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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINi&TON, D. C, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 1899.
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Among his papers "were found several articles, evidently prepared for the reading of his old comrades, and we shall take pleasure in presenting these at an eariy date. They are: 1. Two Failures to Capture Peters burg. 2. The Cavalry Division of the Armv of the James. 3. "The Wilson Ifcii.l. 4. Winningtv Brevet. 5. Some Thoughts on Brevets. A VANISHING Ol'I'OKTUNITy. Remember that only two weeks more remain of the chance for subscribers of Thk National Tjjiiiuse to get Greeley's American Conflict for only $1 additional. After March 30 the price will be advanced to $2. Greeley's is incomparably the greatest history of the rebellion ever written, and every family should have one, not only for entertainment of the present generation, but for sound instruction of the risino one. Acting Commander- in - Ciiij-f Johnson has approved of the program prepared for the National Encampment at Philadelphia, and it will there be carried out as published in The Na tional Teiuune. The parade will be on Tuesdav. : Volunteers from the high-license .State of Nebraska captured the Manila water works, while those from the Prohibition State of Kansas captured the brewery. But there may be no political significance in this. The people of the Island of Negros are acting in a way that must be dread, fully annoying to the Aunties in the United Stales. They welcomed our forces there, as a great relief, and made bitter complaints of the tyranny and cracky of the robcls. TKXSION rxrKNIIITUKES. Chairman Cannon lias revised his first estimate of the appropriations by the 55th Congress, with the eiTect of making the total $1,56G,890,01G, of which $-182,502,083 is directly chargeable to the war with Spain, leaving for ordinary expenditures 1,04-1,580,273; an excess ol $30,746,058 over the appropriations made by the preceding Congress. He accounts for this excess as follows: For payment of pensions $3,375,200 l-) tlii' postal service, t meet in creased dt manils of commerce; 10,G10,5Sl For m or :m 1 h ;rbor improvements. . 3,101. 12S For con;-tri:ctiii;r rctr ships C0S0.S3S For beginning the work of the 12th cersus.. ..., , 1.P00.000 The PaiiP-K-vpositinn 1,210,000 For new pub.'ic bnildinprs 5,000,000 Forpaymunt of judgments njrninst (he Goviinnu nt uudi r the- How man act and ior the 1 ranch spoliations. 3,100,703 This reduces the item of pension ex penditures nearly $200,000 from that given in his first estimate last week, and shows that" tlie total increase over those of Cleveland's Administration was but $1,037,000 a year. This concrete statement carries in itself the severest disappointment to those who fought through the bitter political campaign of 189G with san guine hopes, and it is incidentally a strong confirmation of all that has been alleged against the management of the Pension Bureau. The complaint against the manage ment of' the Pension Bureau under Cleveland was twofold. First, that tens of "thousands of veterans and their dependent ones were cruelly and most unjustly deprived of pensions which had been bitterly earned by hardest service for the rcunLry. Second, that instead of the lavs being interpreted more liber allv and their relief beinrr extended more promptly, as was imperatively de manded bv the advancing aic of the veterans, the progressive grievousness of their disabilities and rapid rise of the mortality rate among them, the reverie was the case, and the hardship of ob taining their rights intensified in mockery of the bitterness of their needs. Much of the energy of the cam paign of 1SG6 was-directly due to the burning dissatisfaction of the veterans and their friends with the pension policy of the Cleveland Administra tion. It is no exaggeration to sav that it influenced fully 1,000,000 votes. The pension question was everywhere an issue, and very nearly a controlling one. in all the States which cast their votes for McKinley. ' The people were directly asked to approve or disapprove of that policy, and the friends of Maj. McKinley made' the most of the situa tion by bitterly attacking Cleveland's pension policy, and promising a radical amendment if Comrade McKinley were elected. Certainly everybody in the country supposed, and had every right to sup- oce, that one of the results of the vic tory of 189G would be the radical leform of the pension policy, the undo ing of the wrongs which Lochren had been the agent in committing, and the commencement of an era of liberality and justice toward the veterans. The people were prepared for an increase of many millions in the pension expendi tures. They had voted for it and ex pected it, for the matter had been thoroughly discussed before them, and they understood the rightfulness of such an increase. They understood that it would be but temporary, for the injust ices of Cleveland would have to be repaired as far as they could be to the veterans who yet survived. They ex pected that the men and widows who had had their pensions unjustly taken away would have them restored, and that the hundreds of thousands of long waiting applicants would at last have their claims allowed. Two years have now passed, and the total increase of the pension expendi tures has been but $1,937,000 per annum, while the immense clerical force of the Pension Bureau is going through the same dreary, heart-breaking policy of circumlocution, and employing the same subterfuges, evasions and shifts to send the veterans to their graves un pensioned that was inaugurated by Win. Lochren at the command of Grover Cleveland. How long will the veterans and their fiiends endure this? What has become of that promised order of the President modifying the Civil Service? Did it get entangled and thrown overboard with a lot of embalmed beef? There were 20,000 applicants for the 1 23 commissions as Second Lieuten ant. The lucky ones were generally sous of veterans, and young men who had served meritoriously in the volun teers during the recent war. , AMERICAN DII'LOMACT. For a frank, guileless, straightforward democracy, we astonish the whole world with our aptitude for the mazy tricks of diplomacy. Embassador Cambon said in his dispatches home during the war, and recently published in the French Red Book, that we outmanuvered Spain at every diplomatic turn ; wc were in full possession of all ner secrets, even her carefully-guarded State cipher, and when he went to see the President in regard to the first steps toward the proto col, he was astounded to find him in full possession of the secret instructions which had been sent Cambon from Madrid. Yet the canting Pharisees of " Culchah," of which the New York Evening Post is the exponent, have been wailing for years that wc lacked the training and ability to cope with the highly-developed politicians of Europe, and that we needed a " clahs of men, cultivated from generation to generation," to rule this country. Our State Department was managed during the war by a plain Ohio Countyscat lawyer, who probably had never been within a mile of a Civil Service examination. He is a man of decided ability, but few outside of Can ton, O., had ever heard of him, before President McKinley appointed him As sistant Secretary of State, and there is every reason for believing that any little city of 30,000 population in the country could furnish an equally able Secretary of State. . The veterans of Iowa seem to be thoroughly aroused upon the question of having their State for once represented in the .United States Senate by a com rade. Iowa sent a multitude of as fine soldiers as the world ever saw into the armv, and thev were great fighters everywhere. Out of a loial population of 074,913 she furnished, reduced to a three years standard, GS, 118 men, of whom 3,540 were actually killed in battle and 9,4G1 died from other causes, making her total deaths 13,001, o"r 19 per cent. nearly one in every five of her quota. Wherever an Iowa regiment appeared it was a credit to the State and to the army. Such a record as this certainly deserves representation in the Senate, and there is excellent Senatorial material among the Iowa veterans, both in and out cf the Congressional dele gation. Senator Suf.mvan, of Mississippi, expressed grc;;t surprise at discovering that the Disability Act of 1890. allowed a pension to any veteran who was disabled, without reference to the income or property that he might possess. The Senator is new in the halls of Congress, or he would know that the proposition to put a-" pauper" feature in the Act was thoroughly dis cussed for several "ears while it was pending, and was very properly dis carded by Congress, for good and sufficient reasons. He would also know that there was no such a feature in the pension acts for the soldiers of the War of 1812, or the Mexican war, and that one of the very first claimants under the latter law was " Cerro Gordo " Williams, then a Senator from Ken tucky, and one of the richest men in Kentucky. If the Senator will make a little investigation in his own State he will find quite a number of his well-to-do constituents who are drawing pen sions for services in the Mexican or Indian wars. Fully 10 per cent, of the volunteers in the Philippines are said to express a desire to remain there after discharge. This is what we had expected and hoped for. Now let the Government encour age this and also settlement in Cuba by surveying the islands, determining what are public lands, and giving a grant to every soldier who will settle down upon it, and start a coffee, sugar, tobacco or other plantation. This will reward the men who fought for the country, and it will do more than anything else to civilize the islands and give them a stable Government. The so-called Cuban Assembly has formally desposed Gen. Gomez from command. But Gomez has been reco"--nized by the United States, while the Assembly has not, and so he has a hand ful of trumps, where they cannot show up even a picture card, r Tiii' latest news from Manila is that Gens. Otis and Lawton have started out oh a grand hunt for the Aguinaldoites, and the result will be the liveliest sprint ing ever known in the archipelago. By the lime the rainy season sets in Agui naldoism will be very unpopular. FOKTO KICO. I 1 The report of Bev Father Thomas E. Y a Sherma.n, 'Tesuit, to the Secretary of ar, slio,vs '"fhat he has inherited large portion of his distinguished father's genius1 for' observation and gen- v 1 erali'.atioiu He finds the people of Porto Rico gentle, docile and kind, with the disorderly, element a very small fraction, dhd .6ne that can bo easily dealt with.5 Profound respect is felt for American rejoice at authority, and all classes escaping from the corrupt dominion of Spain. The Latin races, he says, are far less frank than our own, and more timid. Friendship, kinship, and fear frequently prevent giving informa tion in regard to crime and criminals, but by proper management these can be overcome, and the country readily gov erned. The island is an earthly para dise, where everything contributes to happiness. The first great need is for good roads. These would add immensely to the wealth and prosperity of the island, and facilitate its Government. Father Sherman finds the religious condition most unsatisfactory. The people are nominally Catholic, but only nominally. The churches are very poorly attended. The priests were Gov ernment officials, mostly -Spaniards, and had little interest in their flocks beond squeezing money out of them. Sunday had little or no observance. In a great part of the island the sacrament of con firmation hod not been administered for years. The priests were more inter ested in politico and money-making than their sacerdotal duties. Now most of the Spanish priests have gone back home. There are many excellent priests remaining, who are native to the island, and the hopes of the island are on these, but the building up of the Church to what it should be is an anxious problem. The organized charity is very defect ive, and the blind haunt the roadside, begging. There is an immense amount of public begging, a great deal of pov erty, heavy infant mortality, and much malformation of, children on account of insufficient nourishment. The burial svslem is barbarous, and the number o illegitimate children born exceeds that of the legitimate. Concubinage is not discouraged either legally or socially. Commissioner Evans's pet scheme, namely, t,hey?rqhibitiiig of pension' here after to any widow of an old 'soldier un less she was married to the deceased be fore March 3, 1809, the date of the law, has found a placein thestatuTes through the process of sneaking it into a bill of another nature, under the cover of a conference report. A bill to regulate - the payment of pensions of inmates of State Homes and branches of the Na tional Homes went to conference on disagreeing votes of the House and Senate. When it emerged, lo and be hold, it contained foreign matter Mr. Evans's hobby with no reference thereto in the conferees' report! In the confusion and haste incident to the closing days of a Congress, this most important legislation apparently escaped notice, and Mr. Evans is now able to rub his hands and stroke his Napoleonic that is to say, Mephistophelian chin whiskers in very ecstacy at the thought that he has foiled some "young ad venturess" having designs on an 68 or perhaps 12 pension as widow, and so lo become, as all will agree, at once in command of all comforts and luxuries of life. It must be pleasing to Mr. Evans to know that he has placed the helpmate of the declining years of many a brave man beyond the insignificant aid to support afforded by a widow's pension. J he 1'ilipinos arc now getlin O (T a lesson in the insatiable propensity of the Americaii'Soldier to hunt his enemy to his hole,' and never let up as long as he shows the least sign of fight. It in something jjhtirely unheard of before in Oriental fighting. The evidence continues to accuma late that a considerable part of the canned ro'ast beef was very bad. This is surprising, as the canned goods could be traced more directly to the contractors Until any other kind of meat, and it would seem to be business suicide to let such supplies go out. Now the public demands to know, and it has every right to know, who put up those cans. Let us have the names of the guilty parties, and punishment meted out to fit the crime, and prevent its repetition. France has got a new President, but has the same old Dreyfus scandal, with out even the whiskers cut off its cuffs. things in X5 Veter&n Si Kleg;: and .his chum Shorty, both of the 200th Jnd., at Chicl'timaifga engage in fierce battle. Si and Shorty capture a rebel flag, bnt. both fall iu the melee. They aro taken off the field in bad condition. Deacon Klegg hears about it and journeys to the hospital. He fails to he able to buy some chickens lor Sis broth t n account of the owner's fear of taking TJ. S. money. So he raids his roost in the darkness, drops a ?f bill at the feet of the owner, and dashes away, iu time to escape capture by the Johnnies. He makes a savory dish for Stand Shorty. Foraging again he surprises and captures a team containing provisions pre pared for the men in a rebel camp by the same people from whom he got the chickens. Keing conscientious, he tries to return the team later. Rebel artillery frightens the horse, which demolishes the wagon. A com- 'AYiiat Do You Think ok pnny of Union cavalry relieves the Dearon of the horce and gives him a cow, which is claimed as Gen. Kosecrans's. The General recognizes Mr. Klegg and consents to let Si and Shorty go home with him, which they do. Shorty gets a letter from a sweetheart he has never seen. The letter is read before the family, and makc3 Shorty so ashamed that he leaves secret lv to return to incut, and wakes up at Jcflcrscnvillc, Ind Shorty Iliis a Tour of Duly as Orderly at the Gcnural's IIcu.dii:ti'tcrH. "Well," said the General, after he had listened to Shorty's story, and questioned him a little, "you arc all right now. I'll take care of you. The Surgeon saj's that you arc not fit to go back to the front, and will not be for some time. They have got more sick and convalescents down there now than they can take gcod care of. The army's gone into Winter qnartcrs, and will probably stay there until Spring opens, so that they don't need either of us. I'll detail you as Orderly at these Headquarters, and you can go back with me when I do." "I s'posc that's all right and satisfactory," said Slioitj-, saluting. ''It's got to be, any way. In the army a man with a star on his shoulder's got the last say, and kin move the previous question whenever he wants to. J never had no hankerin' for a job around Headquarters, and now that I'm a Korpril I ought to be with my company. Bat they need you worse'u they do me, and I've noticed that you was always as near the front as anybody, so I don't think I'll lose no chances by stayiu' with yon." 'I promise you that we shall both go as soon as there's" any prospect of something worth going for," said the General, smiling, '' JJeport theie to Wilson. He will instruct yon as to your duties." Wilson's first instrnction3 were as to Shorty's personal appearance. He must pet a clean shave and a hair-cut, a neck-lie, box of paper collars, a pair of white glove. have blouse neatly brushed, and buttoned to his throat, and his shoes polished. ' Dress parade every day ? " asked Shorty, despairingly. "Ju.st the same a3 dres3 parade every day," answered ihe Chief Clerk. "Don't want any scarecrows around these Head quarters. We're on dress parade all the time before the people and the other soldiers, and must show them how soldiers onght to appear. You'll find a barber-shop and a bootblack around the corner. Make for them at once, and get yourself in shape to repre sent Headquarters properly." "Don't know but I'd rather go to the front and dig rifle-pits than to wear paper collars and white gloves every day in the week," soliloquized Shorty, as he walked out on the street. "Don't mind 'em on bniulay, when you km take 'cm oil agin when the company's dismissed from parade: but to put 'cm on in the mornin' when-you git up, and wear 'em till you go to bed at night O, Jehosephst ! Don't think I've got the constitution to stand that sort o' thing. But it's ordeis, and I'll do it, even if it gives me softcum' o' the brain. Here you (beckoning to a bootblack) piita250-pouuder Monitor coat o' polish on them Tennessee Kivcr gunboats. Fall in, promptly, now." The little darky gave an estimating glance at the capacious cowhides, which had not had a touch of the brush since being drawn from the Quartermaster, and then yelled to a companion on the other side of tho street: "Hey, Taters, come lend me a spit. I'se got an army con track." " Vhatgolor off a gravat do you vant?" asked the Jewish vender of haberdashery, who was rapid y amassing a fortune from the soidieis. "Dere's plack, red, kreen, plue all lofely golors, unt de vinest kint off silk. Yoost de same as Chencral Kraut vears. He puys lods off me. Von't puy off nopody else vhen he gan ket to me. Now, dere's vuu dat'll yoost suit 3'6ur light gomplexion. Yon gan vear dat on St. Batrick's day." And he picked out one of bright green that would hae made Shorty's throat seem in wild revolt against his hair. "Well, I don't know," said Shorty meditatively, pulling over tho lot. Than a thought struck him. Taking out the bit of Maria's dress, he said: "Give me something as near as possible the color of that." "Veil, l'vo- kot rid off datt off-colored ncg-dic, dat I fought I uefcr vould sell," meditated tlie Jew as Shorty left. i m abet yoost a tollar-unt-a-haluf on aggount off dat vild Irishman's kirl. Veil, de kirls kirl. Veil, de kirls ket some fellers udders oiid." into sgrapes, unt helps With this philosophical observation the Jew resumed his pleasant work of marking up his prices to better accord with his enlaigcd views as to the profits he could get of the soldiers. When Shorty returned to Headquarters, neatly shaven and brushed, and took the position cf a soldier before the Chief Clerk, that functionary remarked approvingly: "Very good, very good, indeed. You'll he an omameii to Headquarters." ir j. a l Htf.-.'oWl S3 And the General, entering the room at that time, added: "Yes, you are as fine a looking soldier as one'' would wish to see, and an example to others. F.nt you have not your Cor poral's chevrons on. Allow me to present you with a pair. 7t gives me pleasure, for you have well-earned them." Stepping back into his office he retnrncd with the chevrons in his hand. " There, find a tailor outside somewhere to sew thent on. You are now a non-commissioned officer on my staff, and I expect you to do all you can to maintain its character and dignity." Shorty's face Hushed with pride as he saluted, and thought, without saying: "You jest bet I will. Any" loafer that don't pay proper respect to this here staft'll git his blamed neck broke." "Here," said the Chief Clerk, handing Shorty an official envelope, when the latter returned from having his chevrons sewed on. "Take this donti to Col. Killing. Mind you do it in proper style. Don't get to sassing old JMlmgs. Stick the envelope in your belt, walk into the office, take the position of a soldier, salute, and hand him the envelope, saying With the compliments of the General,' salute again, about-face, and walk out." " I'll want to punch his rotten old head off the minute I set eyes on him," remarked Shorty, sotto voce; "but the character and dignity of the staff must be maintained." .Lieut. -Col. Killings started, and his face flushed, when he saw Shortv stalk in, That?" Said the Gambler. severely erect and soldierly. Billings was too little of a soldier to comprehend the sitnation. His fust thought was that Shorty, having been taken under the General's wing, had come back to triumph over him, and he prepared himself with a volley of abuse to meet that of his visitor. But Shorty, with stern .eyes straight to the ftout, marched np to him, saluted in one-two-thrce time, drew the envelope from his belt, and thrust it at him, as he would his gun to the inspect ing officer on parade, announced in curtly ollicial tones, "With General's cunpliments, sir," saluted again, about faced as if touched with a spring, and marched stifily toward the door. Billing3 hurriedly glanced at the papers, and saw that instead of some unpleasant order from the General, which he had feared, they were merely some routine matters. His bullying instinct at once reasserted it self: " Puttin' on a lot o' scollops since, just be cause you're detailed at Headquarters," he called out after Shorty. "More style than a red-ribbon horse at a County lair, just be cause the General took a little notice of 3'ou. But you'll not last long. I know you." "Sir," said Shorty, facing about and stiffly saluting, "if you've got any message for the General, I'll deliverit If you hain't, keep your head shet." "O, go on; go on, now, you two-for-a-cent Corporal. Don't you give me any more ol your slack, or I'll report you for 3"our im pudence, and have them stripes jerked offen you.' Hot words sprang to Shorty's lips, but he remembered the General's injunction about the character and dignity of the staff, and. restrained himself to merely saying: "Col. Billings, some dav I won't belong to the staff, and yon won't have no shoulder straps. Then I'll invite you to a little dis cussion, without no moderator in the chair." "Go on, now. Don't yon dare threaten me." shouted Billings. " now'd you get along with Billings?" inquired the Chief Clerk, when Shorty re turned. "Abont as well as the monkey and the parrot did," answered Shorty, and he de scribed the interview, ending with: r " I never saw a man who was achin' for a good lickin' like that old bluffer. And he'll git it jest as soon as he's out o' the service, if I have to walk a hundred miles to give it to him." "I'm afraid you'll have to wait a good while,'' answered Wilson. " He'll stay in the service as long as he can keep a good soft berth like this. He's now bombarding every body that's got any influence, with telegrams to use it to keep Lim here, in the public in terest. He claims that on account of his familiarity with things here he i.-; much more al nable to the Go eminent here than he v.onld be in the field." "No doubt o' that," said Shorty. "He aint worth a groan in the infernal regions at tlie front. He only takes the place and eats the rations of some man that might be of value." "See here," said Wilson, pointing to a pile of letters and telegrams on his desk. " These are protests against Billings being superseded and sent away. More are coming in all the time. They are worrying the General like everything, for he wants to do the right thing. But I know that they all come from a ring of fellows around here who sell whisky and slop-shop goods to the sol diers, and skin them alive, and are protected by Billings. They're whacking up with him, and they want him to stay. I'm sure of it, but I haven't any proof, aud there's no use saying anything to the General, unless I've got the proof to back it" ""Wonder if I couldn't help git the proof," suggested Shorty, with his sleuth in stincts reviving. "Just the man," said the Chief Clerk eagerly, " if you go about it right. You're a stranger here, aud scarcely anybody knows that you belong to Headquarters. 'Get your self back in the shape you were this morn ing, and go ont and try your luck. It'll just he bully if we can down this old blow hard." Shorty took off his belt and white gloves, unbuttoned his blouse, and lounged down the street to tlie quarter where the soldiers most congregated, to be fleeced by the harpies gathered there as the best place to catch men going to o ueturning from the front. Shorty soon recognized running evil-looking shops, various kiuds of games, and drinking dens, several men who had infested the camps about Nashville and Murfreesboro, until the Provost-Marshal had driven them away. "Billings has gathered nil his old friends about him," said he to himself. "I guess I'll find somebody here that I kin use." "Hello, Injtanny; what are 3ou doin' here?" inqniied a man in civilian clothes, but nnmislakably a gambler. Shorty remembered him at once as the man with whom he had had the adventure with the loaded dice at Murfreesboro. With tho fraternity of the class, neither remem bered that little misadventure against the other. " They had matched their wits for a wrestle, a-:d when tho grapple was over it was over. Shoity therefore replied pleasantly: "O, jest loafin' back here,gittin' well of a crack on the head and the camp fever." Into anything to put in the time?" " Naah," said Shorty woariedly. " Nearly dead for something. Awful stoop:d lavin' around up there among them hayseed:?, doin' nnihin. Jest mn down to .Tcifersonville to see if I couldn't strike something that'd 5ome life in it." "Well, I kin let yon into a good thing. I've bin runnin' that .s'ultfin over there, with another man, and tbui' well, but he let his temper git a way with him. and slip ped a knite into a sucker, and they've got him in jail, where he'll stay awhile. " I must have another partner. Got any money ? " "A hundred or so," answered Sliorty. "Well, that's enough. I don't want money so much a the right kind of a man. Put up 3"our stuff, and I'll let on in cahoots with me, and we'll make a bar'l o' money out o' these new troops that'll begin coming down this week." " f like the itlee. But how do you know you kin run your game. This Provost-Marshal " "O, the Provost's all right, lie's an old friend o' mine. I have him dead to rights. Only whack up fair with him, nnd you'r all right. Only pinches them that want to hog on him, and won't share. I've bin runnin' right along here for weeks, and 've hail no trouble, i give up mv little divvv whenever he asfci for it" "If I was only certain o' that," said Shorty meditatively, "I'd" "Certain? Come right over here to that ranch, and have a drink, and I'll show jou, so's you can't be mistaken. I tell you, I'm solid as a rock with him." When seated at a quiet table, with their glassis in front of them, the gambler pulled some papers from his breast pocket, and selecting one, shoved it at Shorty with the in quiry: " There, what do you think o' that? " Sliorty read over laboriously: "Deer Bat: Send me 50 please. Iset be hind two small j-air last night, while the other feller had a full, & Ime strapt this morning. Yores, Billings." "That seems convincing," said Shorty. "Then look at this," said the gambler, producing another paper. It read: "Deer Bat: Got yore $100 all riht but doant send by that man again. He's shaky, and talks too much. Bring it yourself, or put it in an envelope directed to me, & drop it in ray box. Yores, Billiuga." "That's enough," said Shorty, with his mind in a tumult, a3 to how he was to get these papers into his possession. " I'll go in with you, if yoa'll take me. Here's my fist" He reached ont and shook hands with Bat Mcacham over the bargain, and called to the waiter, "Here, fill 'em up agin." Shorty palled some papers out of his pocket to search for h3 money, and fnmbled them over. There were two pieces among them resembling the scraps on which Billings had written his notes. They contained some army doggerel which the poet of Co. Q had written, and Shorty was carrying about as litcrar3 treasures. The waiter wiped off the table as he re placed the glasses, and Short3' lifted up the gambler's papers to permit him to do so. He hud down his own papers instead, and with them a $10 bill. "There." he said; "I find that's all the moue3' - hiive with me, but it's enough to bind the bargain. I left a couple hundred with the clerk at the tavern. I'll go right up and git it, and we'll settle the thing right here. "Very good," replied Bat Meachsm; "git hack as quick as yon kin. You'll find me either here or hangin' around near. Let's fix the thing up and git ready. I think a new regiment'll be down here to-morrow, aud all the men'll have their first installment o' bounty and a mouth's pay." Shorty hurried hack, to Headquarters and laid his precions papers before the Chief Clerk, who could not contain his exultation. " Won't there lie a tornado wheu the General sees these in the morning," he ex claimed. "He's gone ont to camp, now, or I'd take them right to him. Bnt he shall have them first thing in the morniug." The next morning, Shorty waited with eager impatience, while the General waj closeted with his Chief Clerk. Presently the General stepped to the door and said .sternly: "Corporal." " Yes, sir," said Shorty springing to his feet a: id -saluting. " Go down at once to the Provost-Marshal's office and tell Col. Billings to come to Headquarters at once. To come at once, without a moment's delay." "Yes, sir," said Shorty saluting, with a furtive -winh at the Chief Clerk, which said as plainly as words, " No presenting compli ments th3 time." He found Billings, all unconscious of the impending storm, dealing out wrath on those who were hauled before him. "Col. Billings," said Shorty, standing stiff as a ramrod and cnrtly saluting, "the Gen eral wants you to come to Headquarters at once." "Very well," replied Billings; "report to the General that I'll come as soon as I dispose of this business." "That'll not do," said Shorty with stern imperiousness. "The General orders (with a gloating emphasis on ' orders ') 3'ou to drop ever3"thiug else, and come instantly. Yon'ro to go right back with me." Shorty enjoyed the manifest consternation in Billings's face as he beard this summons. The men of the office pricked up their ears, and looked meaningly nt pne another. Shorty saw it all, and s.ood as straight and stern as if abont to lead Billings to execu tion. Billings, with scowling face, picked up his hat, buttoned his coat, and walked out. " Do you know what the General wants with me, Shorty?" he asked in a concilia tory "way, when they were aloue together on the sidewalk. 'My name's Corporal Elliott. You will address me as such," answered Shorty. uGo to the devil," said Billings. Billings tried to assume a cheerfully-genial air as he entered the General's office, but the grin faded at the sight of the General's stern countenance. " CoL Billings," said the General, hand ing him the two pieces of paper, " do you recognize these ? " " Cant say that I do," answered Billings, pretending to examine them while he could recover his wits sufficiently for a line of de fense. "Don't attempt to lie to me," said the General wrathfully, "or I'll forget myself sufficiently to tear the straps from -onr dis graceful shoulders. I have compared these with rother specimens of 3our handwriting, until I have no doubt I have sent for you not to hear 3our defense, or to listen to any words from 3'on. I want you to merely sit down there and sign this resignation, and then get out of my office as quickly as you jean, I don t want to breathe thn simn air I with Vfin r ATTirllK in rrnrf-rfrf Til -rrirt otw! set you to hard work on the fortifications, but I hate the scaud.il. I have already tele graphed to Arui3" Headquarters to accept 3'our resignation by wire, and I shall send it 03 telegraph. I cannot get 3'ou out of the army too quickby. Sign this, and leave my office, and take off j'our person ever3' sign of 3our connection with the army. I shall give orders that if 3ou appear on the street with so much as a military button on, it shall be torn off 3'ou." As the crushed Lieutenant-Colonel was leaving the office, Shorty lounged up, and said: "' See here, Mister.Billings you'ie Mister Billings now, aud a mighty ornery Mister, too, I'm going to lay for you, aud settle several little p'iuts with you. You've bin breed tn' u busted head, and I'm detailed to give it to you. Git out, you hound." (To be continued)