat, and it was not a time to be toj nico about the condition of a garment. Presently he found a blanket in similar condition. He pulled on the oveicoafc, aud threw the blanket over his shoulders. Ho felt warmer, but they were very heavy. Still, ho thought he would go on a little ways further, aud per haps lie would fiud another overcoat and blanket, which would fix out both him and his partner. All this time men were sweeping by hira in companies, regiments and souuds, batteries wqre moving in all directions, and mounted Qiliccrs weie making tbeir way to and fro. Filling up the spaces between these were hundieds of men, single and in small groups, wanuering about in search of their regiments, aud inquiring of everyone who would stop to listen to them as to the whereabouts of regi ments, brigades and divisions. No one could give any satisfactory information. Organiza tions which had Jumied a line two miles long iu tho morning had been driven back, fre quently in tumult and disorder, for miles through the thickets and woods. Fragmen tary organizations had been rallied from time L to time. A fragment of a legnnent would rally at ono point with fragments of other regiments and make a saud, while other gi it TA u:-i--. fragments won Id rally at -widely separated places and renew the fight, only to be pushed back again toward the Nashville Pike. Lgi nients and brigades that had remained nearly intact had been rapidly shifted from one point to another, as they were needed, until the mind could not follow their changes, or where nightfall had fonnd them, or whither they had been shitted to form the ncwline. At last Si succeeded in picking np another overcoat and blanket out of the mnd, and started to go back to the regiment. But where was the regiment? nc had long since lost all track of its direction. Ho had Ixecn so intent npon studying the ground for thrown-away clothing that he had no noticed the course he had taken. It suddenly dawned on him that he was buf one drop in that great ocean of 35,000 men, surging around on the square miles lying between the Nashville Piko and Stone River, ile looked abont, but could see nothing te guide Inm. in3 eyes rested everywhere on dark masses of moving men. Those imme diately around him were inquiring ireariedlr for their own regiments; they had patient to answer inquiries as to his own. Discour aged, he determined to walk as straight ahead as possible in the direction which he had come, and see where that would bring him. Ho was so tired that he could scarcelv drag on. loot after another, but he plodded on. At length he drew out of the throng a little, and saw that lie was approaching the banks of a large stream. This disheartened him. for they had not been within miles of- Stone Liver during the day. He saw a group of men huddled aioniid a larger tire than had been permitted near the front. Tin's, too. was discouraging, for it showed that he had been forging toward the rear. But he went up to the group and inquired: "Do any o' you know where the 200th Ind. is?" The men had become wearied out answer ing similar qnestions, and were as cross as soldiers get to bo under similar circum stances. "The 200th Ind," snapped one; "better go back to the rear-guard and inquire. Tho straggler-ketchers ' e got 'em." "No," said another; "they skipped out before the rear-guard was formed, and were all drow ned trying to swim the Cumberland." "They say the Colonel went on foot." said a third, "and was the first man in thcregiment io reach Nashville. Made the best long-distance run Qn record." "You infernal liars," roared Si; "if I wasn't so tired I'd lick the whole caboodle of you. But I'll say this : Any man who says that the 200th Ind. run, or that onr brave Colonel run, or that any man in ifc run, is a low-down, measly liar.'and hain't a grain o' truth in him, and he daresn't take it np." It was a comprehensive challenge, thafc would hare met with instantaneous response at any other time, but nov the men were too exhausted for such vanities as fisticuffs. " O, go off and find your railed, lousy Hoosiers," they shouted in chorus. ltGo talk to the Provost-Marshal about 'em. He's got the most of 'em. Hie rest are breaking for the Wabash as fast as their leg3 can carry them. Don't he bothering us "about that corn-cracking, agery crowd!5' "Whererd you leave your regiment, you chuckle-headed straggler? " "'You were so rattled you couldn't tell whicli way they went.' "Where's your gan ?" "Wlierc's your cartridge-box and haver sack ? " Where's your cap ? " "You were so scared you'd a' throwed away yonr head if it'd been loose." "Clear out from here, yon dead-beat." Si was too sick at heart to moro than re solve thafc he would remember each one of them, and pay them off at some more con venient time. He tnrncd and walked back as nearly as possible in the direction in which he had come. He knew thafc his regiment was at the front, and he had been forging to ward the rear. He knew vaguely that the front was somewhere near the Nashvjlle Pike, and as he wearily wound around and through the bewildering masses, he inquired only for the Nashville Pike. He reached the Pike at last, just as he was sinking with fatigue. The dreary rain had set in again, and he had determined to give the thing up, and sit down and wait for morning. He saw a feeble glimmer of light at a distance, and decided to make one more effort to reach it, and inquire for Iris regiment. "Partner, have you any idee where the 200th Ind. is? " he said meekly to the man who was cronching over the fire in the hole. " Hello, Si." said Shorty. " 1 had given vou up long ago. Of course you went off and got lost iu that mob as I told you yon, would. Next time you'll have sense enough to mind what I sav." "O, Shorty," "groaned Si; "don't saj nothing. I've nigh walked my legs offen me. I think I've tramped over every foot of ground betwixt here and Overall's Crick. But I've brought back two overcoats and two blankets." "That's bully," answered Shorty, muci mollified. "Say, I'e got an idee. D'you sec thafc white thing over there? That's a wagou. , The mules 've been taken away, and it's been standing there for an honr. Fve seen the .Lacutenanis anu me wucu,r-w- w n' i. i TV Si SorrnEssES Indignation. geant sneak back there, and I know what they'ic up to. They're goin' to sleep in the wagon. Of course, they're officers, and got the first pick. But wo kin lay down under it, and get out of the rain. Besides, it looks as if the ground was drier up there than ifc is down here." Thoy slipped quietly back to the wagon, and were lucky enough to find a little hay in the feed-box, which they could lay down to spread tbeir blankets upon. They pulled the tail-gato off and set it np on the side from which the rain was coming. "There," said Shorty, as they crawled in. " Si, what'd yon do without me? Ain't I a comfort to you every minute of your life ? " "You certainly are, Shorty," said Si, aa ht fell asleep. (To be continued.) Speaker Tom Eeed seems anxious t succeed to the National honors enjoyed by the late Y. S. Holmau as thj "wntoh-dof of the Treasury." Hel stopping more appropriation Holman ever succeeded in doing. . '.-V V k l V 1 vV&T VysSit ySzL M ff 'Ik ra$A fflyffi J-r -17ssO v' r .1