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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.
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one. Acting Commander- in - Ciiij-f
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at Philadelphia, and it will there be
carried out as published in The Na
tional Teiuune. The parade will be
: 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.
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
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
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
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
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. ,
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
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
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.
The report of Bev
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-
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
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
J he 1'ilipinos arc now getlin
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
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
France has got a new President, but
has the same old Dreyfus scandal, with
out even the whiskers cut off its cuffs.
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,
"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.
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
"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
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
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
"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
" 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
"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
'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
" 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
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)
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