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THE NATIONAL -TRIBUNE WASHINGTON, D. (L THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1898.
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We do not return roinmnnientioiia or manuscripts unless they are ace nspan cd by a request to tha effect and the nwrssnry pong, nnl nader no circumstances gnar antrctkrir publication at any special date. Address all commit .i -atioas to 7FJ: NATIONAL TRIBUNE, Washington, "D- C. LNTIREO AT WASKINCTON FOSTCFFICE ASSCCOND-CIASS MATTER. The JiflTioHBit Tribute JOHN McELKOY, ROBERT W. SHOPPELL, BYRON ANDREWS. WASHINGTON, D. C, MARCH 17, 1S9S. In the eve of a soldier-hater, the four deserters in every 100 soldiers occupy a much larger space than the 9G men who bravely and faithfully did their duty. - If the manhood of the country during the war was such as the Mugwumps try to make out, we do not wonder that they are glad to be mistaken for Eng lishmen. It is certainly cheaper to lay flowers on a soldier's grave, after he is dead, than, to pay him a decent pension while living. But the cheapest thing is scarcely ever the right thing. Else it would not be so cheap. TnE hopes that have been entertained in Europe that the South was ready to take advantage of any external strain upon us .to 'renew the effort to break away have been pretty effectually dashed by the vote for the 850,000,000 ap propriation. o "Why is it none of the soldier-haling papers can be induced to publish any . figures sivinpc .the enormous losses of the ..war, which will show the reason of the bigness of the pension roll ? These are very accessible to aujone who chooses to look for them. "We have Cuba surrounded by war ships commanded by men and manned bv men who are only too eairer to set a -chance at Spanish war-vessels. Each of them have had his eves fixed on some Spanish ship .that he regards as his vessel's particular " meat." The instant that war is declared, there will be a race to get at their prey, and probably five or six Spanish vessels will be captured be fore Spain can get an opportunity to yell "enough," and offer us peace on any terms. The war will prdbably be astonish- i ingly short. Itr -may not last longer than the famous " sexen da's war " be tween Prussia and Austria, in I860. Spain will be attacked, at once at 50 -points in irresistible force, and will be begging for peace in 10 days after the declaration of war. A few years ago the, opposition was "to paying pensions to "young men who are still in the vigor of life." low it is to " paying pensions to men who have waited 30 years to find out that they have disabilities." The pension-hater is one who was never satisfied with the Union soldieis, no matter what they did. If they attacked the enemy, and drove him, at fearful cost of life to themselves, they were "butchers." If they lay quiet in camp, they were having "a military picnic, at the cost of the tax payers." Si'Aix lias neither of the two great requisites of modern naval warfare: Cash ai:d coal. She has no money to buy new ships, nor to properly fit out tilose that she has, and if she could fit them out their cruises would be short on account of a lack of coal. What little the has this side of the Atlantic would speedily be in our hands, while her war ships would exhaust all that they can carry before they got in fighting distance of our ships. The commander of the Montgomery has acted wiselv in not allowing his men to go ashore in liabana. A squad of them might wander off and lick a brigade or two of the Spanish army, f justjby way of haying "fun on shore." THE TIME OF CRXIXG NEED. It is inexplicably stupid that the pe.ople cannot understand that now is the time when the pension roll should be largely increased, and that with all pos sible rapidity. Pensions vere granted because men needed them to make good in so far as money could the ravages of war. Pensions were granted because the Nation recognized that honor and justice demanded that it should make this return to the men who had been injured in its service. Therefore, pensions should be allowed when those men feel most keenly the need of this" outside assistance, and when their hurts and disabilities are most urgently manifest. The fact that those men have not heretofore been granted pensions, or have, not applied for them should operate stronirlv in their favor. They have proudly and patriotically tried to get along without assistance from the Government. The Govern ment has saved inconceivable millions from this spirit of the veterans, and should manifest its appreciation of the fact by promptness and liberality to day, when the pressure of rapidly-increasing infirmities compels the veterans to relinquish their position and ask for justice. As sacredly binding' as any human debt can be is that Tjf the Nation " to care for him who hath borne the heat and burden of the battle, and for his widow and orphans." The time to make that payment is when it is needed. That it has not been needed in some cases. so far forms no earthiv sort of an argument against doing it when it is leally needed. The debt of the pension was incurred when the sol dier faithfully perfofmed his duly the field, to his own bodily detriment. in To deny him payment when hi nc- cessities are crying loudest is not only rank injusUqp, and a dishonor to the Government, but -a shameful cruelty. To put off p:vyment for the sake of economy until the number of pensioners is greatly reduced, is simply ineffable meanness. It is something, that should not be thought of by a much lets spoken of. .- great Nation, Tinr-,8.iy;on3,doo-.ivi,iKOPKiA.Tiox. Congress has never done a prouder thing for the American people than the appropriation, br a unanimous vote, of $50,000,000 for the use of the Presi dent in providing for the National de fense. . Itwasamonumenlal, an epoch-making act. Nothing like it ever occurred be fore in parliamentary history. It was the greatest peace demonstration ever made, for it will hereafter rise up as a deterring vision whenever any Nation is templed to try our patience too fLr. Writers and philosophers have so far alleged against republican forms of Government that they are unable to act in emergencies with the promptness, decision, and solidarity of monarchies. This demonstration effectually disproves that No monarchy in the world could rise as instantly and unanimously to the level of the emergency .as our country has. The act of Congress showed ihat the whole power and resources of this mighty Ration are completely at the command of the President to be hurled, if necessary, with irresisti ble force upon any object desired to be gained. Jt wa3 a demonstration of power that no other Nation on earth could withstand. Back of that $50, 000,000 stands $(55,000,000,000 of property that can be devoted to the same purpose, if need be, as back of our little Regular Army of 25,000 men stand 13,000,000 young men ready and willing to respond to the President's call. No two of the Empires of Europe can hope to cope successfully with such power wielded solidly by a single hand, which can become more absolute than any despot's when executing the wishes of the people. The prestige of our country was thus increased immeasurably among- the peoples of the earth. Ve have at once gained a moral power and influence that are beyond any description. All true Americans are proud of the valor and fortitude shown by the young men of this country when called forth by the terrible exigencies of the rebellion. The degenerate Mugwumps, on the other hand, and other lewd fellows of the baser sort, are mainly anxious to prove that when the Nation called for manhood our young men showed them selves degraded, cowardly mercenaries, who could scarcely be forced into a fight. THE DESTRUCTION OF .THE MAINE. These facts Eeem to be now generally accepted : 1. The Maine was blown up from the outside. The force was so great that pieces of the enormous keel were driven far up into the hull. 2. So great a force could not be ex erted by any mere torpedo lanched by some irresponsible fanatic 3. It could not have been done by one submarine mine, even, of the .large; est type known to naval .warfare. .It must have been more than ono mine. 4. This implies at once unusual pre paration, unusual facilities at command, unusual technical skill, and a consider able number of men involved, with a corresponding knowledge of the facts among a large circle of able and educated men. The inference of participation tof n lUficiiucii iiavui uiiiLuic. in ill. uuiuuuvity kjl authorities, either naval or" municipal, seems unavoidable. The report is current in "Washington that at a meeting of the Cabinet the alleged actions of the Commissioner of Pensions in furnishing ammunition' to the soldier-hating papers "was taken up, and it was decided to admonish him. The veterans do not care how. many fV.ct Iir gives the papers, if lie will only give facts. Ilathcr. they are anxious for him to give all the facts, and not half-facts, and utterly misleading state ments. The veterans have no fear of the truth in regard to the pension roll. The National Tribune .Thas repeat edly importuned the Commissioner of Pensions to make public undeniable facts in his possession which' would com--pletely vindicate- the pensioners. For' reasons of his own he has clioccn not to do this. It is alleged that he is in l)ic hands of a little ring in the Pension Bureau, inherited from Lnchren, and which does not know that Cleveland is" lio longer President of the United States. Foil the week ending March Vi, Commissioner Evaiy? made 1,000 origi - mil allowances. For the corresponding week of last year Commissioner Mur phy allowed 994, and for the corre sponding week of 1S92 -.Commissioner Haum allowed 4,785. . it The Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot shows no let-up in its bitter war against the pensioners. It will be remembered that the Patriot was such a virulent Copper head during the war that it was several times threatened with suppression. . It was a constant aggravation to the hun dreds of thousands of grand, patriotic men which Penns) lvauia sent to the war. The rapidity with which this country is being put into condition of defensive ness is an instructive spectacle to Europe-, ans. Any fleet that would attempt to bombard one of our seaports 'to-day, would have a frightful bill for repairs,. even if the assault did not .last 15 min utes. Some idiots of the -Mugwump variety are talking of settling with Spain" on the basis of an indemnity of $10,000,000. That is the bight of the ridiculous. The actual money,loss in, the Maine was over $5,000,000, which is insignificant in comparison to the loss of the lives of 2j56' of our neople, and the affront to ourNa tional honor.' The purely 'monetary feature of the transaction should not be settled for less than $100,000,000. . . PESONRIi. Maj. Win. O. Howe, whom the San Fran cisco papers describe as tin "eccentric Veteran," has gotten himself into trou ble. He lives with his family on a small island in Suisun I3ay, about HO rnUcs from San Francisco. When the ntnv.s came that M. A. Uanna had been elected Senator from Ohio, Howo became very indignant, and wrote to Secretary Sher man declaring that lie could no longer remain a citizen of this country, and would hecede with his island from its jurisdiction. Lyon Post, G.A.R., of Oak land, to which Howe belongs, regard this a treason, and they have organized a court-martial to try Howe,who declares that he will fight the case. The 25lh anniversary of Col. Pi T. Wood fin's assumption of the oilice of Governor of the National Soldiers' Home at Hamp ton was appropriately celebrated in the presence of a large aTidience at the Opera House at Norfolk, Va. A feature of special interest was the presentation to Co). Wood fin of a beautifully-engrossed set of resolutions in honor of his long service, the presentation address be'ng made by Capt. Hardcnbrook, of Fortress Monroe. Col. Wood fin went to Hampton in 1873, suc ceeding Gen. Hinek as Governor of the Home. Capt. F. D. Hadley, Des Moines, Iowa, has written an able paper on the battle of Cedar Creek, which he read before the Loyal Legion of Iowa, and has reproduced in pamphlet form. Its purpose is to tell the true story of the battle, and defend the Eighth Corps against some of the strictures that have been made upon that splendid organization. A very strong movement is developing in California to make U. S. Grant United States Senator. f& $ AST Veterdh CITAPTER XVIII. The Deacon Continues to Acquire Volumos of Military Experience. With the Deacon's assistance, the chininoy was soon rebuilt, better than ever, and sev eral homelike improvements were added. The lost untensils were also replaced, one $y one. The Deacon was sometimes troubled :i little iu his mind jib to where the pan, the camp-kettle, eta, came from. Si "or Shorty would simply bring in one of them, with a sigh of satisfaction, and add it; to the. house hold stock. The Deacon was afraid to aslc any questions. One day, however, Shorty came in in a glow of excitement, with a new ax iu his .hand. "There; isn't she a daisy." he said, hold 'ing it up and testing the edgo with his thumb. -" Xonc o' 3'our old sledges with no more edge than a maul, that you have to nigger tho wood ofi" with. Brand new, and got an edge like a razor. You kin chop wood with thar, 1 tell you." "It's a tolerable good ax. Wuth about 10 oirs," sam me jjeacon, examining tne ax critically. " Last ax I bought from OL Taylor cost V.l bits. It was a better one. How inuch'd you give for this? J Ml pay it myself." " Do you know Jed Ilaskins thinks himself the best euc'nr-player in the 200th fnd.," v' cyr ,ifr- -KB "How Mucr?'j) Yor Givk Foi: Tjiis?" said Shorty, fogqltuig himself in the exulta tion of hi3 victory. ' "Jed Baskihs the Itev. Jarcd Tiaskins's rwlwi... l.;.. n.i.'n...'i7..r. ...Tw. ,.,.i. .. ......,i fi.,. l ii, ins i.iuiri vi ui limit; lccii i i.u u luuh j'ho would a J,ve often 1 oial o,J lire Nob .o much, tor heard 1iin say that n coal of fire f';., only burn Ihc hands, while cards scorch the soul." -, -T " Well, JedtV continued Shorty, "bautered mc to play three .games out o' live for this here ax agin my 'galvanized brass watch. We wuz hojs andiufesou the first two games; on the saw-off wb had foar pints apiece. I" dealt and turned, tj tjic seven o' spades. Jed ordered me up, and then tried to ring iu on mc a right bower, from another deck, but T knowed he hadn't it, because I'd lr:6d to ketcii it in the deal, bub missed it and slung it, umler the fable. I mad-j Jed play fair, and eucherel him, with only two trumps in my hand. .Jed's a mighTy slick hand with I Hie pasteboards, but he meets his boss in jvpur uncle hphnum. I didn't learn to play jttcher in the hay lofts o' IJean .UJpssom Crick for uothin', 1 kin tell you." 'Jf't ', An expression o horror came into -Deacon Jvlegg's i'ace. and he looked at Shorty with severe disapproval, which was entirely lost on that worthy, who continued to prattle on: "Jed liaskins kin slip iu more cold decks on greenhorns than any boy I ever see. You'd think he'd siwiit his life on a Mississippi steamboat or follerin' a circus. You remem ber how he cleaned out them Maumee. Musk rats at chuck-a-luck last pay-day? Why, there wu.n't money enough left in one com pany to bay postage stamps for their letters home. You know how he done it? AVlry, that galoot of a citizen gambler that we .tossed in a blanket down there by Nashville, and then rid out o' camp on a rail, learned mm how to linger tne (lice. J was sure same o' them Maumee smart Alccks'd gib on to Jed, hot they didn't. I declare they wouldn't sec a six-mule team if it drnv right acrost this board afoie 'em. But I'm onto him every niinir, I told him when he tried io ring in that jack on-me that he didn't know enough about cards to play with our Sunday-school class on Bean Blossom Crick." " Josiuh Klegg," said the Deacon sternly, '"do you play cards? " "I learned to play jest a little," said, -Si dcprecatingly-, atid getting very red in the face, "f jest know the names o' the cards, and a fewo' the rules o' the game." "I'm surprised at you," said the Doacon, "after the careful way you wuz brung up. Girds are the devil's own picture-books. -They drag a man down to hell jest as sure as stroiig drink Do you own a deck o' cards? " ''No, sir," replied Si. "1 did have one,' but f thro wed it away when we wuz goin' into the battle o' Stone River." "Thank heaven you did," said the Deacon devoutly. "Think o'your goin' into battle with them infernal things on you. They'd draw death to you jest like iron draws lightnin'." "That's what I wuz afearcd of," Si con fessed. "Now, don't you ever touch another card," said the Dcauon.- "Don't you ever own another deck. 'Don't you insult the Lord by doin' things when you think you're safe that you wouldn't do when you're in danger and want His protection." "Yes, sir," rcsyoii'ded Si very meekly. Tlio Deacon was so .excised that ho pulled out his red bandana, mopped his face vigorously, and walked out of the door to get some fiesh air. As his back waa turned, Si reached slily up to a shelf, pulled down'a pack of cards, and flung them behind the bafck-hg. "I didn't y,arn (o Pap when l told him I didn't own a deck," lie said to Shorty. "Them wuzzent really our, cards. I don't exactly know who they belonged to." The good Deacon was still beset with the idea of astonishing the boys with a luxurious meal cooked by himself, without their aid, counsel or assistance. His failure the first time only made him the more determined. While he conceded that Si and Shorty did un usually well with the materials at their com mand, he had his full share of the conceit that possesses every man born of woman that, with out any previous training or experience, he can prepare food better than anybody else who attempts to do it. it is usually conceded that ihcrc are three things which every man alive believes he can do better than the one who is engaged at it. These are: 1. Telling a story; 2. Poking a fire; 3. Managing a woman. Cooking a meal should be made the fourth of this category. One day Si and Shorty went with the rest of Co. Q on fatigue duty on the enormous fortifications, the building of which took np so much of the Army of the Cumberland's energies daring its stay aronnd Murfrcesboro j MVr - I If 6VH KiP T TT" i VjC- 1 'Kv '.- from Jan. 3 to Juno 21, 1SG3. Josecrans seemed suddenly seized with McClellan's mania for spade work, and was piling np a largo portion of middle Tennesseo into parapet, bastion and casemate, lunet, curtain, covered way and gorge, according to the system of Vauban. Tho 200th Iud. had to do its unwilling share of this, and Si and Shorty worked off some of their superabundant energy with pick and shovel. They would come back at night tired, muddy and mad. They would be ready to quarrel with and abnse everybody and everything from President Lincoln down to the Commissary-Sergeant and the last issue of pickled beef and bread especially the Commissary-Sergeant and the rations. The good Deacon sorrowed over these mani festations. Ife was intensely loyal. He wanted to see the soldiers satislicd with their officers and the provisions made for their comfort. lie would get up a good dinner for the boys, which would soothe their milled, tem pers and make them more satisfied with their lot. He began a labored planning of the feast. He looked over the larder, and fonnd there pork, corned beef, potatoes, beans, coffee, brown sugar, and hardtack. Good, substantial vittels, that stick to the ribs," he muttered to himself, "and I'll fix up a good mess o' them But the boys oimlit to have something of a treat once in a while, and I must, think up some way to give it to 'em." He pondered over the problem as he care fully cleaned (he beans, and set them to boil ing in a kettle over the fire. He washed some potatoes to put in the ashes and roast. But these were commonplace viands. He wanted something that would be luxuries. "I recollect," he said to himself finally, 1 "seein' a little store, which some feller's set up n little ways from here. It's a board shan 1 3', and 1 expect he's got a lot o' things in it that the boys 'd like, for there's nearly alwa3s a big crowd around it. I'll jest fasten up iho house, and walk over there while the beans is a see'.hin', and see if I can't pick up something real good to cat." He made his way through the crowd, which seemed to him to smell of whisky, until be came to the shelf across tho front, and took a look at the stock. It seemed almost wholly made up of canned goods, and boxes of half Spanish cigars, and playing cards. "Don't seen to be much of a store, after all," soliloquized the Deacon, after he had survej'cd the display. "Aint a patch in' to 01. Taylor's. Don'tsec ain-thing ver3 invitin' here. O, yes, there's a cheese. Say, Mister, gi' mc about four pounds o' that there cheese " "PLuik down your 2 fust, ole man," re- Lsponded the storekeeper. "This 13 a cash store, cash in advance, every time. Short cicdits make long friends. Hand me over your money, ana I'll hand 3'ou over the cheese." "Land o' Goshen, four bits a pound for cheese," gasped the Deacon. "Why, I kin git the best full-cream cneee at home for a bit a pound." "Why don't 3'ou buy your cheese at home then, ole man?" replied the storekeeper. " You'd make moin-, if yxm didn't have to paylrcight toMurfreesboro. Gues3V'ou don't know much about gettin' goods down to the fro 1 t. But I haint no time to argj with you. If ou don't want to buy. step back, and make roam for some one that does. Business is lively this niornin'. 'i hue is money. Smali profits and quick returns, 3'ou know. No time to fool with loafers who only look on and ask questions." "Strange way for a storekeeper to act," muttered the Deacon. "Must've bin brnng up in a Land Oilice. He couldn't keep store in Poiey County a Aveek. They wouldn't stand hissass." Then aloud: "You may gi' me two pounds o' cheese." ..,.," Wfjll, why doa'b you plank down the rhino?"- said the storekeeper impatiently. "Pub up your money fnit, and then you'll git the goods. Tliis aint no credit concern with a stay-law attachment. Cash in advance saves book-keeping." "Well, I declare," muttered the Deacon, as he fished a greenback out of a leather pocket-book fastened with a long strap. "This is the first time I ever had to pa' for things before I got 'em. " Never went to a circus, then, ole man, or run foroflice," replied the storekeeper, and his humor was rewarded with a roar of laugh ter. "Anything else? Speak quick or step back." "I'll take a can o' them preserved peaches and a quart jug o' that genuine Injianny maple molasses,' said the Deacon desper atel', naming two articles which seemed much inHemand. "All right; $2 for the peaches, and .$2 more for the molasses." "Sakes alive!" ejaculated the Deacon, pro ducing the strapped pocket-book again. "Five dollars gone, and, precious little to show for it." He took, his jug and his can, and started back to the cabin. A counle of hundred yards away he met a squad of armed men marching toward the store, under the com mand of a Lieutenant. He stepped to one side to let them pass, but the Lien tenant: halted them, and asked authoritatively: "What have'you got there, sir? " "Jest some things I've been buyiui for the boys' dinner," answered the Deacon. "Indeed! Yer' likely," remarket the Lieutenant sarcastically. He struck the jug so sharply with his sword that it was broken, and the air aviis filled with a powerful odor of whisky. The liquor splashed over the Deacon's trousers and wet them through. The expression of anger 0:1 his face gave way fto one of horror. He had ahvtiys been one of the most rigid of Temperance men, and fairly loathed whisky in all shapes and uses. "Just as I suppes-'d, 3'onold vagabond," said the Lieutenant, contemptifousi'. "Down here sneaking whisky into camp. We'll stox Jthat mighty sudden." He knocked the can of peaches out of the Deacon's arms and ran his sword into it. A gush of whisky spurted out. The Sergeant took the package of cheese away and broke it open, rcvealjng a small llask of liquor. "The- idea of a man of 3'our age being engaged in such business," said the Lieu tenants indignantly. ''You ought to be helping to keep the men of the army sober, instead of corrupting them to their own great injury. You are doing them more harm than the rebels." The Deacon was too astonished and angry to reply. Words utterly failed him in such a crisis. "Take charge of him, Corporal," com manded the Lieutenant. "Pub him in the guardhouse till to-morrow, Avhen avc'11 drum him out of camp, Avith his partner, Avho is running that store." The Corporal caught the Deacon b' the arm roughly and pulled him to the rear of the squad, which hurried forward to the store. The crowd in front had an inkling of what Avas coming. In a twinkling of an eye t'luy maue a rusn on tbe store, cadi man snatched a can or a jug, aud began iwltiug away as fast as his legs could carry him. The store-keeper ran out the back way, and tried to make his escape, hut the Provost Sergeant of the provost-squad threw down his musket and took after him. The store keeper ran fast, inspired Ivy fear, and the desire to save his ill-gotten gains, but the Sergeant ran faster, and presently brought him back, panting and trembling, to witness the demolition of his property. Tho shanty aviis being torn down. Each plank as it came off aviis being snatched up by the sol diers to carry oil and add to their own habi tatious. 'the "canned fruit" was being punched Avith bayonets, and the jugs smashed" 03' gun-butts. "You arc a cheeky scoundrel," said the Lieutenant, addressing himself to the store keeper, "to come down here aud try to run such a dead-fall right in tho middle of camp. But avc'11 cure you of any such ideas as that. You'll lind it Avou't pa3r at all to try such games on us. You'll go to the gnardhouse, and to-morrow we'll shave your head, and drum you and your partner there out of camp." "I aint no partner o' his," protested the Deacon carncstl'. "M3- names Josiah Klegg, o' Tosey Connty,- Injianny. I'm down here on a visit to 1113' son in the 200th Injianny Volunteer Infantry. I'm a Deacon in the Baptist Church, and a Patriarch of the Sons o' Temperance. It'd bo the last thing in the Avorld I'd do to sell whisk3" "That story Avon't Avash, old man," said the Lieutenant. " You were caught in the act, Avith the goods in your possession, and trying to decei'c me." He turned away to order the sqnad for ward. As they marched along the store keeper said to the Deacon: "I'm afraid they've got me dead to rights, ole man, bnt you kin git ont. Jest keep up yonr sanctimonious appearance aud stick to your Deacon story, and you'll git off. J know of you. Fve lived in Tosey Connty myself. I'm going to trust yon. I've al ready made a clean big profit on this venture, and I've got it right down in my pocket. In spite of all they've spiled, I'd be nigh $500 ahead o' the game ill I could gifc onto' campi Avith what I've got in my sock. But they'll probably search me and confiscate nn- Avad for the hospital. You sec, Vve been through this thing beore. I'm goin' to pass my pile over to 3'ou to take kcer of till I'm through this rumpus. You play fair Avith me, and I'll Avhack up Avith 3'on fair and square, dol lar for dollar. If 3'ou don't I'll follow you for 3" ears." " I wouldn't tech a dirty dollar of 3rours for the Avorld," said the Deacon indignantly; but this av.is lost on the storekeeper, who Avas Avatching the Lieutenant. "Don't sa3' a, Avord," he Avhispercd; " he's got his e'e on us. There it is in 3'our over coat pocket." In the meantime thc3' had arrived at the gnardhouse. The Sergeant stepped back, took the storekeeper roughly 13' the shoul ders, and shoved him up in front of a tall, magisterial-looking man wearing a Captain's straps, Arho stood frowning before the door. "Search him," said the Captain briefly. The Sergeant Avent through the store keeper's pockets with a deftness that bespoke experience. He produced a small amount of money, some of it in fractional currenc3' and Confederate notes, a number of papers, a plug of tobacco, and some other articles. He handed these to the Captain, who hastily looked over them, handed back the tobacco and other things and the small change. " Give these back to him," he said briefly. "Turn the rest of the money over to the hos pital fund. Where's our barber? Shave his head, call up the fifers and drummers, and drum him out of camp at once. I haen't time to Avasteon him." Before ho had done speaking, the guards had th-i storekeeper seated on a log, and were shearing his hair. " General," shouted the Deacon. "That's a Captain, 3;ou fool," said one of the guards. "Captain, then." yelled the Deacon. " Wiio is that man?" asked the Captain, severe'. "He's his partner," said the Lieutenant. "Serve him the same Avay," said the Cap tain shortly, turning to go. The Deacon's knees smote together. He, a Deacon of the Baptist Church, aud a man of stainless repute at home, to have his head shaved, and drummed out of camp. He Avould rather die at ouce. The guards had laid hands on him. "Captain," he yelled again: "It's all a horrible mistake. I had uothin' to do Avith this man." "Talk to the Lieutenant, there," said the Captain, moving off. ': He will attend to 3'ou." The Lieutenant was attentiA'ely watching the barbering operation. , "Cut it close closer yet,vhe admonished 'the barber. "Lieutenant! Lieutenant!" pleaded the Deacon, awkwardly saluting. "Stand back, I'll attend to yon next," said the Lieutenant impatiently. "Now, tie his hands behind him." The Lientenaut turned toward the Deacon, and the barber picked up his shears and made a step in that direetion. Just in the extremit3' of his danger, the Deacon caught sight of the Captain of Co. Q walking to Avard Headquarters. " Capt. McGiilicuddy ! Capt.McGillicuddy ! come here at once! Come quick!" he called in a A'oice Avhich had been trained to long distance Avork on the Wabash bottoms. Capt. McGiilicuddy looked up, recognized the waving of the Deacon's bandana, and hastened thither. Fortunately he knew the Provost officers, there Avere explanations all around, and profuse apologies, and just as the fifes and drums struck up the "IJogue's march," behind the luckless storekeeper, ILj Vmv Deacon Klegg Looks Ovee the Larder. who had to step off in front of a line of leveled bayonets, the Deacon Avalked away arm-in-arm Avith the Captain. " I'm not goin' to let go o' 3-011 till I'm safe back in our OAvn place," he said. "My gracious ! think of bavin' my head shaved and marched off the Avay that feller's bein'." He walked into the cabin and stirred 'up the beans. "The water's bilcd off," said he to himself, ' ' but they haint been in nigh as hot a place as I have. I guess the boys'll haAe to do Avith a plain dinner to-day. I'm not goin'o stir out o' this place agin unless they're with me." He pub lnVhand into his pocket for his bandana and felt the roll of bills, which he had altogether forgotten in his excitement. 1 lis face was a stud. To be continued. As to Congressional cill. For sometime Commissioner Evans has complained that "Congressional calls" for tho status of cases pending before the Bureau greatly retard progressive work on claims by requiring the labor in answering them of a large force ot clerks who could be engaged in adjudication." 1 The Commissioner has now issued rules prohibiting any agent or attorney, or other person entitled to recognition before the Bureau, from directly or indirectly request ing the aid or assistance in the prosecution of a pension claim 01 any United States Government official, or representative, other than those whose duty it is under the law to supervise and administer the kuvs, rules and regulations governing tho granting of Army and Navy pensions, or requesting or advising a claimant to seek such aid in the prosecution of a pension claim. The rules further provide that the per sons so oftending shall be held to lui'e abandoned the claim as attorney, and that he shall, by such violation, subject himself to suspension or exclusion from practice before the Pension Office. f. ..IirHff" r jC ! I y T fJ PEJ1SI0J1 DEGISI0J4S. Cases Disposed of by Assistant Secretary Davis. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Web ster Davis rendered a decision in the claim of James McCallan, seaman, United States Navy. In this case the Assistant Secre tary holds: "Desertion from the general ser'ice dur ing the Jate Avar of the rebellion is no bar to pension on account of disability con tracted in the United States service whtlo serving under a contract of enlistment en tered into since the close of said war, from which late service sailor was honorably discharged." The claimant in this case enlisted in tho Regular Army Sept. 13, I860, was trans ferred to the general service, and deserted from said service at GoA'ernor's Island, N.Y., July 30, 1862, and on the next day enlisted in the 132d N. Y.. in which he served un til mustered out June 29, 1865, having been continuously in the service during tho Avhole war. He subsequently served in the Navy from Mav 17, 1806, to April 23, 1870, and from August 12, 1870, to June-30, 1871. He claims pension for disability dur ing his last service in the United States Navy. Assistant Secretary Davis says "I hold that sailor's desertion from the general service in 1862, during the war of the rebellion, is no bar to pension on ac count of the disability incurred in tho United States Navy, under an enlistment in 1870, since the close of the war of tho rebellion." - In a Mexican war case, where the ajr pellant (a widow) asserts that she was formally and legally married to the soldier in the year 1."3, in the City of St. Louis, Mo., by a certain Methodist minister, there is no proof of ceremony other than the un supported statement of the appellant. The Assistant Secretary says "It appears that at the time of her leged marriage to the soldier in St. Louis, appellant was an orphan about sixteen years of age, whose home was in the City of Detroit. Mich., with a brother-in-law, who was her guardian, but she aviis then traveling with some friends, and meeting the soldier in St. Louis, claims to hao married him there and to have immediately gone with him to the City of Philadelphia, Pa., Avhere they commenced liA'ing together as man and wife. "It is unquestionably established by credible testimony that from lS-"3 to 1SSI the appellant and the soldier lived to gether in Philadelphia continuously and uninterruptedly as man -and wife. It is shown that during this long period ot years the soldier acknowledged and rec ognized the appellant as his Avife, that ho introduced her to his family and friends and held her out to the world as such, and that she was so recognized and acknowl edged by all who knew them and with whom they came into association and con tact, and that she is recognized and con sidered In' the family and friends of the deceased soldier as his laAvful Avidow. In short there does uot appear to haA'e cacc been a question or a doubt among those with whom the parties associated during this period of the legality or A-alidity of the marriage of appellant and the soldier. I am clearly of the opinion that the foregoing facts in this case are amply sufficient to establish the existence of a. valid marriage betAveen the soldier and appellant under the laws of Pennsylvania, and that she should be accepted as such widow of the soldier for pensionable pur poses. Therefore the rejection of this claim upon the ground stated is held to have been error and said action is hereby overruled and set aside." "Work of the 1'ension Otlice. The report of certificates issued for the Aveek ending March 12 shows Army invalid: Original, 62; increase and additional, 121; reissue, 22; restoration and renewal, 23: duplicate, 26; .accrued, 96; total, 350. Army invalid fact June 27, 1800): Origi nal, 536; increase, S6; additional. 74; re issue, 11: restoration and renewal, 28; du plicate, 18; accrued, 116; total, 8S2. Army Avidow, etc.: Original. 58; increase and additional, 1; restoration and renewal, 2; duplicate, 6; accrued, 1: total, 68. xrmy widow, etc. (act June 27, 1SP0): Original, 2S3; increase and additional, 2; reissue. 5; restoration, 1; supplemental, 1; duplicate, t: accrued. 2; total, 2P8. .N.-ivy invalid: Original, 5; Increase and additional. 1; restoration and renewal, 2; total, 8. Navy invalid fact June 27.18S0): Origi nal, 17; increase and additional, 9; ac crue.dt -1; total, CO. Na-y widow, etc: Original, 2. NaA-v widow (act June 27, 18S0): Original, 15. Indian Wars Widows: Original, 7; du plicate, 1: total, 8. Mexican War Survivors: Original, 3; in crease and additional. 11: reissue, 1; res toration and renewal, 1; accrued, 9; total, 28. Mexican Wai Widows: Original, 12; du plicate, 1; total, 13. Totals: Original, 1.0C0; increase and addi tional, 318; reissue, -12; restoration and re newal. 57; supplementals, 1; duplicate, 55; accrued, 228. Grand total. 1,702. JHUSTEflED OUT. -E-VANS. At Fort Scott. Kan.. Samuel J. Evans, aged 69. He served in the 26th Mass.; to. L, 4 m Atass.; v;. n. .xi .uass. tt-.A.,anu was mustured out as Sergeant in August. 1835. He was one of the survivors of 270 men captured at Plymouth. N4 C, in April, 18U4. He was eight months inAnder-son-A-ille. GOODWIN. At Germantown, Pa., Edwin Goodwin; 8;h Pa. Car., aged 62. PbATT. At Germantown. Pa., James Piatt, 3d N.J. He served o'er four years. IIOLSER. At Shannon, O.. Peter Holser, Co. E, 1 12d Ohio. SMITH. At East Palermo, N.Y.. Seymour Smith," Co. I, 24th N. Y. Ca-.; member ot Waterbury Post, 418. WEEKS. At Fulton, Mich., of heart disease, Serg't James G. Weeks, Co. G. 151st N. Y.; charter member of Jos. Smith Post, 215. POND At Unity, Wis., Wesley D. Pond, Orderly-Sergeant, Co. M, 4th Mich. Cav. Comrade Pond assisted in the capture ol Jeff Davis. HIHSEKORN. At Chicago, III.. Hiram Hirsekorn, Co. B, 12th III. Cav. KARNES. At Lima, O., J. S. Karnes, 3d Md.; Past Commander of Armstrong Post. WETHERILL. At Lima, O., Alexander Wether II, Co. B, 118th Ohio. . RUTHERFORD. At Pittsburg, Pa., Jesse M. Rutherford, S3d Pa. He also serA-ed on the Raven and Sgnal. He was one of the most expert judges of diamonds and pre cious stones tn.the country, ilis home was at Philadelphia. He Avas a 32d Degree Mason. IIECOX. At Avoca, N. Y., David ITeeox, Co. A, 13!)fh N. V., and member of Post 507. HAM. At Greenleaf, Wis., A. F. Ham, Co. K, 21st Wis., aged 69. He was taken prisoner nt Stone RiA-er, was in Libby Prison, ai)T&. rejoined his .company in time to take ii;u;t at Chickamauga, where he Avas severely wounded. CHURCHMAN. At Oxford, O., Alexander Churchman, 13th U. S. C. T. For a num ber of years he was Commander of " Old John Brown Post," 150. RGBBINS At Charlton, Mass , Stephen Ixobbins. Co. F, 15th Mass., aged 79. TURNER. At New York City, William II. Turner, Sth N. Y., Past Commander of Yanderbilt Post, 130. NEWCOMB. At Albany, N. Y.. Dr. George II. Newcomb, Surgeon. 7th N. Y. Art. Dr. Newcomb was greatly beloved by the rank and rile. After the war he re sumed his practice in Albany, Avhere he attended the poor andaff!icted, largely with out pay. D AFTER. At Newtown, Pa., Richard Dafter, Co. E, 2d N. J. Cav.; member o! Wynkoop Post. 427. DUCKWORTH. At Newtown, Pa., John P. Duckworth, 8th Pa. Cav. He Avas in all the important engagements in Avhich his regiment participated.' GOURLEV. At Newtown, Pa.. Morgan Gourley, Co. I, ISth Pa. Cav. He was twice wounded at Cold Harbor and again- at White Oak Swamp five daj-s later. B -ft.? t r -&&& lXn .rHfy'cK jfi.Jt- ?& . -,. .& ,.. y,, aws. i&. v tf y r - Z ,-f -u,