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Trrn same old 1G to 1 voices are pre
dicting awful things in the Philippines
Ir the Jerman Government was so
friendly with us at the beginning of the
Spanish War why did the ofucially in
tpiicd newspapers berate us so villain
ouslv i
Tins week has pawed without Henry
Clay Evans having been chased through
brash and briar by some red eyed pen
sion shall He will begin to feel the need
of healthful exercise soon
Mr Loudknslaoki Mr Evanss cham
pion in the House got only one vote in
his candidacy for United States Senator
from New Jersey Evidently his course
has not commended itself to the people
at home
TnE English congratulate themselves
that at least tfiey have no Yankee train
robbers There is no chance for them
in that thickly settled much policed coun
try No train there is ever out of sight
of the omnipresent British constable
Tnn question of a name for the islands
we are to acquire from Denmark begins
to trouble some people They will be no
longer the Danish West Indies What
will they be now would the American
Antilles do for a general name for all
our possessions in those wateis
Lonn IIorxrts ought to have the big
gest chunk of self satisfaction of any man
in the British Empiie He raked off the
reward for ending the South African war
pome two years ago and has since been
cutting off the coupons on that 500000
while Kitchener has not been able to cut
off a single Boers retreat
KonEA is beheading thieving officials in
batches of SO In this enlightened coun
try they go to bed vith nervous prostra
tion while the books are being examined
and deny themselves to reporters The
poor people who hud their money in the
Detroit savings bank are likely to think
Korea not such a bad country after all
After all the talk about the changed
conditions in the South produced bv the
war about progress civilization
bnilding libraries and universities it de
velops that there are as many white men
down there who cannot read and write as
there were HO years ago Yet we will con
tinue to send missionaries abroad
TnE Danish West Indies are now ours
and we have again expanded to the extent
of three little islands of less thin 200
square miles area and about 40000 popu
j t lation mostly uegrops It takes us out 00
miles farther into the Atlantic and keeps
away neighbors that might liecome trou
blesome
TnE former financial agent of the Pan
ama Company told the Senate Committee
that his company had spent SI 000000 in
this country for purposes whicb he would
not disclose We ran see the effect of the
disbursement in Congress and the news
papers and guess who received slices of
the pork
Damel W Grwj csnv soldier lawyer
and politician died at New York Feb
aged CS years Hi home was for many
years at Pnughkecpsie where he held the
office of County Judge for 12 years Tip
later moved to New York and became a
leader in Tammany Hall through which
organization he was made Water Commis
sioner lie was one of the group of Dem
ocrats that secured the nomination of
Grover Cleevland for Governor He was
a First Lieutenant in the 47th N Y
There is some outcry being made in
the Illinois fattion fight in thp Renuhli
can party but it bears no proportion to
the deep dark deadlv work that is go
ing on It is not always that the victim
Into whom the knife is sunk has life
enough left to yell The fight started in
very breezily with an exposure of Gov
Yatess franking his cow home but it is
only occasionally that such choice tit bits
of scandal come to the surface
Tim Senate Pnmmittec on Pensions has
authorized a favorable report on the joint
resolution construing the pension law of
1S00 to give a pensionable status to those
who served in the Confederate annv and
Eubseqttently joined the Unted States
army who are now dented the benefits of
that act on Ihe ground that they gave aid
to the rebellion The committee express
the opinion that it was the intention of the
framers of the net of 1S0 to include such
persons within its provisions
What hypocrites these Snivel Service
Reformers are They have liecn fighting
tooth ard nail to shut the veterans out of
every chance to get into public employ
ment even woiking the age limit to
them out of such little places n watch
men doorkeepei s and messengers Now
they are raising n howl because the in
clusion of the Census in the Civil Service
shuts out the derails They hope to
create a prejudice against it There an
many more derails employed in the Cen
fcus Bureau lhan could hae gotten in un
der Ihe Civil Son ice legime They nre
holding much bettor places and doing
mm I better woik and doing it very ac
ceptably Then the nmjoiity at least of
the Census II mean employees are veter
ans sons and daughters
Aitkr all though a Piincc our guest
seems to be a veiy gentlemanly fellow
who has the mauliuesi to apologize when
he finds he has done a wiong He said
to a member of ths American Embassy
in Berlin
1 know you Americans feci very sore
about allairs in the fcast and I do not
blame j on 1 iurjelf made a mutake
which 1 see is now being exploited bj ihe
English pK ss to oeate a piejudice When
ut Hung Kong at a dinner on the
land uhe Pi nice s lligship in the Easti
Commodore Dewey was piesent and was
the senior ollicci tlieic ueie two Russians
borne English and olliceis of other nation
alities uliiih I cannot now lecall when I
pluposed the health of first the Czar of
Itussia then others and last of all that of
the Pi evident of the United States Dewey
was offended as I learned the next day
and I icalhed 1 had made a great mis
take I imint diatclj went on bontd the
Olyuipia and saw Dewey who accepted
Eiy apology most graciously
EVWSS 3I1siEDINO EXPLANATION
When the G A It National Pension
Committee called Mr Evanss attention
to the remarkable lowering of the average
rate of pensions since he has been in of
fice he tried to explain it by the greater
moitality among those who nre receiving
the higher ratings He said in effect
You see the men receiving 72 a
month 50 4si 30 and so on have been
dying quite lapidly as is natural from
their eitieine disability and their places
taken hi men leceiving the low rates The
pension roll is laiger than it over was the
laiger pensions being distributed in smaller
tarings
Like all of Mr Evanss utterances this
is very specious and like most of them
will not bear examination
In the first place these rates are under
the old law nnd have no sort of relation
to or bcaiing on the ratings under the Act
of June 27 1S00 the average annual
value of which has fallen from 12151
under Commissioner Itnum to 10S00 un
der Commissioner Evans Commissioner
Lochrcn cut the average annual value of
these pensions down to 10953 but this
was not enough for Mr Evans who shared
another 14G or nearly three cents a
week off the aged and needy men and
women on the roll
Let us examine first the old law roll
When Mr Evans entered office in ISO
there -ere 257S pensioners at 72 a
month there are now 2012 a leduction
of 500 According to his statement this
onght to have been met by an addition of
5001 pensioners at 8 a month
Theie were then on the rolls at 50 a
month 075 pensioners there are now
1220 an increase of 254 in five years
Then there were 2151 at 43 a month
now there are 20SO a decrease of 271
which onght to account for an addition of
1525 at S a month
Then there were 2706 at 10 a month
now there arc 2401 a decrease of 05
which should account for an addition of
l72 at 3 a month
Then there were 10748 at 0 a month
now there are 10000 a decrease of 079
which should account for an addition of
2544 at S a month
Then there were 21502 at S24 a month
now there are 22077 an increase of 485
Then there were 2 000 at 22 a month
now there are 2154 n decrease of 312
sufficient to account for an addition of
S5S at S a month
There were then 7710 at 20 a month
now there are 7223 a decrease of 487
sufficient to account for an addition of
1218 at S
Then there were 34411 on the roll at
17 a month now there are 41011 an in
crease of 7103
Then there were 15053 at 1C a month
now there are 10000 a decrease of 435 1
sufficient to account for an addition of
S70S at S a month
Then there were 425S at 15 a month
now there are 37S4 a decrease of 474
sufficient to account for an addition of
about 000 at 3
Then there were 21723 at 14 a month
now there are 22330 an increase of 002
Then there were 130003 at 12 a
month now there are 122S13 a decrease
of 14100 sufficient to account for the
addition of 212S5 at 8 a month
Then there were 30072 at 10 a month
now there are 2GS52 a decrease of 3 820
or sufficient to account for an addition of
4775 at 8 a month
We have omitted many of the interme
diate ratings because the number receiv
ing each is small and to Include them
would make the statement unnecessarily
prolix
Fiom the above it is seen that the ag
gregate decrease in high rate pensioners is
equivalent to 48279 pensioners receiving
S a month
Against this must be offset an increase
of 254 pensioners at 50 a month equal
to 1587 at S an increase of 485 at 21
a month equal to 1433 at 8 an increase
of 7195 at 17 a mouth equivalent to
152S8 at S and of C02 at 14 a month
equivalent to 955 at 3 This makes an
aggregate equivalent of 17070 pensioners
at 8 a month or a total net deli it
against him up to this point for his four
j ears of 3U003
He says that he makes this up by a
great increase of pensioners at lower
rates
Let us consult the reports of the Pen
sion Bureau as to the truth of this
June 30 1897 there were on the rolls
under the old law 55882 pensioners at
3 a month June 30 1901 there were
of the same class 42238 or 13019 fewer
June 30 1897 there were on the rols
under the old law 78832 pensioners at 0
a mouth June 30 1901 there weie of
the same class 50438 a l eduction of 28
394 or a total reduction in these two
classes of 42013 pensioners Adding the
equivalent value of the reduction in the
higher rates this makes an aggregate of
72040 a btartlug demonstration of the
utter untiutiifulness of Mr Evanss as
set tions
He had abundant material from which
to have replaced these numbers on the roll
and to have iccniited the higher ratings
His repoit for June 30 1S97 showed that
he had on hand to be adjudicated after
deducting those rejected or abandoned a
total of 578099 claims All these were
of men and women already old with their
uouuds and disabilities renderingthemj
every year much more helpless and needy
There was hardly excuse for reducing the
number of any of the higher rates for
the wounds of every man vvero constantly
becoming more tyrannically disabling
An examination of the work done un
der the Act of June 27 1890 does not
show him in any better light This ait
uas passed with the intention of amelior
ating the harsh requirements of the old
law and giving a pension to every hon
oiably discharged soldier who was dis
abled for manual luboi It was intended
to clear up the pension docket and prompt
ly give a uniicty at least to eveiy mini
who hud faithfully served the country
On entering office Mr Evans found on
the roll under the Act of Juue 27 1S90
Invalids at 0 a month
Invalids at 7 a month
Inxulids at 8 a month
Widows at 3 a mouth
Invalids at 10 a mouth
Widows at 10 a month
Invalids at 12 a month
Widows at 12 a month
Invalids and widows at
other ratings
Total
95953
4
113854
107210
17832
4
NH7S3
9105
50S799
We have seen that he began with n
total of ri7S0 unadjudicated claims all
of which had been pvuding for yeais cer
tainly through the distressful four years
of Clevelands Administration for settle
ment during which time the claimants
had giown giievously older and more
needy It was confidently expected tint
ho would at once go to the work of dealing
up this mnss of claims and render jus
tice to the claimants bcfoic tens of thou
sands more of them should die The Re
publican party was pledged to this for it
was a distinct issue in tie campaign of
1890 and the mandate of Jne country was
THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE WASHDJGTpN D 0 THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 1902
that this should be done Mr Evans him
self was pledged to this in the speeches
that ho made attacking Clevelands treat
ment of the veterans
His report for the year ending June 30
1901 shows the result of his work for
four years There were then on the rolls
under the Act of June 27 1S90
Invalids at a month
Invalids at 7 n month
Invalids at 3 a month
Widows at S a month
Invalids at 10 a month
Widows at 10 a month
Invalids at 12 a iiinth
WidowR at 12 a month
Invalids and widows at
other ratings
101S31
4
13S293
13S900
38452
4
150217
C122
200
Total 5GI53S3
Thus it will bo seen that with all the
effort that has been made in the past four
years to secure justice to tho veterans and
their widows with 57S099 long pending
claims waiting for adjudication with all
the bitterness of tho country against
Clevelands maltreatment of the veterans
with these men a long long stride nearer
their graves with tho payments under
the old law decreased to an equivalent of
72040 at S a month there has been an
inciease of but 57384 under the Act of
June 27 Tho number of invalids at 0
a month has been increased SSS1 the
number at S a month has been iucrcased
24439 the number at 10 has been in
creased 20020 while those receiving 12
have been reduced 8505
The number of widows receiving S a
month has been increased 31000 while
those receiving 12 have been reduced
30S3
Remember that this was after fonr
j cars of Lochrens terrific onslaught on
the pension roll
Kcmember also that Mr Evans report
ed 403509 unadjudicated claims still pend
ing June 30 1901
While there have been snmo increases
they have been very few in comparison
with the wholo number startlingly few in
consideration of the advancing age and in
creasing disabilities of tho veterans
ivant to i o w r n lcic
The people of sleepy old Alexandria
are hair waking up with n desire to be rc
annexed to the District of Columbia In
1S4G when tho rest of the country was
building railroads nnd taking tho trade
to the big cities and away from the small
places which owed all their importance to
the fact that they were at the head of
navigation for small ships which could
come up there for the produce of tho sur
rounding country Alesnndrin got the falso
idea mat she was decaying because she
was detached fiom Virginia and united to
the District She did not consider that
tho neighboring city of Fredericksburg was
decaying for the same reason because the
railroads were carrying the produce to
Baltimore and Richmond where big ships
could carry it to market cheaper than the
little ships She did not reason that all
Virginia was decaying because of slavery
and because tho energetic young men were
leaving the cabal ridden State for the pro
gressive and growing West Alexandria
had the true Southern proclivity for mis
taking the real cause of things So sho
worried Congress until a bill was passed
giving the people of that portion of the
District lying south of the Potomac the
privilege of voting whether they would
stay in the District or rutin n to Vir
ginia Daniel Webster and other able
thinkers protested that the act was un
constitutional that nothing but a Con
stitutional Amendment could divide the
Federal Territory But the act was passed
all the same and the people of Alexan
dria County containing some 31 square
miles of land voted to go back to Vir
ginia In spite of this Alexandria con
tinued to decay worse than ever There
was spasmodic activity there during the
war but since every effort to galvanize
the old town into life has failed I tea I
estate promoters have tried it a show has
been made to establish factories and va
rious schemes have germinnted nnd sprout
ed only to wither without Mower or fruit
Although but stfvcn miles from Washing
ton connected by two railroads and a
line of steam ferries Alexandria par
takes no more of Washington development
than Fredericksburg slumbering on the
Rappahannock CO miles away Some of
the people have started an agitation for a
reunion of the District based on the un
constitutionality of the act of retrocession
There is little doubt of this Congress
hnd no more right to give the country
back to Virginia than it would have to
givii the rest of the District back to Mary
land The agitation may result in some
thing but it is more likely not to
Tnn Senate Committee on Pensions has
authorized a favorable it port on the bill
introduced by Senator Jones of Arkan
sas increasing the pensions of Mexican
war veterans The bill applies to the sur
vivors of that war who are pensioned or
may hereafter bo pensioned under the acts
of 1867 lb91 and 1697 and gives each
of them a pension of 12 per month
PERSONAL
James Egan who served with distinc
tion during the war under Farragut as
a gunner died at Joliet III Feb 0 aged
00 He was a member of the Naval Vet
erans Association and a wealthy pioneer
evident of Joliet
While in attendance upon tho meeting
of the G A U National Committee on
Pensions in Washington Comrade John
C Liuehau teceived the new pleasant
utvrs that ho was a grandfather a sou
having been born to his son
Gen Egbert B Blown who was in
command of the Union troops at Brazos
Tex in the last buttle of the wai died
at West PlainH Mo Feb 11 aged 83
He went out in 1S01 as Licutciinnt
Iolonel of the 7th Mo then became Brigadier-General
of Missouri Militia and
Brigadier General of Volunteers
Remi Boenier 2S20 Poplar St Phila
delphia Pa has just entered upon bis
third term as Commander of John A
Koltes Post 223 Department of Pennsyl
vania lie has been a member of this
Post since 1S77 This Post it isclaiund
is the only Post in the State that pays
weeklj sick benefits and funeral expenses
of members
Mrs Mary J Storms Cross wife of
Comrade Allen W Cross died at her
home 399 South Campbell Ave Chicago
111 Jan 10 She was n member of the
Womans Veteran Relief Union 3
Death of Mrs Stone
The readers of The National Tribune
who hae during the past few years from
time to time had the pleasure of reading
articles and sketches from the pen of
Prof W W Stone of San Francisco will
be pained to learn of the tragic death of
his wife 10 days ago under most distress
ing circumstances
According to the pres3 teports Mrs
Stone was drying her hair over a gas ra
diator when her clothing took lire and
before the lames could be quenched she
was so badly burned that she died a week
later in spite of the best surgical skill
that could be brought to her aid
Besides her husband Mrs Stone leaves
two married daughters both residents of
San Francisco
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Partlns of the Ways The Deacon Starts
Homo ana the Army for south Carolina
The enthusiastic 200th Ind at once be
gan stripping for the coming campaign
to Charleston they hoped and expected
They were stimulated by seeing daily
detachments of the Seventeenth Corps
march by them on the Thunderbolt Road
to take ship for Port Royal harbor where
the corps was to rendezvous for futmc
operations It seemed as if this meant
that they were all going straight to
Charleston and evengefully destroy the
very fountainhead of secession
Confound those Vicksburgers com
mented Shorty watching them pour by
in an almost endless stream I hope they
nint a going to get the start on us and be
the first into Charleston We want a fair
start for the 200 h Ind 1vo some bones
to pick with Charleston myself If it
hadnt been for her youd a bin still hoeing
corn out in Injianny Si
les and you d never known me ror
none of us Shorty answered Si Theres
offsets for almost everything Shorty
What would jou have done for a part
ner
Thats so Si youre the best partner
a man ever had replied Shorty heartily
but his thoughts were still on other things
than the firm manhood of his partner as
he reached in his bosom and felt a park
age of letters Groat Jehosehat he
milled if South Carnlinv hadnt bin so
cantankerous Id never known that there
was such a girl in the world as Marin
Klegg Shes worth 20 times over nl
that Ive done in the war I really ought
to be much obliged to South Cnroliny
I must write to Maria this verv after
noon for T niavnt have another chance
The orders for the new camaieii were
as stringent with regard to limitations on
baggage and wagons as those prepara
tory to the inarch through Georgia with
the assurance that they would be still
more strictly enforced There was to be
but one wagon to a regiment and it not
heavilv loaded thoucb it carried all the
regimental papers and officers baggage
No negro women were to be allowed along
under any pretext
It is inst as well said the Adintant
to the Colonel as they considered the or
der with reference to their cook I
reallv never intended to expose the rich
result of my brain and my missionary zil
to the dangers of such a campaign as this
rnmiscs to be Yon see I selected Aunt
Xfinorva Ann as my particular share of
tho work of uplifting the dcsMsed bond
man and I want to point with pride to
the result I have taken an inornnt fieb
hand who had no soul nlwivp bacon and
collards nnd I have transformed her into
s sentient civili7J human lwinir clothed
like the lilies of the field and with a wo
mans keen percentions as to true ele
gance of living Think you Im going to
exposo all that to the dangers of a strar
bullet or to elopement with some
onr whose soul thirsts
for good bviugr
And that wonderful vocabulary
I implied the Olonol Wlisf would ho
oouip of us if we lost that T hate to think
of being dcmii cd of it even during th
campaign which I believe will be a short
one
Ive arranged with Mrs McViir
whom yon know is nn old school friend
of my mothers continued the Adjutant
and whom vou know I have boon snnnlv
ing wilb ration to keep Aunt Minervi
Ann until we come out somewhere and
are readv for her nrolnblT at Charles
ton I shall leave Mrs McNair plentv of
rations for them both and monev enough
to complete Aunt Minerva Anns outfit
Mrs McVjiJr can do what neither of us
can absolutely control the ncgress Aimt
Minervn Ann recognizes in her that mvste
rious thing whiWl the Sonh n negroes
call qunlitv and Mrs McNairs little
finger is thker than vour arm of author
ity I think that ihp11 make a first clss
cook and honsekeeeper out of Aunt Mi
nerva Ann for me if she has time
enough
Everybody had pets and keepsakes nnd
souvenirs that they wanted the Descon
to take back home with him for himself
or for the relatives and friends of the
boys
Thev overwhelmed him with cages of
mocking and other rnre birds and eve
queer snakea with pots of orange and
lemon trees jesaainine crane ravrtle and
beautiful flowers with cotton in the pod
nnd various stage of growth wne being
grown in their cabins with specimen bags
of nnliMlled rice etc etc
Bova protested the Deacon Id aw-
fnllv like to oblige you nnd take some
thing home from every one of you to vonr
mothers or aunts and to show to the bvs
and girls at the schoolhmise but I aint
no exprrss company Ive bin packing
around some hoouiiUirts that made life n
vale of tears for me and I dont know
wbatd happen if I started with a voting
menagerie of snakeH nnd birds But Ill
taVe as many as I can
The Deacon felt still more Ftmncly
like drawing he line when Pete and Snndy
caine tin with a healthy young alligator
nearly three feet long which thv had
ben sporetlv sheltering in their cabin and
trying to get into the best condition for a
erad fight with a similar one in the
of some mis liievous cubs of the
1t Oelil osh The fight waa now decHred
off owing to pressing engagements from
keadquarters ami they Ind conceived that
the next best thine would be to send the
rentile home bv the Deacon to impress
the Iiovs and giris at he old school with
the monsters that their former follow
wehnlars were encountering They had
laboriously fashioned a rage out of two
firrpa of plank with bits of telegraph
wire for bars and carried their pet no to
Pis tent in this and set it down befo e
the tVacon with nn air of conscious piide
in their trophy
What havo you got there boys
asked the Deacon with a benignant look
at the hright expectant faces
Just the finest gator for his age and
inches in all this country replied Pete
Warning with pride lies taking his
after dinner snooze now He sleeps most
of he time but when he wakes up hes
just n hummer He can whale a gator
half as big again as him without any
trouble O lies a lirst rnter I tdl you
You oughtve seen him knock Sandys feet
out from under him quickern scat with
one Hip of his tail Sandy come down
like a thousand of brick Anvlhing that
can catch Sandys no slouch belcher life
Yes I tome down like Id stepped on
a piece of ice grinned Sandy in pride
over their treasure nd a bit my leg
off if I hadnl got out of the way so quick
Good gracious exclaimed the Deacon
what are you doing with such a vicious
thing around
O hes all right now Sandy assured
him You see that weve clinched these
wires top nnd bottom so that the cage is
good and stiong Besides its so narrow
that he cant get any purchase nn it When
he gets out we just let him cavort around
till he wears himself out and goes to
sleep when we slip the cage over him
Hes all right now lie wont hurt noth
ing Hes as harmless as a kitten if you
manage him right
muttered tho Deacon doubt
fully as he examined the reptile through
the bars I expect its all in the manage
ment Ive had some experience in han
dling stallions nnd rams and bulls but
my educations bin neglected with regard
to alligators What do you want me to
do with this thing
Why take it home of course they
both echoed Thats what weve bin
working so hard to make this cage for
nell be the greatest sight at home that
they ever saw Hell beat all the rice
and cotton nnd Unas yon can carry
Theyll just go wild over him up there
ToyH come for miles to see him And
think what fun hell be Some of those
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brash bubs thatll come fooling aronnd
him and pokin sticks at him will havo
their feet knocked from under him in a
way thatll open their eyes And wont
it be fun to see some of them sassy little
ficcs that arc running and barking at
everything come smelling around him
when hes playing possum and see him
snap em in like a turkey does a grass
hopper Gntois are fonder of dog meat
than of anything else except niggers
Theyll lay awake nights studying where
to get hold of a good chunk of a dog or
of a nigger
Theres a lot of dogs in our neighbor
hood that Id like mighty well to feed to
him icmarked the Deacon
Well jou just take him up there and
hell look out for the dogs all right as
serted Pete Georgias overrun with
non committally for he was beginning to
recognize In his son a strange masterliness
The ship was to sail some time the next
morning and the Deacon must go aboard
that evening so as to be ready
They had a final royal feast to bid him
farewell and also to bid farewell to the
leisure and high living at Savannah for
their haversacks were already packed t2
three dajs rations for the march tbeir
cartridge boxes were full their
were stored away They had quit
blacking their shoes and were already pull
ing their socks over the bottoms of their
pantaloons nnd ticing thrni there with a
string in the old marching way They
were dropping the stiff precise attitndts
and motions of the drill ground and falling
back into the long swinging strides that
carried them over 30 miles a day
Any hour might come their turn to roll
all their belongings tip into blankets throw
them over their shoulders scarf fashion
and start on a march they knew not
where but hoped would lead them to
Charleston
After the meal the Deacon shook hands
with and bade each member of Co Q take
care of himself took leave of the officers
and entered the ambulance which had
Uon IiijiksI Si to lake his father to
Savannah and the ship After helping him
stow his things in the state room Si went
m ft p7
i
s
dogs but they got mighty scarce after
wo struck the alligator belt
But its nil nonsense t think of my
taking that thing home with me
Why Deacon expostulated Pete piti
fully Me and Sandy have been calcu
lating so much on it Itd he the gieatest
sight theyd ever see up there a real
live alligator captured by two of their
own boys Me and Sandy have both
wrote our mothers about it and that yon
was going to Wing it home to them Itll
be such a gift for them all thp way
from Savannah Itll break their hnarts
if they dont get it My mother can keep
it part of the time and Sandys mother
the rest turn about
Why my boy how in the world can I
take it asked the Deacon touched by
Petes distress
Easy enough Mr Klegg answered
the resourceful Snmlv Vou see he is
now having his Winter sleep nnd unless
he is stirred nn he wont wake nn until
Soring ne wont give yon a bit of trou
ble Me and Petell carry him down to
vour room on the boat nnd put him in
there and jou wont have to pav anv
attention to him until you get to Wash
ington when j on ran hire a nigger to
earry him to the train nnd put him in the
Tggage car Give the baggairo man four
bits and hell take him right through
home You wont have to think about
him any more until you get Ikuii
Me and Sandv have brought money
enough to pav nil expenses said Pete
iroilneing a S3 greenlnck
Put tip vour monev Pete said the
Deacon Do you suppose Id take it
for nnvthing said the Deacon Ill
thitf about it
Here Imvs what have von got there
kited comiPT nn and eving thp cage
a kick n alligator Why yon little
i tEonls what wont von be up to next
oti cant do nothing with nn alligator
Takp it nwar and kill it at once Takp it
nut f cam and kill it
TTe gave be cage another contemptuous
touch with his foot and turned away to
Beik to Ins father whIe the bovs
fidly Diel cd un their net and made a show
of carrying out the o der But they
Hnht they noticed the Descons eve fol
lowing them with a sympathetic
agmg wok
ShoHy camo nn but seeing Si hung
around a little until he left and be eopM
get nn opportunity to speak with the Dea
con alone
hen be fidgeted nrnnml blushed fiery
red fumbled at one thing and another
and finally blurted out
Deacon I want jou to do mc a very
great favor
Ce fnlv Shorty answered the Dea
con looking up from packing his carnet
saek
Ive been thinking of sendng some re
membrance bnnie bv yon to Mss Maris
and I couldnt think of jintbi thitd
lease ber better than a morkingbird Ive
bought the finest one T can fid in the
cjtv and bnn ht a fine cage for it It
sings and whistles all sorts of pretty
tunes nnd nartinn v E or of Thee
And Short v blushed redder than ever
T tmdei stnnd said the Deneon who
understood more than Shorty thought he
did Where is it
Ive got it down In the city I dont
want to bring it out here and Invp all
ttiesp laddie bucks vanning about if
Theyve nil got more tongue than they
have brains
Seen whole families afflicted tint wnv
Im going to bring it out to j our room
on the ship when none of them can see if
and get a chance to shoot off their
mouths about it Don t sav nothing to no
body about it particularly SI Ss nil
right he continue hosititingly reluctant
in rist ine xiigiiTcsr snnuow on their
nnrtnership lint tliPre are some things
that that dont particularly interest
I understand said the Deacon Bring
it along and Ill take it home
Please Deacon dont forget to tell
Miss Maria that I think Evpr of Thee is
the prettiest thing the bird does I bought
it for that
And Shortys face grew so red that it
lookpd like the glare of a conflagration
Ill not forget nnswered thp Deacon
Say Pap said Si returning presently
nnd looking with gient disfavor on thp
collection in the cabin Dont lpt these
galoots make a traveling muspum out of
j ou with nil thpir keepsakes You aint hip
podmming with Dan Rice to show off the
wonderful products of Georgy Ive hin
telling them so Youll hnvp as much as
j ou want to do to get yourself back home
without making yourself a pack horsp fur
an instructive and interesting exhibition of
the wonders of Georgy nature Im going
out to tell them to come up here and take
all this truck away You cant carry a hit
of it Let them charter a schooner to sail
around to tho Mississippi and up the Wa
bash if they are so anxious to remember
the folks at home Ill not allow them to
load you down with anything
Just so Si just so said the Deacon
THE DEACON EXAMINED THE REP
TILE THROUGH Tl E DAR
out to various headquarters and offices
near by to execute some final commis
sions for the Colonel promising to stop
on his way back and say good by
Sis bm k was hardly fairly turned whpn
Shorty who had been wnti hing his chance
appeared with the mockingbird in a gilt
cage
Best I could find Deacon Do yon
think she will like itv he asked anxiously
Im sure she will answered the
con cordially Maria sings Listen to the
Mockingbird Looks like a fine bird
Finp aint no name for it Got a voice
like a silver bugle Almost as sweet as
Miss Marias own Whistles like an angel
I never heard an angel whistle but its
the way I think angels whistle when
theyre feeling real good You just wait
till vnti hear it Especially Ever of Tln e
Youll not forget to tell Miss Marin that
Ever of Thee Is mv favorite nnd I
wish the bird would whittle nothing else
Ill he sure to tell her
Well good bv Deacon I must hnTy
along before Si comes back and catches
me Pleasant trip to you
Gond by Shorty Take caro of vnnr
self
Thp Deacon set the cage in thp back
corner of his roopi and threw bis over
coat oyer it that Si mirht not notice it
As Shorty disapnearpd over the- gang
way Pete and Sandy slipped in carrying
a long boT
Sav Deacon we knowed youd take
this home to our mothers if we cornP to
you again nnd told von how bndly wp
wanted it to go TtII just break our
potliers hearts if they dont get him
TTpll rPmind them pyprv day of me nnd
Sandy specially whpn hes asleep and yon
eanV wake him Then the people up
therell be tickled to death to see a roal
live alligator that vrivp ketched
And he wont wnkp nn at all nntil
warm vrpntber romp in fbe Soring add
ed Sandv Mehhp well 1p home by tint
me and well tike him and nut him n
Bean Plossom Crick nnd what fun itll
be to wnfeji him chase and cat nn thp
snei pr tp snakes and the miistrmts
Tnftl just be grpat sport for all thp
boys
fvp ppvpr yet sept anything home to
mother tint T thought shed really care
for ined nn Pete
WpII well boys said tho Deicnn
overcome bv the pleading Bring it n nnd
tint it under the bed away back where Si
wont see it
This was but the opening wedce The
other bovs were waiting to so whit suc
cess Pete and Slmlv Ind The Deacon
could refuse none of them and soon all
the sn iop under the berth was packed with
souvenirs for home snskes bits ami
birds in cages and packages of nlmn t
everything else that the boys thought
would interest the home folks The Dea
con dronned the bedclothes so as to con
ceal them from Si and trusted to Provi
dence for tho rpt
Mr nigirinbottnm the Englishman
camp on lioard TTp had bpen solicing his
disappointment feeding the flame of his
wrath at everything AmfHrnn and brac
ing himself nn against the terrors of ses
sickness by filling tin with brnndv and
was in a condition verging on unrosrions
ness with every prospect of soon crossing
the line He took the room next the Dea
cons whilp cordially dsmnin it thp shin
the sea the country Gen Shernnn tin
American nrmv nnd everything that lie
could readily remember
If I wnsn t a weak sinful mnrtil my
self sfrncgling for the gracp of God the
Itencon muttered Id wring tint beef
enters neck I hone hell quiet down lip
fore Si comes in Si haint made his pro
fession of religion yet and theres more
of the Old Man in him than in me
TTe advised the cabin people to get the
Enclishmnn into his room nnd qniet him
When Si csmp he was in too mm Ii of a
hnrrv to noticp anything ne clasped his
fathers hand saying
Good bv Pap Love toall the folks
I must skip livplv Its setting in to rain
and looks as if its going to be a regular
old Niagara Falls of a down pour
Good bv Si Takp carp of yourself
When Si arrived at regimental head
qanrtprs the Adjutant handed him this
ouler
Headquarters 200th Ind Infantry Vols
In the Field Near Savannah Ga
1 In accordance with orders from Armj
Headquarters to detail not to exceed five
tier centum of each regiment to serve as
foragers mounted Sergt Tosiah Klegg
Co Q is hereby detailed to command snch
squad nnd perform the duty lip will
select such men to compose thp squsd as
he deems best suited for the duty not ex
ceeding 20 in number including himself
and report their names at once to these
headquarters
By command of Col McGillicuddy
Attest Basil Brncc Adjutant
Later enme the order for the regiment to
move out promptly at 7 oclock the next
morning to Savnnnah and then take the
road to Sisters Ferry 40 miles up the Sa
vannah River
That throws us on the flank Si
mnnedwith Shorty after their habit of
discussing orders and comprehending their
meaning But the Hant is just as likely
to be the firt into Charleston a3 any
other part
If nnjbody gets into Charleston bpfnro
the five per centum oT the 200th Injianny
mounted nnd commanded by Sergt Josiah
Klegg resonded Shorty re reading Sis
order with keen pleasure theyll have to
know how to lopo nnd lope fast Thems
the soft notes of my calliope
Reveille called them out in the midst of
a cold rain which it seemed would wash
away the very sand bnnk on which Sa
vannah is built The fast driving drops
seemed to actually liore into the earth
But everybody yelled lustily as the com
panies were dismissed from the hnsty
roll call nnd the men rushed around to
gtt breakfast and make ready for the
march One would think that leaving
comfortable quarters for a march through
the mud and tho blinding showers was the
most delightful of prospects to them
Si and Shorty and the rest of their
squad led their horses out of the dry sta
bles they had built for them mounted and
took thpir places in the road in advance of
the forming column of the regiment
As they stood there n steamer caraa
down the river and sounded her whitli
as a salute to the regimpnt They looked
over and saw the Deacon standing on the
highest part of the deck under his faith
ful blue umbrella They gave him nnd
the ship a loud cheer and he responded by
trying to wave his bandanna which was
immediately caught by the drenching
down pour and fell a limp rzg Ho
shouted
Takp care of yourself boys
Thp vessel sped on nnd the bugle sonnd
ed Forward for the regiment
Great Tehospphat exclaimed Shorty
as thev settled down for the teidr miirch
northward this is just an old timer from
way back It comes down worspn it did
on the Tullvhnmy campaign and its as
cold as icicles
O its nothing when you gpt nspd to
it nnswpreil Si with his usual deter
mimtinn to make thp best of everything
Were soft now from the good times
weve been having but well come down
to it in a little while
Tt was very hard getting nspd to such
a storm as that The rain camp down in
sheets that threatened to beat the life out
of men and horses
They struggled resolutely forward
through Svnnnah whose finp houses and
beautiful grounds showed dimlv and
fitfully through rifts in thp dplnge out
through thp gloomy sodden rice field be
yond now overflowing with rushing water
and becoming wide lakps When they
gained thp high land bernnd the Colonel
ordorpd the bugler to sound Halt
This isnt marching its wading ssid
the Adjutant as he and the Colonel dis
mounted and tried to find the le side of
an orange thicket Its wading throneh
a stream a mile over our hpads and as
wide as thp State of Georgia The only
reason we are not drowned at once Is that
there nre occasional breathing holes in tha
flood
It is simply inhuman to push men for
ward in this deluge answered the Colo
nel Well camp here to night Let the
mpn make themselves as comfortable as
hpy can Itll bp little enough thpy can
havp thp Lord knows
Si and his squad found a little grova
near by where they fastened their horses
removed thp soaked equipments from them
and fed them wet com from the nose bags
Thpy then rigged up snch a sheltPr as
they conld with their tent nieces work
ing with numbed fingers in the chill down
pour and got an erection which as Shorty
remarked would keep out the coarsest
of the rain
Thev madp a brnsh shelter nndor which
a fire would live and allow them to make
some coffee Then lifp beeamp more tl
prablp and thpy brnkp brush upon which
to spread their wet blankets and lie dnring
the night
Vo mm knows what a dav will bring
forth in the army remarked Si trying to
lirdit the damn tobacco in his pipe But
this rain cant last forpver there aint
water enough
Seems to me I remember vonr saying
something like that nr abont Tnllahomy
answered Shortv It seemed then that
thed used tip all the water there was in
the world the first day but thev found
enough to last 21 davs Thp great rain
factory of the world is down this way
somewhpre nnd whatever they have over
that thev dont happen to need anywhere
elsp thev just empty out here
Well we hnd a mightv good month in
Savannah said SI Thev cant beat us
out of that no mattpr whst they do
The ship on which the Deacon was ran
out into a gale sweeping along the coast
accompanying the rainstorm bnt his pre
vious experiences had inoculated him
against a return of the seasickness nnd
he suffered no other discomfort than the
inconvenience nnd nnrpst from the pitch
ing of the vessel This made him so tired
that he went to lied early and slept as
soundly as bp had oftPn done after a hard
dav of mauling rals
Not so Mr Higginbottom He had
staited nnt pxpecting a terrible time that
thp next hour wnnld bp worse than the
last and believing that the only way to
mppt thp incrpssing horrors of the situa
tion was by sfiffer drinks of brandy
At every shock of the ealp he wonld
tpar out from his room into thp psbin nnd
rave around until the steward wond ralm
him a little and cost him back into his
room when he would lav in another lare
drink Toward morning he was in a con
dition verging on delirium tremens
The room which hd been assigned to
the Deacon was next to the vessels
chimney nnd so was kept tinnstiallv inrm
This waked the lioys pets which had
been stored far line against the smoke
pine from their Winter slppn and the
oitlting brokp the wooden cages
Whpn thp Deacon waked with davlht
he was horrified to see the door of Ms
room open with two or thrpp snakes wg
Iing out info thp cabin somp bird bon
ding about in alarm and thp alligator in
aftive nnrsuit
He madp a grab for his clothes to dress
bimself Ope of his boots felt nnnsnally
heavy and he turned it over to see a
snnkp fall out nnd wriggle around in
search of snme other plaep of conceilment
from the terrible crocodile A terrapin
had taken refuge in the other boot
The raging Tnglshman came nnt of his
room just in time to see the alligator over
take and swallow onp of thp snake n
gavp a vpII of horror that pvpn the mm
at thp wheel hoard above the galp His
eves turned glassy bis cheeks became
ash and his nalid lips muttered
Great Jove ITivp got thp bloody things
hngnin worse than hever
TTp sank in a collapse The sleepy stew
ard and cabin bovs just turning nnt for
their days duties helned him hick into
his room where he feliintn a stupor
To bp continued
A Very Yonng Soldier
EniTon NvTtnwr TninrxE T am a
rpadpr of The National Tr bnnp and hirp
been sincp before it was a weekly paper
I eagerly look for it each week I nm ami
hive been a grpat resder all of mj lifp and
takp many papers but I will do without
all of them including dallips rathpr than
The National Tribune
I have read many controversies in re
gard to who was the youngest solder I
mean among those who carripd a gnn nnd
knapsack not drummers and also the
claim of Bailey Post 104 Portsmouth
O nnd Lorain Post 448 Ohio I be
lieve that we have the youngest soldier on
record who has carried a gun and knurl-
sack Comrade TpIiii D Fraley was born
in April 1S51I and enlisted in Co II I3th
Iowa Feb 22 1804 and was discharged
at Louisville Ky July 21 1S05 Com
rade Fraley has livisl here ever since the
war He was Commander of lames Den
bow Post 490 for several terms I claim
he is the youngest soldier on record ex
cluding drummers and camp followers
Robtkt DEJinow Albian Iowa
Reunion of the 68th Pa
Thlrty flve snn Ivors of the fiSth Pa Scott
Lesion relehratrd the rHltb anniversary of
their Hrt engagement Rattle of Freilerlrts
liursl Pee 14 ut Philadelphia Ia Many
promlDtnt speakers were prernt rank W
Taylor 217 South ilh St Philadelphia Pa
U Secretary of this Association

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