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CorrMpondrncc Corrcpondenre Is sollclt d
from every section In regard to Grand Army J onsol
Veterans Itnslon and Military matters and letters
to the Editor will always recelV piompt attention
of the only We do not
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Address all communications to
Office 339 Pennsylvania Avenue N W
Kaxsas is an illustration of the differ
ence between passing rigid temperance
laws and enforcing them
One of the humors of politics is W J
Bryan lecturing Grover Cleveland for giv
ing unsolicited advice
Politicians have reason for being cow
ardly They never know just where and
how they are going to land For instance
Civil Service Commissioner Rodenbcrg
while n Representative was strongly
against the Civil Service Commission and
voted against any appropriation to pay its
It is said that Chairman J K Jones
of Arkansas is slated for one of the St
Xouis Exposition Commissionerships He
certainly deserves something very hand
some from this Administration No one
could bavo managed the last Democratic
campaign to the greater satisfaction of the
Republican candidates than Senator Jones
It is generally believed in Washington
that somo time ago tho President informed
the Kansas delegation that he wanted
to recognize the splendid work done in
that State for the party by giving them
the new Commissioner of Pensions if they
could agree npon the man There was
and probably is yet some difficulty about
making this agreement for there is no
lack in Kansas of splendid material for
any office in the Government And the
State is particularly rich in veterans of
fine war records who would make good
Commissioners of Pensions
One of the first names considered was
that of John C Carpenter of Chanute
who was Commander of thcDepartment
of Kansas in 1S6S and is now a Stats
Ssnator He was an applicant for one
of the Commissioner ships of the St Louis
Exposition but the President had so many
ex Senators and Representatives to pro
vide for that this could not be given It
is said the delegation agreed upon him
for Commissioner of Pensions but after
consideration he declined
The other Kansans said to be under
consideration are Comrade A W Smith
Farmer Smith of McPherson who
is likely to be the next Department Com
mander He is a large strong man in
every sense -a popular politician having
ben for years a member of the Kansas
House and several times its Speaker
He was a Sergeant in the 19th U S cap
tured at Chickamauga and a prisoner for
18 months He is chuck full of good
horse sense and his selection would be
very agreeable to the comrades oi Kansas
and in fact everywhere as he was a real
soldier and is one of the comrades
Col Dick Blue of Pieasonton Col
Bine has a splendid record in the 3d W
Va Cth W Va Cav and is one of the
ablest lawyers in Kansas He was
from Kansas for one
term and is Tery popular among the vet
erans He is generally elected a Delegate
to the National Encampments and served
on the G A R National Committee on
Pensions that secured the passage of the
Act of June 27 1900
Capt Samuel R Peters of Newton
Capt Peters enlisted in the 73d Ohio in
1861 and served nearly four years rising
through the ranks of Sergeant Lieutenant
and Adjutant to Captain He was elected
Judge of the 9th Judicial District of Kan
sas and a member of tho 49th 50th and
51st Congresses where he represented the
largest district in the United States con
sisting of 37 counties comprising the
whole western end of Kansas west of
longitude 9S30 and almost half of the
There are other names said to be under
It seems that we were correct in our
judgment recently that the recrudescence
of the abuse of pensioners and pension at
torneys and praise of Evanss shrewdness
and fidelity in foiling them was intended
to hold up the President for a higher
office than he had yet offered Evans
Those tirades all said with more or lessi
distinctness that Mr Evans 4had simply
carried out the Presidents policy and
Ftood between him and blame This has
apparently had tho desired effect A
month ago th correspondents were sug
gesting Consulships iu Japuu and else
where for Evans the salary of vUiich is
from 4000 up TUs was what Evans
was kickiug against Now they are be
ginning talking about hira for Minister to
Japan the salary of which Is 12000 i
place in tho Philippine Commission or
Minister to Venezuela salary 10000
Monday last tho talk was decidedly in the
direction of Venezuela and Evans threw
his usual large bouquets at himself wlth
the statement
Mr Evans Is famiiar through his
long friendship and intercourse with the
President with tha purrose of the Admin
istration and would be particularly well
fitted in many particulars for the post at
Caracas i
Wo mentionthls as a matter of curios
ity merely 5one of the veterans care a
fig what becomes of Evans so long aa he
gets out of the Pension Bureau They
may have a mild sympathy with tho
Venezuelans to whichever Evans
may bo sent but that is all Venezuela
particularly has been acting very badly
t late and perhaps deserves this
The capture of Aguinaldo was a feat of
the genuinely electrifying kind siich as
has shed luster on tlnf American arms in
every struggle in which we have been en
gaged It is like Decaturs detraction
of the frigate Philadelphia Cushings
blowing up of the rebel ram Albemarle
and ninny other achievements which could
be enumerated which show that we never
lack not only men of the highest courage
but those also who have the ability to
cope with and master tEc most adverse
conditions that -can confront them
Decatur found the captured Philadel
phia in the harbor of Tripoli surrounded
by the enemys fleet and under the heavy
guns of the forts He resorted to u
stratagem to get inside the harbor and
alongside of her whero lie settled matters
by a desperato light on her decks with su
perior numbers
By stratagem Cushing succeeded in get
ting his handful of men alongside the Al
bemarle where they blew her side in with
a torpedo and then took their chances
with her infuriated crew and other de
Fnnstons exploit was as desperate as
either of these He took his life and
those of the devoted band which accom
panied him in his own hands when ho pen
etrated through a wild and hostile coun
try directly into the camp of the leader of
the insurrection and captured him in the
midst of his bodyguards and what re
mained of the forces with which he lias
been wagiug war against the United States
for two years At any moment from the
time of starting a massacre of the whole
party was- imminent and most probable
from the treachery or indiscretion even
of somo of the members A failure at
the critical moment to carry out every do
tail of the complicated plan would have
resulted In the same bloody massacre
There was no certainty either in the in
formation as to the numbers that would
have to be dealt with when Aguinaldos
headquarters were reached
Liko Decaturs and Cushings exploits
almost every chance but one was against
success Funston took that one chunce
and- won
The Regular Army clique in the War
Department naturally attempted through
its syndicate of correspondents to pooh
pooh and belittle the achievement of a vol
unteer but the people recognized it too
overwhelmingly to be denied The Presi
dent understood this and promptly and
properly rewarded Funston by a Brigadier-
Generalship in the Regular Army There
upon went up a wail that in tho nature
of things the army would be commanded
for 10 years by a volunteer As if the
Army of the United States lias not nearly
always been commanded by volunteers
Twelve out of 19 commanders were ap
pointed from civil life and they have com
manded it for 78 of the 112 years it has
been in existence The remainder of the
time it was commanded by McCIcllan
Hallcck Graut Sherman Sheridan and
Schofield who got all their rank and repu
tation by service with the volunteers
There is another gratification to the vet
erans in that Funston is the son of a vet
eran His father was a good soldier and
First Lieutenant of tho ICth Ohio But
The effect of the capture both military
and moral can not help being prodigious
In a military way it takes from the in
surgents their head and chief inciter and
director The rebellion can not now help
collapsing into spasmodic guerrilla raids
which will be promptly and effectively
handled by Lieutenants and Sergeants
The moral effect will be conclusive Like
all semi civilized peoples a leader is every
thing to the Filipinos All their leaders
are now in American hands There will
be no further thought of resistace
The demonstration of the thorough and
far reaching character of the Americans
will Tie most ImpressfveT The Spaniards
contented themselves with defending them
selves in their towns with occasional puni
tive raids into tha surrounding country
which nevcrrcached the leaders On tho
other hand the Americans show a strenu
ous disposition to hunt every enemy to his
holevand kill or capture him This will
have the most pdwcrfui influence in pnei
fying the country The way in which
Funston succeeded in penetrating to Ag
uinaldos distant and inaccessible retreat
and capturing him in the midst of his fol
lowers will have a paralyzing effect upon
other would be leaders and upon the peo
ple who look up to them It showed an
American superiority of courage deter
mination and wily strategy that will be
most conclusive to the Filipinos
Editor National Thiduxe My at
tention has been called to ah article in a
recent issue of your valued paper concern
ing a statement purporting to have come
from mo to the effect that if the legis
lation proposed by the Pension Commit
tee of the Grand Army had been enacted
into law the expenditure would reach the
sum of 1000000000 annually I do not
wonder as you remarked that you could
not possibly understand how I came to
make such an extraordinary statement
but you will understand tho matter better
when I assure you that I never suggested
thought of dreamed or made a statement
of that kind nor did I ever iu my life
say that the late Representative Sim
was a member of tho G A R National
Pension Committee It was tho other
fellow who had tho pipe dream the
enterprising newspaper correspondent who
sent out the fake dispatch attributing
to me a statement so utterly absurd as to
carry on its face its own refutation
Respectfully yours-
Concord N nMarcu 301901
We arc particularly glad to get this let
ter from Senator Gallingcr and to learn
that he has been badly misrepresented
It seemed incredible that a man of his in
formation on pension matters should have
made such a statement and yet the article
appeared uncontradicted in many papers
It is amazing that the pension linrs
should have the hardihood to give the
authority of the Chairman of tha Senate
Committee on Pensions for such an eg
gregious fabrication
There have been a iot of studiously
alarming exaggerations principally ema
nnting from tho Coraiuo Ioncr of Pen
sions as to the cost of measures coming
from or said to come from the G A R
National Committee on Pensions but this
billion dollar proposition was a violent as
sault upon the credulity of every thinking
man Tfiey uiu not stop to think that
1000000000 would givo 1000000 pen
sioners 1000 a year apiece Even the
Commissioner of Pensions would stop
short of making fcuch a palpable exagger
ation Nothing that tha G A R Com
mittee has seriously considered has con
templated more than the additional ex
penditure of some 2000000 or 3000000
a small fraction of what was seriously
attempted to be thrown away on ploy
ing harrowing and sprinkling some alleged
navigable streams by the River and Har
bor BUI
IT 13 expected that tho President will
appoint the new Commissioner this week
bo as to close up the matter before start
ing for the Pacific Coast
k i
emmen statistics
The Independent has made a census of
the religions denominations in the United
States and a comparison of their growth
in the last decade which is generally ac
cented as substantially correct It is as
Seventh Day
Life and Advent Union
ltegular Xorth
Regular South
Iti gumr Colored
Hretliren lu Christ Ulver
Jtomnn Catholics
Christina Catholic Donie
iiiiristisin scientists
Church of tod
Church of the New Jeru
Discipus of Christ
Gorman Baptists Con
German Ilaptlsts Old
German Baptists tro
Iroteslnnt Episcopal
IJiformpd Episcopal
Evangelical Bodies
Evangelical Association
United Evangelical
Friends Orthodox
German Evangelical Synod
Greek Church
Greek Orthodox
Russian Orthodox
Latter Day Saints
Reorganized Chnrch
General Synod
United Synod la tho
General Council
Synodlcal Conference
Independent Synods
Methodist Episcopal
African M E
African M E Zion
Methodist Protestant
Wosleyan McthoiIUt
Methodist Episcopal
lreurtcrian In U S A
Cumberland Presbyter
Cumberland Presbyter
ian Colored
Welsh Calrinlstlc
United Presbyterian
Presbyterian in U S
Reformed In America
Reformed In U S
Christian Reformed
Salvation Army
United Brethren
United lirethren
United Brethren Old
3SW 1U00
2sau wntn
joi8 iow
SOOIiO 073820
i28X0fi0 iosir
OiS J000
C2ttl7 SfilOiai
8721 100010
2311 IXW
On 7G7D
51771 02o71
S71017 l14tVJAJ
313 31SSC5
T 1000
100 20000
13504 4300
1304 JC ailtBi
1443 2
lOIGlO 191442
2240334 271043
452723 673501
i4D78S Klti271
1410S 1S1UB
16492 17201
1209970 14578CI
7S3221 073133
101040 1S0102
12950 kooo
12722 12000
01402 115001
02070 107591
201018 243513
12470 180W
8742 40000
202174 213811
22807 20043
07710 71009
49194 43420
IjmillOR rnmllle riitlRiitnl
latlon 1058135
This exhibit contains many interesting
features ns well as surprises for those
who are interested in the development of
Christian influence in the country In the
first place it shows that contrary to the
assertions of many the different churches
have generally grown a little faster than
the population and the churclngoing ele
ment has everywhere made a healthy in
Some of the smaller denominations show
astonishing development The Seventh
Day Baptists for example have almost
exactly doubled The Church of God has
increased nearly CO per cent tho Disci
ples of Christ nbout Ut per cent the
Dunkards over CO per cent tho Qun
kcrs nbout 15 per cent the Greek Church
shows a great growth on account of the
influx of Russians and Dnnubinns The
Mormons have more than doubled The
Salvation Army has increased about COO
fold The United Brethren have increased
20 per cent whllo the Unitarians are
barely holding their own and the Univcr
salists show a decrease Of the great de
nominations the Roman Catholics show
an increase of S3 per cent which is not
surprising considering the immense immi
gration from Italy Poland and Bohemia
The Baptists show an immense strength
of J430833 nud an increase of over
1000000 in the past 10 years If the
Baptists wcro counted as the Roman
Catholics are that is every member of
the family it would show that the Bap
tists considerably outnumber the Roman
Catholics Probably nearly one quarter
of onr population incline toward the Bnp
tlst teachings The bulk of the member
ship and the larger Increase is in the
Tho Congrcgationalists show an in
crease of about 20 per cent Tho Episco
palians show nn increase of 50 per cent
and have climbed up ahead of the Cou
In spite of the diminished immigration
from Germany and tho Scandinavian coun
tries theIUthcrans show a growth from
a total of 1131072 In 1800 to 1000878
in 1000 or nearly 33 per cent
The Methodists show n gtowth from
4413324 in 1800 to 5582503 in 1000 an
increase of 1100209 or about 25 per
The white Methodists in the Xorth have
increased about 20 per cent the colored
Methodists about 50 per cent and tho
white Methodists South only about 10 per
cent If we apply the Roman Catholic
rule of enumeration to tho Methodists it
would appear that considerably over one
third of our population incline to Metho
The Presbyterians have increased in 10
years from 1204735 to 1040303 a
growth of over 30 per cent Tho regular
Presbyterians have increased over 25 per
cent the colored Presbyterians more than
trebled their number the United Presby
terians increased over 22 per cent and
the Southern Presbyterians ubOut 25 per
The Reformed Churches have grown
from 309458 to 300145 in 10 years an in
crease of 20 per cent
Yi ta atmrnlir linn llnnnlmnnc nil lt
papers which have been bitterly opposed
10 pensions mm veieaus are mm Jir
Evanss removal is demanded by pension
shaiks only
xamaker says that President Harrison
never broke a promise Several hundred
thousand veterans can gratefully testify
tg that
Cleveland is preparing free rjimrters
for from 25000 to 30000 veterans at the
National Encampment School buildings
arid halls will be utilized and 15000 cots
have been contracted for
Anothei grief for tho Aunties Ag
uinaldo expresses himself highly gratified
with his treatment since capture Why
dont he pose ns a martyr and give them
something to wall over
Teebe has been a little talk of appoint
ing Hon Jos Mnnley of Maine Commis
sioner of Pensions but during his visit
to Washington last week Mr Manky said
that he was not candidate for that office
or any other Last year ho refused tho
office of Commissioner of Internal Rev
Cojrljbtfdiswjtj tlirpibllhenor Tin National
SI Finds Ont a Treasure of Apples and a
Mammoth Cavern Tne Adjutant Finds Out
How much He Doesnt Know About cooking
There were few apples raised in Geor
gia before tho war and the production
was almost wholly conliued to the moun
tain region where the small old fashioned
varieties grew almost without caro or at
lAku nil healthy normal boys Si Tvns
exceedingly fond of apples On his way
back to the column his nttention was ex
cited by tho uuusunl bight in that section
of an apple orchnid and more unusual
stillit seemed thrifty audi well tended It
was probably the pioperty of some man
who had traveled in the North and ac
quired an appetite for its delicious fruit
Possibly some Northern school teacher had
married down there and longed for the
pleasant things of her girlhoods home
Following up tho natural train of thought
Si looked toward the house and saw thre
ono of these peculiar institutions of Ken
tucky and Tennessee a straw pen These
nie pens of rails with thick layers of
straw inside to protect against tho cold
the Winters supply of nppics sweet and
Irish potatoes etc stored there
Hope sprung up in Sis breast Leav
ing tho rest to move on ho rode over to
the straw pen nifd the fnsgninco that
giected his nostrils when he came close
justified his hopes and made his mouth
water Thcro may be a moro delicious
pure and penetrating perfume than that
of Winter apples iu storage but no one
has yet pointed it out That of roses and
pinks is not erjunl to it It always was
to Si what a whiff of whiskey scent is to
a thirsty drunkard He dismounted
thrust his hand far in thiough the straw
and brought out u big blushing fragrant
Rome Beauty
Somebody from the Ohio River coun
try planted tnnt orchard ho remarked
as he rubbed the chaff off with his hand
preparatory to n capacious and
bite Theres more of Gods country in
this than anything Ive seen in tho whole
of Georgy When Gcorgys brought back
into the Union they ought to plant apples
nil over the State to cure em of being
In a corn crib near by he found a couple
of Micks which he filled with the fruit
one for his mess and the other for Col
McGillicuddy whom he knew to be quite
as fond of apples as he himself He
threw these acioss his hcrse and made
his way after tho detachment
For three days the army deliberately
conccntratcdtnround Sandersville to mis
lead the rebels that nn attack on Augusta
was intended and an invasion of South
Carolina The 200th Ind remained quietly
testing at Tenille Station
Having nosthiugito do Col McGillicud
dys mind tinned toward luxuries Sis
bag of apples made his tent redolent of
intoxicating -odor suggestive of home
things 3
Adjutant Iiojsaid one morning as
after signingup thp morning reports they
sat on some railroad ties in front of the
lent contentedly emoking and watchiug
the men boiling washing and menumg
their ciotheSv Theres nothing in the
world Id give so much for this minute
ns a great big moss of npple dumplings
like thosn mother used to make The
smell of those apples has set me to long
ing for them f
Nothing easier than to have them
answered the Adjutant confidently Aunt
Minerva can cook anything Here are
the apples We have plenty of sugar
and Hour and it is an easy matter to
get milk Thats all thats needed
Well answered the Colonel Im go
ing to ride over to brigade headquarters
to find out whats in the air Ill be
back about 1 oclock hungry as a wolf
mid shall expect a fine dsh of smoking
npple dumplings I may bring the Gen
eral with me
Adjt Willoughby was one of those in
valuable young men about headquarters
who have no doubt in the world as to
their ability to manago anything in the
universe and are eager to undertake any
job suggested to them
Great Christopher ho soliloquised as
the Colonel rode awny nnd he walked
back to Aunt Minerva Anns boudoir by
the wagon if apple dumplings is what
tho Colonel wants apple dumplings he
shall have and by tha peck Nothing eas
ier Aunt Minorva Ann tho Colonel
want a big mcs3 of applc dumplings for
Applc dnmplings inquired Aunt Min
erva Ann with a blank look Whats
Apple dumplings echoed the Adjut
ant somewhat taken nback Why
theyre applc dumplings thats all Dont
you know what apple dumplings are
Nebbcr beared ob sich tings in all my
born days Hcnred lots of apple jack
which old Masr uscter take fer his rnorn
ius morniu nn what hets common folks
t foutin an killin but nebber hcnred ob
no apple dumplins Heared ob people
tnakin pies ob apples but nebber seed hit
nur believed dey could do hit
Well they do make pies out of apples
gnsped the Adjutant beginning to compre
hend the negresss ignorance and mighty
good ones too Applc dumplings nro
something like pies only theyre boiled in
stead of baked and eaten with sweetened
Nebber made iio pies in nil my life
Ole Mnm Lize she made all the pies an
all de wheat bread up at de house She
jealous ob de rest ob weuns nn nebber
let weuns see how sho done hit Done
druv weuns all away when sho wukked
at hit
Why its all dead easy said tho Ad
jutant with tho easy confidence of youth
and inexperience You just mix up
your flour nnd water with a little salt
and salcratiis just as you do your meal
and water and then and then and then
you just coat your apples with it and
boil them together nnd you have your
npple dumplings You get a perfectly
clcan camp kettle nnd fill it with water
and set it on to boil and get your Hour
and water and Ill bring out tho apples
Aunt MinerrjAnn did ns directed nnd
got out tho wopderi bowl which sho used
to mix tho dough fpr the corn pone Un
dcr tho direction of tho Adjutant who
became momentarily more sure that he
had mastered the whole art nnd mystery
she mixed up flour nnd water until she
hnd it nbout tbe cpnsistonee of corn dough
I was ns pii7iled at first ns bad as
George III in the poem was as to how
they got the apples into the dough com
muned the Adjutant with himself A3
I remember It the poem dont explain how
they do it hilt Ive thought It out All
you need about cooking is a little common
sense just nsyou need it in everything
The trouble yith1 that old wooden headed
King was that5 he jdldnt have any sense
about anything Aunt Minerva Ann now
you just waslii6ffl those apples very enre
fully Be sure that every ones perfectly
clean Nothing like cleanliness in cook
ing Theres whero all men and so many
women make a great mistake in cooking
Now he continued as Aunt Minerva
Ann brought back the npples dripping
from the washing take each one up by
tho stem this way and tate a knife and
plaster about a quartor of an Inch of
dough nil nround it
Aunt Minerva Ann tried to obey but
her fingers wcro clumsy at tho unaccus
tomed work The dough would not stick
to the knife still less to the wet surface
of the apples
Iore Gnwd Masr Adjutant she ex
claimed ns sho laid down the npple nnd
knife after nvuiu effort to wipe tho boil
ing sweat from her perplexed face dats
de hardest wnk I ebber tiicd t do Id
a heap raddcr plow corn dan -make apple
Confound the clumsiness of these Geor
gia field hands said tho Adjutant cross
ly Youd think every ono of their fin
gers were toes and big toes at that Give
me that knife Aunty and let me show
yon how
But he succeeded no better than the
lady of the kitchen Tho dough would
stick neither to the knife nor to the wet
skin of the npples
The trouble is you hnvnt got this
dough thick enough said the Adjutant
ns ho also began to sweat over the work
and was also accumulating tho paste on
his hnnds face nnd uniform Get some
more Hour Aunty
They stirred in more until it became
like raortnr With hi3 efforts at this nnd
at coating tho apples nnd with wiping
his face of the sweat which boiled out
as profusely ns on Aunt Minerva Ann the
Adjutant beenme pretty liberally covered
from head to foot with flour and paste
He finally got one npple tolerably covered
and holding by the stem surveyed it
while he soliloquized
Dont look ns workmanlike as thofec
mother used to make but looks will make
no difference with the taste
Hello Adjutant said the Surgeon
who happened to bo passing Wtrat are
you trying to do Whiten yourself up to
piny off ghost on somebody this even
Im tryiug to show the cook here how
to mako applc dumplings answered the
Adjutant very briefly
Apple dumplings echoed the Sur
geon I dont know anything about them
except that tho apples ought to be peeled
and quartered which you dont seem to
have done
I declare thata so gasped tho Ad
jutant as tho Surgeon passed on I
quite forgot it but I never saw a whole
apple in a dumpling I remember that
mother used to peel and quarter hers
Aunt Minerva Ann had never peeled
an apple but she quickly learned how un
der the Adjutants instruction He had
3fc - s t1tjfefcJa gia
fiBag jsg i
Jenkins taught it to me no was the
toughest old martinet in the army and
took the best care of hl men He taught
mo about nil I knew of soldiering
Retaining his horses Si started out
early the next morning to prosecute his
original intention of hunting for prisoners
escaping from Mlllcn and helping them
through onr lines He started for Wil
liamsons Swamp a noted plnce in that
region It wns formed by n tributary of
the Ogeechce River and its intricate re
cesses Bob Grlmshaw informed him were
Intnous hiding places for liers out from
conscription nnd runaway negroes It
was altogether likely that many escapes
had taken refuge in there
Si rode along till near noon investi
gating every plnc3 in which it seemed
possible that nn escaping prisoner might
be hidden To the people in the houses
they passed women old men and some
so badly crippled that even the rebel con
scripters would not take them they rep
resented themselves as part of Wheelers
cavalry looking f8r deserters and escap
ing Yankees As usunl in these inter
views SI let Shorty do nil the talking
His partner could speak Southern dialect
perfectly and lie with nn ease and plaus
ibility that Si never emnlnted
From these they usually learned that nil
of Jo Wheelers cnvalry in the neighbor
hood wcro being withdrawn and hastened
across our front to Waynesboro to resist
the advance on Augusta They occa
sionally saw in the distance squads mov
ing northeasterly
Kilpatrickll tend to cm said Si
with a wave of his hand in that direction
Let em go
I intended to answered Shorty com
Im Tkyixg to Show thc Cook heiie how to make
answered the adjutant very briefly
learned that much in his frequent forced
labor in his mothers kitchen
Then came the additional perplexity of
keeping tho segments together while
plastering the paste around them The
Adjutant added much to his wheaten coat
ing in his efforts The flour on his face
mingled with tho sweat into a thin paste
Ills hands were thickly clogged
I declare I never did 6ee such a sticky
stuff as this Georgia flour he grumbled
Sticks to everything but the npples
Mothers dough didnt used to act that
way You could handle it like wax
The negroes malo and female became
interested in this unusual exhibition of
Yankee cookery nnd gathered around
watching thc proceedings with open eyes
and wondering what great results would
come This did not improve the Adju
tants temper
He heard the bugle sound the dinner
call as he finally got a round ball of thc
paste formed with tho four quarters of
the npple fromewhere inside of it nnd
scraped it off his hands into the kettle
The blasted things will boil all right
he muttered if they wont do anything
else They cant help boiling and that
is about all there is to dumplings It
wont matter If they do look n little ragged
when they come out The milk will cover
that up
Ho toilsomely elaborated another swad
of the paste and apple quarters but be
fore he dropped it into the kettle- looked
there for the other Tho water had dis
solved the paste into a thin gruel and thc
four quarters of the npple were lying ut
the bottom of tho kettle
Hello Adjutant said Col McGilii
enddy coming up with the General How
are you getting along with those apple
That thc General should see him in
this humiliating predicament wrecked the
last dike against thc Adjutants boiling
temper He stood in tho greatest awe of
the General a thorough punctilious sol
dier a stickler for ctiquet nud routine for
trim uniforms and deportment becoming
an officer nnd a gentleman To be seen
by him now in this plight consorting with
negro cooks was ruinous to tho young
mans self esteem
Damn the npple dumplings exploded
the Adjutant giving the kettle a kick
which sent it over and flinging nwny the
knifo nnd a wndf the paste Colonel
If you want npple dumplings youll have
to get some one else to make them The
United States Government did not com
mission mo as a pastry cook
Well it did me said the General
with a genial lough illuminating his strong
bronzed face To everybodys surprise ho
began taking off his ccst and rolling up
his sleeves It commissioned me to know
nnd be able to do everything necessary for
health and comfort in the field Im not
going to miss so good nn opportunity to
get somo nice npple dumplings for which
my mouths been watering ever since the
Colonel mentioned them Come back Ad
jutant a sulky cook spoils tho meat Come
back and get a very important lesson in
the great trade of soldiering Come back
and get something to make you appreciate
better your mothers accomplishments
Throwing tho paste out of the
bowi tuo Utuicrni gave Aunt Minerva Ann
an object lesson in the proper preparation
of dough sending to the hospital for some
seidiitz powders to use in lieu of baking-
powder He kneaded tho dough thorough
ly and then tituing a little wau placed the
four segments of the apple on It and
easily worked the dough up into a smooth
ball around it
Law brcss me how easy hit is when
you knows how exclaimed Aunt Minerva
Ann deftly imitating her teacher
My boy said the General kindly to
the Adjutant as they started back to the
tent to wash up while the dumplings
were boiling Ira glad to have had the
opportunity to give you that lesson You
arc n bright promising soldier end I want
to seo you succeed Theres nothing that
a real soldier oughtnt to know and es
pecially nbout the properties nnd man
agement of wheat flour On that frequent
ly depends the health and lives of his men
If I had my way Id innke every West
Point Cadet serve an apprenticeship fn a
bakery After Id been on tho frontier
awhilo I saw tho need of going to work
nnd learning the trade thoroughly If
Id done it before I would possibly have
saved some of my mens lives I cer
tainly would have added much to their
comfort nud my own After w have
washed up Ill show you how to make n
boss dip for the dumplings Old Maj
But how about these Si hurriedly
inquired as he happened to glance back
ward and see about a battalion of cavalry
coming over a high hill a couple of miles
in tho rear
I guess wed better be going remark
ed Shorty Lets striko foi that big road
down in front which apparently leads to
Louisville Well get there before they
see us and probably find some by path
But as they reached the road and looked
to the left they saw another battalion
rising over the hill beyond with their
faces set toward the northeast
Thats probably tho lear of the col
umn Si hastily assumed WoU turn
to the right and go southwest
He did so but as he ascended the next
hi he was dismayed to sec approaching
a brigade of cavalry
Great Scott Shorty he exclaimed
drawing back to be out of sight and glanc
ing apprehensively toward tho road lead
ing In from tho west Weve got in be
tween thc advanco and tho main column
with that other crowd on our flank
Had we better leave the horses and
break for the woods suggested Bill
Grlmshaw who had the strongest reasons
for not falling into the rebels hands He
and Tom Brainard were always willing
to take any risk but that of bing cap
Say Sarglnt suggested Uncle Eph
raim who was studying the roadside
brush somebodys done gone froo right
Si looked bnt could see no entrance into
the impenetrable hedge of briers and
brush But he had confidence in Uncle
Ephriams bush knowledge Go ahead
Uncle he said briefly
Uncle Ephraim made his way through
the brush with much less difficulty than
expected and tha other horses followed
Before tho head of either column ap
peared they were all behind the wall of
bushes which closed up again and showed
no sign of their passage to eyes less sharp
ly trained than Uncle Ephraims
Somebodys done hid hyah afore
Dars a hidin place- round hyah some
whar Uncle Ephraim continued as they
dismounted nnd led their horses along
through the thick growing cedars along a
shelf above the creek Bofe niggers an
white men ve bin hidin hyah
How do you know Uncle inquired
I done seed some nigger wool on a
brier whar we come in an den I seed a
piece ob paper back dar De hidin place
bin used n good while ago an den quite
lately remarked Uncle Ephraim and Si
following his gazo saw a whittled stick
that had rotted and- a bit of rag that
had not yet become weather beaten
Whar in de world dat hidin place
continued Uncle Ephraim looking around
anxiously for they could hear the brig
ade on the road halting manifestly with
the intention of waiting for some other
portion of the command to come up
Whar in de Kingdom he On top de hill
No dat bare an kin be seed fom de
udder hills Whar he O dar he
His eyes had at last caught sight of
enough broken branches and disturbed
foliacc to indicate a direction nnd he fol
lowed it leading his horse
It led him down toward the creek and
-he carefully avoided shaking the bushes
and attracting the attention of the men
on the road His raised linger made Si
and the rest equally circumspect Turning
around a thick clump of laurel he came
suddenly under a high cliff beneath which
nil the horses could stand nnd drew his
horse there followed by the others
On the opposite side of the creek jagged
precipitous locks rose quite high and on
the scanty soil on and among them grew
cedars and briers
This is good enough said Si looking
nt the cliff I dont think thut anybody
is liablo to climb up on those rocks over
there to look in and discover us But it
seems to me I smell a fire and theres
been somo cooking near here Hello
whats this
He had kicked against something which
he picked up and examined It was a
bootleg fitted with a wooden bottom to
make a water bucket
Theres a prisoner of wur nround here
he said Where can he bo
Tho noise of thc talking nnd tho sound
of comrades on the road increased In
quisitive little Potc climbed back to whera
lie could get a peep at the road nnd hear
something of what was being taid
Appears to be a row over the men de
serting he reported to Si Generals
skinning the Colonels for not holding cm
to their men better and the Colonel a-
blaming it on the Captains
Attention called the ringing voica of
the Colonel and the tumult stilled The
Ordcrly Sergcanti will call thc rolls
a nen ensued the well known sounds ai
the Orderlv Serecant rattled oft tho namen
p tba rosters and those present respond
ed Every campany had to report some
aDscni wunoiii leave
We havent as many as wc started
with said a man who nppoarwl to be the
Adjutant I believe somes left since wo
stopped here
Thats so said a Captain Sergeant
whores Jim Hobcuw and Wils Dnnner
Dunno nnswered the Orderly They
whz hynh a lectle while ago Probably
sneakln off inter the bushes ns usual
Theynns always tryin t git away
Wennsve done brnng cm back 20 times
Thars their bosses
Damn roared thc angry Colonel
Ill shoot them when I can lay ray hands
on them as a warning to others Captain
send ont a Sergeant and squad to look
through the brush for them Shoot them
down if they attempt to rnn and shoot
any other man you may find out there
awny from his command
Looks ns it weve got to git out of
here unless we want to fight the whola
brigade said SI looking anxiously for
some way of enTes3 from the cave Thera
seemed none A high wall of solid rock
lay in their way
Meanwhile Pete had seen two men car
rying their carbines slipping furtively
through the cedars toward him Ho called
in n low tone to Sandy to come up beside
him and with their guns they covered
thc approaching man
Haiti they commanded when the
men wero within a few yards Throw
down those guns Whero nre you go
A look of dead sickliness had come into
the faces of the men at the startling sum
mons Then they brightened up as thcr
saw thc blue clothes
Is youuns Yankees gnsped ono of
Yes were Yankees answered Pete
Come on up here and dont make no
Thats all right said tho other man
scanning with satisfaction the unmistak
able Union clothing nnd equipments of the
boys from head to feet caps overcoats
pantaloons shoes belt plates cartridge
boxes nnd haversacks I wuz afearcd
fer a minnit youuns wuz some of our fel
lers with Yankee clothes on Weuns is
tryin t git away from theynn3 Wenns
II go with youuns all right
Well come right down here echoed
Tele picking up their carbines and mo
tionisr tiirn to follow Sandv
Why this i the cave weuns wuz mak
in fer said one of them ns they came
under the cliff I found It years ago
when I was huntin sang I Intended t
lay ont in hit but the conscripters done
kctched me afore I could git t hit I
never tole nobody about hit but Wils my
pardner hyah an weuns concluded t
break fer hit whenever weuns come n
nigh hit YV see Wils jes as I dono
tole yo this hyahs the biggist cave in all
Washington County an
CaveT echoed Si looking around I
hadnt noticed any cave Why there does
seem to be one back there
I should say thar wnr said Jim Hol
caw Lots o big caves round hyah
but thiss an ole he one Daddy of em
nil Runs clean back thar f Atlanty or
Macon or hell or some other bominablo
place I wuz afearcd t go in very fur fer
rear o sperits Why thars bones o men
in thar 50 feet high an o the critters
they useter ride an all sorts o things
Nough f skcer any man Why I wouldnt
go in thar alone fer a bushel o silver dol
Si was so used to the gross snpcrstition3
and exaggerations of the poor whites o
tho South that he paid little attention to
this part of the mans story He walked
back a few steps and as his eyes be
came used to the darkness ho saw that
there was a cave of immense extent and
he saw some large bones Then he was
recalled by a message sent down from
Theyre sending ont a Scrgennt and
four or five men to look for these men
Well since we cant get nwav from
here wed bettor stay snid SI Shorty
youd better take four or five of the boys
and look out for them If you see theyre
likely to find this place bring cm in
Thatll be safest Ill taks n look wound
at this cave and see what chances it may
There was far more truth than usual
in James Hobcaws statement Si was in
oneof thc lnrgest of the great fossil caves
for which Washington County Go is
noted Icicle like stalactites jiiung from
the high roof and white pillars of stalag
mites rose from the bottom Great bones
of long extinct animals lay here and there
Entering a still darker portion Sis foot
struck against something soft but solid
Ho lighted a match to seo what It was
To his horror he discovered it to be thu
dead body of an escaped prisoner
Great God Si Klegg where did von
come from
The voice which came from a little far
ther in the darkness was that of Steve
Bigler jne of Shad Grahams assistants
on tho tunnel at Andersonville and who
had been wounded In the attempt to es
Si -was so startled that he dropped tha
match but immediately lighted another
To be continued
One of the curiosities of the show busi
ness is the perennial popularity of Undo
Toms Cabin Playing It is the regular
business of a great number of troupes
which go all over the country outside of
thc South and year nfter year meet with
remunerative business They are now
playing with seats selling as high as L
The picturesque and eccentric in Ameri
can life loses by the death at Richmond
Va March 30 at the age of 00 of tha
Rev John Jasper of de sun-do-move
notoriety He was a fine example of the
fervid loud piety of the Southern negroes
He was born a slave and could only read
slowly and with great difficulty and
penect comprenension Jiut ne bad a
good voice burning zeal unlimited confi
dence in himself and his conclusions and
an endless flow of words He did a great
deal of good in his way and helped ralsa
his people to a higher morality
Evict such si veteran writer as John
Burroughs recently made the astonishing
error of asserting that the dogma of Im
maculate Conception related to the birth
of Jesus Christ Every Christian believes
and always has that Jesus Christ was
immaculately conceived The dogma of
Immaculate Conception is peculiar to tha
Roman Catholic Church and is one of the
most recent of its articles of faith hav
ing been promulgated Dec 8 1854 or but
47 years ago It teaches that the Virgin
Mary herself was immaculately conceived
nnd its promulgation with tfint of the
Popes infallibility when speaking ex
cathedra were tho great doctrinal events
of Pope Pius IXs reign
DirFERiJJO from many great lawyers
who received large fee3 through a long
career of successful practice Gen Har
rison died comparatively rich His estate
will reach 375000 -which is a very com
fortable fortune even in these days of
trust barons Gen Harrison never at
tempted to make money- He was mora
interested in tho suess of whatever ho
undertook than the profit he would gam
out of It He was not In the law to make
money but to promote justice and ba ot
use to the world The money that he got
beyond a fair support to his family was a
mere incident
WAsniXGTOX Tost The Hon H Clay
Evans is- the accredited author of a news
naocr contribution entitled How to Sa
enro a Pension In G A B circles
there will be sure to be a disposition to
regard this as Mr Evanss advent as a
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