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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: "WASHINGTON D. G, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1898.
Inquiries Answered and Sug
fAll communications for this column should
be accompanied by the true numc and correct
ad dies of tbc inquirer. The reply, however,
will be marked as may bo desireu. No attention
vtill be yiven to anunvmoUt inquiries. It no ro
ply Is printed within three weeks, write araia.
W. II. I?., Sparta, N. J. A person is
certainly entitled to reasonable compensa
tion for servico to a pension claimant in
writing letters, etc., but just to what ex
tent and in what manner can best be de
termined by inquiry of the Commissioner of
Pensions, marking the letter of inquiry for
the "Law Division."
F. 13., Owosso, iMich. There is no Fed
eral law protecting property of fsiy sort
bought with pension money or exempting
the same from taxation by the States.
S. II. W., Finckneyviile, III. A pension
claimant may amend h.s claim at any
time by the addition or withdrawal of dis
abilities or by explanatory statements.
Al. A. P., Sehnsgrovc, Pa. When an in
valid pensioner under the general law is
allowed a less rate than he has applied
for, it is evident that the Pension Bureau
does not regard the evidence in the case as
showing title to the special rate sought for.
It may be that the medical examination
had in the case had much to do with the
action of tho Bureau in fixing the rate. A
person subject to frequent and sudden at
tacks of disability due to the service, which
require tho presence and assistance of
another person to aid and care for him
until the attack passes oil, is probably en
titled to the S50 rate for the "frequent and
periodical" personal aid and attendance of
O. C, Plymouth. You are mistaken.
Order 225 of Commissioner Lochren and its
Bystem of ratings of invalid pension under
tho act of June 27, 1890, still stand unre
voked. There is no fixed rating for fistula.
The prospect of any general pei s.on legis
lat.on at tho present session of Congress is
bel eved not to be good.
H. II. P., Joplin, Ho. Under the gen
eral pension law the widow can obtain
Eension during the period of her widow
ood, even though she does not apply
until after her remarriage. The children
of the soldier under the age of 16 at the
date of her remarriage would be entitled to
the pension from that date until they be
come 16. If the second husband of the
widow dies and she can establish a t.tle to
pension on account of his service, he hav
ing been a soldier, the fact that she drew
pension on account of her first husband
does not debar her from pension on account
of the second husband.
S. L., Brooklyn, N. Y. Soldiers who
6ervcd in New "iork regiments can ohtain
from the State Adjutant-General, at Al
bany, free of charge, substantially the
same information relathe to their service
that is borne on the records of the War De
partment as to their enlistment and final
J. G. M., Madison, Ind. There is no
special form of appeal prescribed in bring
ing rejected pension cases to the attention
of the Secretary of the Interior. The ap
peal may be in the form of a letter, properly
describing the claim and setting out what
is believed to be the error of the Pension
Bureau. It is impossible to say what the
chances of success arc in appealing a
given case. It frequently happens that an
apparently plain case proves unsuccessful,
because, owing to the regulations of the
Pension Bureau, an appeal must neces
sarily be taken without a full knowledge of
and the opportunity to controvert all the
evidence and "confidential information"
on file in the case.
Yirden, 111. "Widows arc entitled to pen
sion under the general law without regard
to the date of marriage to a soldier. But
the soldier's death must be shown to be
duo to his service. To obtain pension
under the act of June 27, 1830, ivhich does
not require widow or children to show the
soldier's death to be due to his service, the
widow must have been married to the sol
dier before June 27, 1830.
S. V. S., Lorraine, Tcnn. To be rated
as a commissioned officer under the gen
era pension law it must be shown that the
claimant was a commissioned officer when
the disability alleged originated. It is not
sufficient that tho soldier was afterwards
promoted to the grade of commissioned
B. F. F., Winthrop, Me. A certificate of
honorable service, usually called a "dupli
cate discharge," can be obtained from the
War Department only by the soldier him
self and not by his widow or other heirs.
If within four months after desertion from
one command during the late war, a sol
dier again enlisted, but not for the pur
pose of procuring bounty or other gratuity,
whether local, State or Government, or fee
as substitute, to which he would not have
been entitled under his original enlist
ment, and served faithfully thereafter and
was honorably discharged, tho charge of
desertion may be removed.
D. L., Chepstow, Kan. If a claim for in
crease of pension filed five years ago has
never "been heard from, it would seem that
it has been overlooked. An inquiry filed
in the Pension Bureau, especially through
a member of Congress, would probably se
cure some information as to its where
abouts. There is no law entitling a sol
dier of the late war to $12 per month be
cause he is C5 years old. Assistant Secre
tary Davis, of the Interior Department, has
ruled that an applicant for invalid pen
sion under the act of June 27, 1830, shall in
general be regarded as entitled to at least
the SO rate if he is 05 years of age.
M. J., Fort Wayne, Ind. When an origi
nal discharge has become illegible or has
fallen to pieces, a so-called "duplicate dis
charge," or certificate of honorable service,
provision is made for the issuance of
"duplicate discharges" on parchment.
T. T. E., Terre Haute, Ind. It is not
true that "50 is the lowest rating on anv
one disability." Six dollars is the lowest
rating for-any pensionable degree of dis
ability. Pension is granted for tho dis
ablement and not for the cause of the dis
ablement. New Subscriber, C. D. The widow of a
soldier of the Hegular Army, discharged
since the war of the rebellion, and who died
of disability due to his service, would be
entitled to pension under the general law
G. P., West Carrollton, O.The act of
Juno 27, 1830, is not a "pauper" pension
law. Tiie question as to the means of
hupport of applicants for invalid pension
under that law is not taken into consider
ation, and widows are barred under the
law only if they have an income, inde
pendent of their own labor, that is greatly
In excess of, say, SI 00 per year.
G. P. G.f Coal City, Ind. Neither widow
nor children are entitled to pension under
the act of June 27, 1830, if the widow, the
mother of the children, was married to the
soldier subsequent to June 20, 18C0.
B. W., Quincy, 111. Tho fact that the
children of a soldier have become 10 be
fore the granting of tho pension to the
widow does not entitle them to the addi
tional rate allowed the widow on account
of the children for the period of their pen
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v. v.. .. ., vJiiuiiu, ixi. jl mo out-i
break of the war of the rebellion the pay of
ovrgeaius. virporais ana privates of cav
alry, artillery and infantry was S16, S13
and $11, respectively; by act of Aug. 0, 1861.
It was provided that tho pay of the pri
vates in the Regular Army and volunteers
in the service of tho United States be S13
-per month for three years from and after
the passage of this act, and until other-
1M5,ofixctl,!)y Iaw; ,asUy. by act of June
20, 18-1, the pay of Sergeants was in
creased Co $20, that of Corporals to S18, and
that of privates to $10, all to date from May
G. 13., Penn Yan, N. Y. Tho general
law r.ito of invalid pension for total deaf
ness of one car and severe of the other is
S25 per month; that for loss of sight of one
.eyo is $12, and that for loss of an eye is
517. A pension claim is specially ex
amined to moro satisfactorily determine
Its merits. There may be a suspicion of
Iraud or misrepresentation, or it may be
.that the rase is tco -tronglv proven to b
rejected and yet not so stronglv proven
juat tuo tension Bureau feels warranted!
-iji ue uuuimeu upon application to tne
"Chief of the Itecord and Pension Office,
War Department, Washington, D. C." No
in its allowance without some special in
quiry. J. I?. K., Snohomish, Wash. A volun
teer entering the military service for three
years in July, 1862, must have served two
years under h.s enlistment or have been
discharged for wound or injury incurred in
the service and. lino of duty, to be en
titled to tho full $100 bounty.
D. II., Philadelphia, Pa. If an applica
tion for restoration of pension has been
tiled in due form in the Pension Bureau, it
should be heard from within six months
T. M. W., Seligman, Mo. The Board of
Pension Appeals of the Interior Depart
ment appears to be fully five months in
arrears with the work of considering the
appeals that have been filed.
E. L. A., Delaware, O. The act of June
27, 1890, is substantially a service pension
law, and is based upon a principle which
was recognized by the U. S. Government
as early as May 15, 1778, when Congress,
by resolution, provided a half-pay pension
for military officers of the Revolutionary
army, irrespective of their incurred dis
ability in the service. The service pen
sion principle has been observed through
out the subsequent pension legislation and
nas ueen applied to every war ot conse
quence in which the United States has
been engaged. Material relative to the act
of 1830 may be found in the debates of
Congress as appearing in the Congressional
Record for the period covering tho process
of enactment of that law.
L. C., Hastings, Neb. In making appli
cation for commutation of rations for
period of furlough, the claimant should
give dates, as near as possible, if the fur
lough itself is missing.
J. M. Y., M.lton, W. Va. All increases
on account of pensioned disability com
mence from the date of favorable medical
examination had after the filing of tho
application for increase.
A. 13. E., Lake Benton, Minn. It is im
possible to say what, if any, evidence
would be deemed sufficient to prove un
true what a claimant himself has staled
even if the statement was not under oath.
An appeal to the Secretary of the Interior
may be simply a letter so addressed
properly describing the claim, and setting
out the reasons for the appeal.
u. A. A., Hartford, Ky. When, after
medical examination and the filing of evi
dence showing degree of disablement, a
claim for invalid pension under the gen
eral law is rejected on the ground that the
rating thereunder would not exceed the
rate of pension under the act of June 27,
1890, which the claimant is drawing, it is
evident that the rejection is based on the
view taken by the Pension Bureau of the
medical examination and the evidence as
a whole, and either further evidence should
be filed or an appeal taken to the Secre
tary of the Interior.
SOflS OF VETERANS.
Loyal Young Men and Their Great
NEW YOliK DIVISION'.
Past Capt. Joseph M. Uiyman, Penn's
Groe, N. I'., wrues: "Lieut, iulwaru 11.
Uieeii Camp, 33, was mustered in Novem
ber, ISDo, oy Col. A. L. bparKs, and haa a
cnarter membership of in). Ue now have
4o members, all ot whom belong to the
Death Benefit Association. Vie are armed
and equipped and have a fund ol nearly
$5u0. At tne last three inspections we re
ceived yj, 100 and 100 per cent., going
through tho degree work with the ritual
utiuer key. We are making an effort to
win the silk pennant the Division has
ofiercd to the Camp showing the most gain
this quarter. e have tdded seven to our
roll ana are trying to get 10 or more. We
bchee the Division will gain 100 this
quarter, as the Camps are putting forth an
"Camp li'6 is classed among the foremost
Camps of the Red Diamond Division, and is
composed of hustling young men who
have not joined the Sons of Veterans for
merely individual gain or honor, as is so
often the case, but for the advancement of
one of the noblest of patriotic Orders.
"We are equipped as an infantry Camp
and from present Indications next Me
morial Day will find us at the service of
the G.A.R. with a squad of artillery at
tached to the Camp. We have the hearty
support of Post 33, and every meeting
night finds some of its members present
with us.. Last year we had 47 visits from
the old veterans, including Commander
Stebbins, of the Department of North Caro
lina and Virginia.
"Fall in line, brothers, with Camp 33, and
let's make a charge on these sons who are
not members of the Order charge along
the whole line Commander-in-Chief Dar
ling will lead us, and by 1900 we will have
a membership of 100,000. The National
Tribune is an ever-welcome visitor to many
of the homes of the boys of 33, and they
wish to extend to you their most sincere
thanks for the untiring efforts in behalf of
the Sons of Veterans."
Commander J. M. Diven has forwarded to
National Headquarters the report of the
Adjutant of the New York Division for the
quarter ending Sept. 30, 1897. At tlic be
ginning of the term there were in good
standing 101 Camps, with a membership of
3,070. Four Camps and 201 members were
gained by muster, two members by trans
fer, and 12 Camps and 305 members by
reinstatement. Twenty-seven Camps and
581 members were suspended, while the
loss by deaths, discharges and transfers
amounted to 21. This leaves the member
ship 3,002. Commander Diven does not
consider the suspended Camps lost; many
have already sent in reports and per capita
tax and been reinstated. Four new Camps
and 100 members have been mustered dur
ing the present quarter, and the next re
port is expected to show a lar,jc gain for
the New York Division.
Col. Diven, in last General Orders, says:
"We strongly urge Camps to make it a
practice to visit neighboring Camps as
often as possible. Especially should the
strong Camps visit the weaker ones. Noth
ing will have a greater tendency to keep
alive the interest in the Order or to awaken
new interest. Members of tho strong
Camps will perform a creditable duty by
.strengthening the weaker Camps and
at the same time they will not only have
a sense of duty performed but will im
prove their own Camps as well. Noth
ing docs as much good as to do good
unto others, and in helping others you will
unconsciously help yourselves. By doing
good deeds you will increase your own
interest in and ardor for the work of the
Order. These visits should. partake enough
of the social nature to be pleasant. At tho
same time other objects should be kept in
view; they should be instructive. If Camps
arc disposed to keep up in the ritualistic
work, we advise the working of the de
grees by home Camp and visiting Camps,
liaeh will get some good points from tho
other, as there is no Camp so poor in its
work that what It has some good feature or
features. Thus by comparison all will im
prove and the standard of work in the
Order will be raised.
"It is recommended tho local associa
tion be formed. They should have as
their object, sis well as the building up of
the old Camps and improvement of their
members, the acquisition of new members
and new Camps. It is hardly possible but
what thero is material for new members
and new Camps in any given territory, and
these it should be the object of neighboring
Camps to bring into the Order. Tho map of
the State shows scores of good towns that
now have no Camps and there are scores of
others where tho number of Camps or
membership in Camps is oddly dispropor
tionate to tho eligibility of residents.
There are three entire Counties in tho
State, one of them containing a city with
a population of 40,000, that have no Camp.
Indeed, the field for recruiting is almost
limitless. Study the tcrritorv in your
vicinity, where there is no Camp, find out
why. and then try to form one. If vou find
weak Camps in your neighborhood, do all
you can to strenghten and build them up."
DIVISION h SAT-SHOTS.
An invitation having been extended to
join with tho Grand Army of the Republic
in an effort to secure National legislation
furthering the interests of military instruc
tion in the public schools, the Commander
in Chief has detailed to take charge of the
matter Brother Charles A. StillSngs, ..f
Boston. It is desired that Division Com
manders at once select tomeone in the'r
respective Divisions to assist in this work,
reporting names and addresses to the
above-named brother, and also to Cupt.
Edmund L. Zalinski, U. S A., retired,
Century Club, New York City. The En
campment indorsed, by resolutions, tin's
proposed legislation, and, while a com
mittee vas not expressly authorized, this
means was taken to further the success of
Judgc-Advocate-Ge.neral Edward K.
Gould has been authorized to prepare a
digest of such decisions of Commanders-in-Chief
and opinions of Judgc-Advocatcs-Gencral
as are now in force.
The members of Gen. John W. Noble
Camp, 51, St. Louis, aro unanimously in
favor of annexing Hawaii. At a recent
meeting resolutions were passed indorsing
tho action of Capt. G. C, Wiltzo Camp, 4,
Honolulu, and Hawaiian Chapter, No. 1,
Sons of tho American' Revolution, in ask
ing that the United States annex tho
Islands. Copies of the resolution have been
forwarded to members of Congress from
Vern Carr, First Sergeant, writes that
Division Chaplain Rev. Horace G. Ogden
has inspected Julian A. Robbins Camp,
262, Warsaw, Ind. Several members of tho
G.A.R. were present and witnessed the
muster of two recruits. At present the
membership is only 23, but from one to
three members are being mustered each
Past Capt. C. L. John, of Camp 34, Mt.
Carmel, recently inspected Pollock Camp,
121, Milton, Pa. Col. Scott, Inspector
Briggs and Adjutant Hopkins were pres
ent. Commander E. E. Schoening has sent to
National Headquarters the report of the
Adjutant of tho Missouri Division for tho
last quarter. A net gain of 58 is shown.
At date of previous report tho Division had
35 Camps with a membership of 799. Ono
Camp and 57 members wero gained by
muster, two members by transfer, and two
Camps and 38 members by reinstatement.
Five members received honorable dis
charges and 31 wero suspended, leaving
the present number 38 Camps and 857 mem
bers. THE CW AMY.
What Veterans Are Doing for
Good of the Order.
A very successful Reunion of veterans
and their families was held at Los Gatos,
Cal., Dec. 8, under the auspices of tho
Central California Veterans' Association.
The G.A.R., W.R.C. and S. of V. were each
well represented. Gen. Sheridan Camp
made a splendid showing when it marched
into the hall, and the boys were cheered to
the echo by tho veterans. Officers were
elected as follows: Pres., D. A. Coates;
V.-Ps., Mrs. Lou Tripp, J. M. Reynolds,
Mrs. G. W. Hanson, Mrs. Carrie Hailstone
Malley; Sec, B. F. Tabler; Ass't Sec, W.
Glenn Walker; Trcas., Mrs. G. W. Hoff
man. Chamberlin Post, 1, St. Johnsbury, Vt.,
claims to have the oldest member of tho
Grand Army in tho person of "Uncle"
Loren W. Young, Co. D, 1st Vt. Cav. Com
rade Young enlisted in 1801, at tho age of
58 years, and served faithfully with his
regiment until the end ol the war. Ho
celebrated his 91lh birthday recently, and
on that occasion nearly all the members of
his Post, the W.R.C. and S. of V., called.
He is still activo and in good health.
Barker Post, 104, Orchard City, Ark., has
been mustered with 21 charter members.
Other comrades living in the neighborhood
have promised to affiliate and the new
organization starts out with good prospects
of success. The following are officers:
Coin., D. L. Kast; S. V. C, J. M. Beards
ley; J. V. C, A. A. Ellis; Adj't, D. T. Sul
livan; Q. M., J. E. Perkins; O. D., A. E.
Chadwick; O. G., J. F. Daly; Chap., A. A.
Chase; Surg., W. Zimmerman.
Ransom Post, St. Louis, has unanimously
indorsed Andrew G. Peterson for next Com
mander of tho Missouri Department. A
circular letter issued by the Post says:
"He is a comrade who has never turned a
deaf ear to an appeal from an old soldier,
but who has gone out of his way to render
him service, and whose active work of
more than 13 years in the ranks of tho
Crand Army has endeared him to every
veteran of St. Louis."
DEPAUTMKNT OF OHIO.
Thomas A. Burns, Aid-dc-Camp, Ver
sailles, O., writes: "At a meeting of Old
Guards Post, Dayton, about one hundred
comrades were present, including Depart
ment Commander Henry Kissinger, Ass't
Adj't-Gcn. W. II. Bussard and a number of
the Department staff. The subjects of the
early campaign on the Mississ-ippi, battles
of Shiloh, Island No. 10, and Corinth, were
taken up in their order, and anyone who
had participated was requested to give his
experience. It was ono of the best meet
ings it has ever been my good fortune to
attend. Comrade Bussard, Assistant Adjutant-General;
Comrade Oscar Sheppard,
Senator-elect Third District; Comrade
Peter Skenbcrry, Aid, and many others
participated in these reminiscences.
"I have visited quite a number of Posts
in this Department, and while a few of
them arc on the decline, owing to tho age
of comrades and want of facilities for
traveling to and from meetings, yet a largo
majority are in excellent condition. Noth
ing appears to revive the old veterans so
much as regular meetings at their Posts
and reading The National Tribune, so
earnestly devoted to their interests."
Neal Post, 62, Sidney, 0., recently gave
a Campfire in honor of the comrades of
Kile Post, 41, Wapakoncla. Over two
hundred wero present. The affair was a
X.nHci of the G.A.R.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Flora M.
Daney, of Duluth, Minn., tho Ladies of the
Grand Army arc gaining ground in mem
bership and territory. Tivo Circles have
recently been formed under National juris
diction, Addie J. B. Carr, No. l,at Pittsficld,
N. II., and Ellsworth, 2, at New Orleans,
The Department of Illinois has 31 Circles,
with a membership of 1,078 and 479 vet
erans as honorary members. Department
of Colorado and Wyoming is growing
rapidly, having now 10 Circles. Its mem
bership is most active and zeajous in
work for the soldier and his dependent
ones. Pennsylvania has about ono hun
dred and twenty-five Circles. Kansas is
forming new Circles and spreading the
The goods advertised in this newspaper
are for sale by home merchants. You can
get the right thing by pressing your demand
gently but firmly
New Soldiers' Mnuumrnr.
New York City is about to erect a hand
some memorial monument to the sold'crs
and sa-lors of tho Into war on Harlem
Bights, 1,000 feet north of Grant's Tomb,
on Riverside Drive, making this location a
vcritablo Mecca of patriotism. The site is
an admirable one, overlooking the North
and East Rivers, andean be seen for miles.
The monument will cost 8250,000, and will
be tho handsomest one in the country.
The Only One.
"Is there a man in all the audience," de
manded the female speaker on woman's
rights, fiercely, "that has ever done any
thing to lighten the burden resting on liis
wife's shoulders? What do you know of
woman's work? Is there a man here," she
continued, folding her arms and looking
over her audience with superb scorn, "that
has ever got up in tho morning, leaving
his tired, wornout wife to enjoy her slum
bers, gone quietly down stairs, made tho
fire, cooked his own breakfast, sewn the
missing buttons on tho children's shoes,
darned the family stockings, scoured the
pots and kettles, cleaned and filled tho
lamps, swept tho kitchen, and done all
this, if necessary, day after day uncom
plainingly? If there is such a man in this
audience, let him stand up. I should like
to see him."
And far back in the hall a mild-looking
man in spectacles, in obedience to the sum
mons, timidly arose. Ho was the hus
band of the eloquent speaker. It was tho
first chance ho had ever had to assert him
self. ritKiS TO INVALID LADIICS.
A sail', Mtnple Home treatment that cured menacr
years uf Miiferlng with uteri nu troubles, dispiiico
nientx. iim. Tum, eta, Kent fieo to iudies with full
instructions i.uw to usolt. Addresa ilus. L. IIuukut.
bouf Jlead, lud. '
GEOKGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL.
The Executive Conuiiittcc of the George
Washington Memorialp-Vlrs. Ellen A. Ricli
ardson, of Boston, Chairman, and Mrs.
Susanna Phelps Gago, Ithaca, N. Y., Sec
retary held a meeting at Washington,
recently, to further perfect tho organiza
tion, and the outlook is very encouraging
for an activo prosecution of tho com
mendable work. Nearly all tho National
associations of women are represented on
the Executive Board by their Presidents.
Tho project in connection with the George
Washington Memorial is io got every wo
man's society in tho United States to hold
a meeting some timo before Fob. 22, 1898,
in order to sccuro contributions to a Me
morial Building to be erected at Washing
ton, and which may be used for tho Ad
ministration Building of a United States
University when it shall have been estab
There aro committees on the organiza
tion of schools and colleges, also on nor
mal and high schools, and one on the or
ganization of children in the schools
throughout the country. A special program
for the children has been prepared for tho
celebration of Washington's Birthday.
To the Giand Army and Relief Corps, so
long engaged in systematic work of pat
riotic instruction, this movement especi
ally appeals, and they, above all other or
ganizations, arc in position .to give activo
aid and encouragement to the project.
DKPAKTMKNT OF OHIO.
Past Department President Sarah M. E.
Battels hos returned to active service in
the Ohio W.R.C. Sho is a generous con
tributor to local relief at her home, Akron.
Dcfartmcnt Inspector Lillian Palmer
was the recipient of many social attentions
in connection with the discharge of her in-
THE RELIEF GORPS
News and Gossip j. of the Great
"""jSTakino a Formidable Showing."
spection duties. Tho experience of her
associates has also , ben pleasant, and
they report not only good work, but real
fraternity among Ohio.Corps.
Bowers Corps, Geneyailiad the honor of
having "Mother" Ransom, now an inmate
of the National Relief Corps Home, near
Geneva, at their annual1 inspection and its
attendant festivities. Assistant Inspector
Ilattic Wilson, of Warren,', O., officiated, and
a fine reception in her honor was followed
Cincinnati is preparing to take caro of
3.r0,000 veterans and their friends at the
Encampment of 18C8. A grand industrial
parade will vary the festivities of the week,
and let tho soldiers -sec how tho city has
developed since the Sixties.
Old Guard Corps, Dayton, the site of the
National Soldiers' Homo, has indorsed Past
President Vesta J. Shoemaker for Depart
ment President, and will present her name
before the next Convention. She has been
continuously in service in Corp3 and De
partment offices since the organization of
the Department, in 1S8-1, and would make a
thorough and capable chief executive.
At the 31st anniversary of ForsytFJ Post,
Toledo, named in memory of George Dun
ran Forsyth, a boy soldier of the 100th Ohio,
shot by a guard. in Li bby Prison in 18G1,
and wh'ch has numbered in its member
ship Gen. James B. Stcedman, Gen. J. W.
Fuller, and many other distinguished Ohio
soldiers, Comrade Wm. Eckert, delegated
for the purpose, paid a handsome tribute
to Forsyth Corps, which did its first work
as an auxiliary in 1878, and has continued
in active servico ever since.
OHIO DISTRICT CONVENTION.
Mrs. Frances A. Prophet, in a pleasant
account of tho Third Ohio District Con
vention, a district comprising the Corps of
Allen, Auglaize. Hancock, "Hardin, Put
nam, and Van Wert Counties, writes that
the most interesting feature was a dis
cussion of the George Washington Memo
rial Budding to be erected at Washington.
Tho Ohio Slate Chairman, Mrs. C S.
Brice, a member of Mart Armstrong Corps,
Lima, O., was present and addressed the
Convention. She expressed gratification at
the deep interest among the members, and
her plea for Relief Corps co-operation was
warmly sanctioned by Department Presi
dent Emma F. Crcssinger, who was in I
attendance, and who is a member of the
State Committee. This work is directly in
line with the work cf patriot:c teaching,
pushed forward by the Woman's Relief
Corps, and the patriotic spirit animating
the whole project is sure to enlist the patri
otic women of all societies.
Our correspondent writes that a question
was raised as to whether the Woman's Re
lief Corps had tho right to unite with other
societies in furthering the purpose of the
George Washington Memorial Association.
The answer of Department President Cres
singer was tl at there was nothing to pre
vent members from u iting with other
women in a concerted movement to further
the interests of tho George Washington
Assistant I. and f. Officer Almaritta
Clark presided over the meetings of Con
vention, Mrs. Prophet responded to the
address of welcome, and among the speak
ers were Lucy IB. Hamilton, Department I.
and I. Officer, who accompanied the De
partment President to Convention. Finlay
Corps were unbounded rn'hospltalities, and
exemplified the ritual to the satisfaction of
all. i ;
Department Correspondent Minnie Con
verse, San Antonio, Tex., reports the Corps
of tho Lone Star States .busily at work.
George II. Thomas Corps, , Dallas, has
been particularly active. An officer's drill
was tlie opening feature of a recent enter
tainment of songs and recitations, on which
occasion Thomas Corps presented Thomas
Post, 0, with a portrait) of their beloved
leader, Gen. Gcorgo II. Thomas.
Patriotic Day at the Texas Slate Fair and
Dallas Exposition was marked by exercises
in Music Hall, under the uustiiceM nf Mm
Woman's Relief Corps and Daughters of tho
Republic. The first number on the program
was tho " Star Spangled Banner," which
brought a rousing encore. Then followed
tho opening remarks of Pres'dent Rosalie
Lacy, after which Mrs. D. A. Allen delivered
an able address, in which &he reviewed the
progress made ly women in the last quarter
of a century, particularly since their organi
zation into the Woman's Relief Corps as
an auxiliary to the Grand Army.
Sho said the Woman's Relief Corps had
gained a record ;is an organization worthy
of the highest type of Amercan woman
hood. Its methods had gor.o abroad, and
arc being studied by other nations, and duo
credit had Leen given to the organization.
In this country the united efforts of the
Grand Army of tho Republic and the
Woman's Relief Corps had lighted th0 fires
of patriotism from the Atlantic to tho Pacific.
Sho reviewed the extension of relief work
in Texas, beginning with tho assistance
given in 18S0 to Clara Barton and tho Rod
Cross Society, and paid high tributo to Geo.
II. Thomas Corps of Dallas, and to tho
larger work of the W.R.C, through the Na
tional Counc'l f Women.
At the conclusion of her remarks a band
of children appeared on tho platform, repre
senting tho original 13 States, and dressed
in Colonial costumes, executing pretty drills
and singing National songs. A court min
uet and other pleasing juvenilo exercises
followed, when all concluded with singing
"America." There was scarcely standing
room in Music Hall, and round after round
of applauso greeted the children.
President Rust has appointed Jcnnio L.
Rue, of Houston, to serve that Department
as Patriotic Instructor. She will endeavor
to have the flag salute given in tho schools
of the Lono Star State.
ALL ALOXO THE LINE.
Department President Susan Gwilt and
Secretary Randall inspected tho Corps of
eastern Oregon, and were pleased with
their generous reception and tho status of
Corps work. The first inspection was of J.
W. Nesmith Corps, Tho Dalles, home of
Past Department President Mary S. Meyers.
President Gwilt inspected tho several
Corps of tho Willamette Valley, and De
partment Inspector Fannio Lownsbury tho
Corps of southern Oregon, also the three
Corps of Portland. A Uivon memorial ser
vice was held inspection night by the
Portland Corps in memory of Department
President Julia Abraham.
Helen E. Cook, Lincoln, Nob., has been
appointed Department Patriotic Instructor
for that State. Since Relief Corps work
was organized she has been most activo
and untiring in tho discharge of whatever
duty has been given hor to perform.
Department Correspondent Josephine A.
Chceseman, Greeley, Colo., reports satis
factory inspections in tho Department of
Colorado. Prcsidcn t Fannio G. Hardin has,
during her inspection tour in tho southern
and western portions of the State, visited
the Colorado Soldiers' Homo at Montevista,
where sho found tho inmates comfortable
and happy, only regretting that the Home
could not have been situated in a more
congenial clime and in a lower altitude.
She also visited Las Animas and Fort Lyon
while on her tour.
Tho closing week of, inspection Depart
ment President Hardin and Department
Inspector Hester Hartsall inspected the
several Corp3 of Wyoming, and met with a
cordial reception. Junior Vice-President
Ella B. Ackerman inspected the Corps in
the extreme western portion of Colorado.
Mrs. Lulu Kinsman, of A. W. Ellett Corps,
41, Yoncalla, Cal , gives an account of the
effective work done by that brave little
Corps, and says: "Little Corps, wherever
you mus be, don't get discouraged; don't
give up. Remember, little drops of water,
little grains of sand, mako tho mighty
ocean and the beauteous land. And now
will other Corps tell of methods employed
to make money and entertain their respect
ive Posts? Let us help one another in the
good cause." The Yoncalla Coips num
bers but 12 members, but they conduct
successful entertainments and give sur
prise suppers to their Post and gave a
royal welcome to Inspector Lownsbury,
who on her side left such a pleasant im
pression that every one in Ellett Corps
hopes she will some day be Department
Past National Treasurer Armilla A.
Cheney has removed with her husband,
Capt. Cheney, from Detroit, Mich., to Chi
cago, her address being 327 Wisconsin Ave.
West Virginia has two more Corps
James Riley Corps, 13, Cottageville, and
Kuykendall Corps, 11, Harrisville; the first
instituted with M charter members, and
the second with 22.
Thero was not one delinquent Corps in
tho Department of Minnesota last quarter.
Signs of prosperity aro reported on every
hand from Department Headquarters.
Chetik, Wis., has now a Corps, auxiliary
to A. Wether by Post, instituted by Depart
ment President Lottie F. Withers, with a
charter membership of 12.
At the close of the last quarter Wiscon
sin reported 1,05)3 members; cash expended,
$388.17; supplies, 303.07; turned over to
I'osts, b-iro.n. Among the contributions
reported to various Department and Na
tional funds was 675.70 to a soldier's
daughter at Wonewoc, for whom a special
fund is forming.
Friends of Past Department President
Mary L. Reynolds, of Kentucky, through
out the Order will be glad to know that her
husband, Past Department Commander O.
C. Reynolds, has received the appointment
as Postmaster of Covington, Ky. Bo is
prominent in both Grand Army and Ma
Past Department President Isabella
Kirkcndall, Helena, Mont., reports the flag
flying high among tho Rockies, and not
only schools, but Sunday-schools exhibit
ing the old colors. More and more all these
agencies realize that the best way to fit
the child for a higher life is to mako him a
good citizen in this life. The past three
years the schools of Montana have given a
noble response to the solicitations of tho
Relief Corps on behalf of patriotic teach
ing, and local prejudice in certain South
ern communities is gradually dying out
New York has added I. S. Quinby Corps,
SI, to its roster, with 09 charter members
The Department President calls attention
to the fact that as the Posts aro decreas
ing in membership by the invasion of sick
ness and death, there is greater need than
ever oi tne woman's Kelicf Corps to pre
serve the social interests, and have at
vited in at the close, and all repaired to
the banquet-room, where a pleasant hour
was spent. Reno Post, 83, recently enter
tained the Department Commander, Theo
doro Botkin, and invited Reno Corps to
meet with them. Tho invitation was cordi
ally accepted, and after listening to an in
teresting and able address by the Depart
ment Commander, supper was announced,
and the banquet-room was invaded by
our heroes and their allies. Reno Corps
is not a large organization in numbers, but
in patriotism and push they aro tho peers
of any in tiio country. G.A.R. Hall, at
N:ckerson, stands a monument to this
little band of women. Add to this tho
facts that no needy veteran or his depend
ent ones aro allowed to suffer in this
vicinity, and that the Corps is out of debt,
and all will acknowledge that Corps 23 is
small only in numbers.
James W. Eldridgo, 2 State street, ITart
ford, Conn., desires to purchase the follow
ing journals of tho annual National En
campments, Grand Armv of the Republic;
viz, 180S, 18C, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 187l'
18io, and 1870. Any comrade having theso
journals and wishing to disposo of them,
will please address as abovo.
many ateunions wnn tne I'osts as possible.
Reno Corps, 25, Nickerson, Kan., showed
well at inspection. Tho cnrnmrlM wr in
How She Was Captured by a
Editor Nati6nal Tribune: Among tho
many bravo acts of the rank and file of tho
Union army during tho civil war that aro
seldom if ever mentioned was tho cap
turo of tho blockade runner Emma in
Tho Emma was a new iron steamer,
built in Glasgow. Sho had made only three
trips betweon England and the Confed
erate States when taken by Undo Sam's
Tho capturo was one of tho most unique
exploits on tho Atlantic Ocean during tho
war. It was accomplished through a "big
bluff," resulting in a prize of 5150,000, and
tho most interesting part of tho important
transaction is tho fact that tho men who
did tho work never received oven a
"thank you," notwithstanding tho danger
that attended tho undertaking.
During tho sicgo of Fort Sumter and Fort
Wagner, on Morris Island, many Union
men wero killed and wounded, and as
soon as arrangements could be made some
of the sick, discharged, wounded and dead
officers and men wero sent north on the
This vessel reached a point opposito
Wilmington, N. C, about 4 o'clock on the
morning of Aug. 21, when a little cloud of
black smoko appeared in the distance
Tho attention of tho Arago's Captain was
called to it, and after a close survey
through his glass, he pronounced it either
a rebel or an English ship. Ho at onco
The cargo of the Arago was ill, disabled,
wounded, and dead men. The remains of
Gen. Strong, killed in a chargo on Fort
Wagner, were on board, and Col. John L.
Chatfield, of Watcrbury, Conn., mortally
wounded at tho same time.
After an exciting chase of about seven
hours, the blockade runner hove to. She
was loaded with turpentine and rosin be
low and on deck with cotton. During
tho chase every bale of cotton had been
thrown overboard, also a brass cannon
(25-poundcr), and the. name on her stern
had been painted out to hide her identity.
Tho most unique feature of tho adven
ture was the method adopted by tio cap
tors. The Arago was an unarmed trans
port, but one of tho swiftest vessels in
that branch of tho service. Sho carried a
two pound signal gun, and that was brought
into service and made to do more than its
regular duty. In its usual place, attached
to the deck, it was useless on this occasion,
so it was lifted to the rail, securely lashed
with ropes, and loaded and fired at the
Besides the little signal gun, about fifty
Sharp's rifles had been left in the hold by
some troops that had been transported,
but there was not a cartridge for them.
However, they had the desired effect.
As tho Arago neared the Emma, tho rifles
wero distributed; the passengers, who
lined up along the rail, making a formid
A shot from tho little cannon happened
to pass directly over and dangerously close
to tho deck of tho Emma, and her com
mander concluded that it was timo to
stop and surrender. Then the Captain of
tho Arago met with new trouble. He en
deavored to persuade some of his crew to
board her, but they refused to a man.
They wero not enlisted, and could not be
compelled to leave their ship for such a
They didn't know what sort of a recep
tion they would meet with: besides, they
claimed, they had been overworked in
short every man positively refused. Thus
the Captain appealed to the soldiers, who
had brought tho Emma to a "standstill,"
for volunteers, and in less than two min
utes 10 men went down the ship's side,
entered a yawl-boat, rowed to the prize,
climbed to her deck, and made prisoners of
tho officers and crow.
Comrade F. O. Lathrop was tho second
man to make his way on board tho ship.
He found the Captain, a red-haired Scotch
man named Lewis, at the wheel, and in
formed him that he was a prisoner; to
which that dignitary replied that he sup
posed he was, adding that he was ashamed
at being captured by a transport.
The crew of tho Emma wero under the
influence of liquor, and the faucet of a
whisky barrel was turned and the deck
was being flooded with liquor. When the
Captain and crew had been transferred to
the Arago, the Emma was taken in tow
and brought to New York, and the ship
and its cargo were soon after condemned
and sold by tho Government for the snug
sum of 8130,000; but the names of the real
captors never appeared on the roll at the
office of tho Secretary of the Navy, al
though they wero taken while on board
Lathrop was a member of Co. B, 6th
Conn., and had just beendischarged for a
temporary disability. Later, ho entered
the Regular servico in the 14th U. S., where
he remained until long after the close of
tho war. The 14th was sent to Richmond
after Lee's surrender to do police duty, and
while on tho way Lathrop met with a
serious injury at the hands of Mosby's
guerrillas. During the Summer of 1805 he
was at Gen. Terry's Headquarters, which
were at tho house deserted by JefT Davis.
Comrade Lathrop now resides in Man
chester, Conn., and is Senior Vice Com
mander of Drake Post, G.A.R., of that
1?EJ1EMJ1G OLD TIES.
Keunion of Veterans Who Stood Shoul
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The proceedings of tho 17th annual Re
union of the 30th 111. (Yates Phalanx),
held at Farmer City, in October, have been
published in pamphlet form. W. R. Mor
lcy, Kenilworth, 111., is Secretary.
The proceedings of the 11th annual Re
union of the 50th 111., at Quincy, Oct. 21
and 22, have been published in pamphlet
form. C. F. Hubert, Fowler, 111., is Adju
William F. Annis, Co. C, 2d Ky. Cav..
Franklinton, Ky., announces that a Re
union of the regiment will be held at Bowl
ing Green during the Department En
campment of the G.A.R. in May.
James E. White, Secretary, announces a
Reunion and banquet of survivors of the
13th Mich, at Kalamazoo, Mich., Jan. 13
Tho proceedings of tho 10th annual Re
union of the 8th Mo. and a roster of tho
regiment have been published in pam
phlet form. M. O. Bedell, Hickory Barrens,
Mo., is Secretary of tho Association.
Tho 35th anniversary of tho charge on !
Marye's Bights was celebrated by the sur-
vivors ol the 2otii JN. J. by a well attended
Reunion at Paterson, N. J. Lieut. S. G.
McKiernan acted as toastmaster. An ad
dress was delivered by President John
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