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<8><? MEWS. Mr. Reeder, of Kansas, has some Ideas about retirement of clerks from Government employ. But the clerks whom he Is looking: after are those who have served in the Union Army, or Navy, and it looks pretty fair, except the age limit is set too low, perhaps. The bill, in brief, is as follows: "All employes of the Government of the United States in the Executive De partments at Washington and the va rious bureaus of the same, and includ ing those persons employed in* the Gov ernment Printing Office, Bureau of En > graving and Printing, and at the va rious navy yards of the United States, who are now or may hereafter be with in the scope of the classified civil ser vice of the United States, who are per manently, physically or mentally, dis abled from the performance of their duties, due to having reached the age of 68 years, or to disease or injury not caused bv vicious habits, and who shall have rendered service in the naval or military establishment of the United States during the war of the rebellion, and were honorably discharged there from, or the widow of said honorably discharged soldier or sailor, shall be en titled to be retired." ? ? ? Applicants for retirement will be ex amined by a board of three, to be ap pointed by the Civil Service Commis- i sion. Those receiving $840 will, under the bill, get $360 a year; those receiv ing from $840 to $1,400 will get $480, and those receiving a salary of more than $1,400 will get $600 every year until death. Substitutes are provided for, who shall not be appointed to the vacancies, but fill any position and re ceive from $600 to $840. The bill ends with a provision that. If after five years the President finds that efficiency has been promoted and the expenses of the Departments have not been materially increased by the trial, the provisions of the law shall be extended to all employes of the civil service. ? * ? Secretary Wilson, of the Department of Agriculture, has submitted to Con gress, through the Secretary of the Treasury, a request for an immediate appropriation of $135,000 in order that increased exportations of pork may be made. The Secretary says that owing to the high price of pork abroad there had been such a demand for American pork that there were not inspectors or mi croscopists enough in the service to make it possible for extensive ship ments to be made. He believes, how ever. that if the amount stated is given to him the Department will be able to respond to the call for relief made by abattoir companies and packers. Those shippers had offered to pay the ex penses of the inspectors, but under the law this could not be permitted * * ? - There was a "Sportman's Show" in Boston last week, and among other ex hibits was a team of fast traveling buffalo, and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr amused himself and the large audience of sport-loving people by driving the buffalo team around the ring. Buffalo travel?well, they travel like buffalo, and that s about the best description give of the way the beasts get over the ground. They usually gallop when in a hurry, but their trot is a funny action to gaze upon. ? ? ? Looks like China might be going to have some Civil Service, too. ??.InIlLr,mation comea from Peking that the Chinese Government is considering ^.n change in the conduct of its diplomatic and consular service. In stead of the terms of the diplomatic and consular agents being temporary, as is now the case, It is proposed to make their terms of duty permanent, and permit the diplomats and consuls to remain at their posts as long as their conduct of affairs is satisfactory ? ? * A mighty swell crowd of Chinese, bfe Mandarins or something of that kind is now on its way to the United States to study us, our customs, and our laws with an eye to introducing in China such as seem to this "Lord High Com mission advisable. Prof. J. w. Jenks, of Cornell University, has been designated by the President to receive the party in San Francisco as the rep resentative of the Department of State and to escort the party of Orientals on their leisurely way across the conti nent. It is the intention of the President to give the Commission a reception in full accord with its dignity and importance therefore the Navy will take part in the ceremony upon the arrival of the Commission in the Golden Gate, and the Army will do its share. When they land in Sun Francisco ships and forts will fire salutes, the ships will be dress ed and probably a detail of troops from the Presidio will form an escort to the distinguished visitors. ? * * When men only do their duty in the1 hour of need there is no sense in going into panegyrics of praise and adula tion. for that is exactly what all of us are expected to do, and when we do not do it we are fit subjects for the ut most condemnation. Hut when men go far beyond their duty, and, forgetful or self, bravely incur needless danger and accrued pain for themselves in their sp.endid self-abnegation, then In t w n J""* pa, ans "f Praise and it is worthily bestowed. So it is that w* are all happy that the hrJl }*? and men who were on the Bennington when |?er boilers exploded last July have been quickly. though inadequately rewarded Bach of the 11 mem ben!of h'- or.-v. lias been awarded a Medal of t . IV,' *10" *r*tulty. They are John J. < lausey. Chief (Junner's Mate lJ''orK|* !' lSr",k- Carpenter's Mate. Willi''/' r* M Seaman; , ' ronan. Boatswain's Mate, third terSS:tW>.m'>rl K Uavi"' <^ter.?as \Y ur '* ! i ? , 11 Fred'riks n. ) '\\ r **nder: Bade Gribitrh. Seaman Hjlliam .V Shaeklette. Hospital stew ard; O.-ear E Nelson. Machinist's Mate, tl e,a>s; Otto l>. Schmidt, Seainan ti! i * Ship's Cook, first clas*" The Secretary of the Navy said: J ne rri^is whirh occurred with such terrible suddenness and destruction was met by the officers and crew with read iness and resource. Men grievous! v wounded forgot their own injuries and rushed back in the tower of scalding water, steam and ashes to rescue their unfortunate shipmates. "Amid such a display of self-sacri fice and heroism It is difficult to select indiwdual cases, but after a careful perusal of all the reports and In accord ant# with the recommendation of the commanding officer of the United States steamer Bennington, the Commander', in-i hief of the Pacific Squadron and t?.e of Ration, the Department i.ik s great pleasure in awarding Med als of Honor and a gratuity of Jitn> i,, each of the men named " ? * ? Sparring and wrestling have been added to the exercises in athletics at ThnJ fm. 'Slat(s Mi,'tary Academy. .. . additions to the physical traininu stunts at West Point are in keeping with a general scheme to broaden the scope of athletics at the Academv It is the purpose of those in authority to develop greater efficiency among *thf future officers of the Army in gymnas tics. fencing, swimming. snariiin? wrestling and general athletics g ? ? ? The Exposition fever 1m? not yet burned out. although many finger* have been blistered and financial rec ords blasted by them. It is San Fran cisco now. - 517.r??11"ta"v0 K?hn Introduced a bill in the House for the appointment of a commission of nine members to provide for an international exposition of arts, industries, manufactures, and the products of the soil, mine, forest, and sea at San Francisco in 1913 to cel ebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Nunez Balboa. An appropriation of $5,000,000 by the Government is pro vided for in the bill, which also in cludes a naval review in San Francisco Bay Sept. 25, 1913. ? ? * After all. what better memorial could be erected to the name of a truly great man than that which the Jews of America and Great Britain have erected to the memory of the late Sec retary of State, John Hay? It is not of brick or marble, or bronze or stone. It does not rear a meaningless head into the cold blue sky, or shriek its purpose into the ears and eyes of all comers, but gently, like the cooling dew from heaven, it will steal into the calm er, gentler moments of men and wom en, and Insensibly they will be in fluenced by its power. The knowledge of this memorial came to Mrs. Clara Hay, wife of the late Secretary of State, in an address signed by 2,363 Jews in England and in this country. In it Mr. Hay's services to the Jewish people are set forth, including the note of September, 1902, to the powers, sig natory to the Berlin Treaty of 1878, asking them to compel Roumanla to observe article 44 of the treaty, which provides for liberty of conscience. * ? ? A portion of the address reads: "In the pressure and the stress of this busy age, even the greatest benefactors of mankind are soon forgotten; but Israel, who has suffered through the long cen turies, never fails to remember deeds of kindness and righteousness wrought in her behalf. Therefore, the Kaddish prayer, which 60 rabbis recited in Cleveland in honor of the memory of John Hay on July 3, 1905, while his mortal remains were being borne to their last resting place, will be per manently adopted by the synagogue, both in this country and beyond the seas, as a part of our divine service on our days of Judgment and Atonement, when, according to the teachings of our faith, the books of account are opened before the Lord." ? ? * ^ Charles D. Walcott, Director of the I nited States Geological Survey, has received a diploma and gold medal from the Lewis and Clark Exposition at Portland, Ore., for co-operative work between the Survey and the Exposition in developing and exhibiting methods of successfully concentrating the black sands of the Pacific slope. It has long been known that the heavy sands col lected in the sluice boxes of placer mines contained, besides gold and plantinum, many other minerals that are valuable for industrial purposes, but up to last Summer no efficient method had been devised for extract ing these minerals. The Geological Survey began an exhaustive examina tion of this subject which resulted in showing that these valuable minerals could be obtained at more than 2,000 localities. The survey also collected va rious kinds of concentrating machinery and devised a practical method for separating the values contained in the sand. As a result of the experiments made, hundreds of placer mines are now in successful operation which formerly could not be worked with profit. The commemorative diploma and medal awarded to the Survey are tributes to this work. ? ? ? Of all the funny things! The Com missioners of the District of Columbia got a letter the other day which lays over anything that has come down the pike since the explosion of the G. W. cherry-tree incident. A man, one Lue Kutz, from Van Buren, Ark., wrote asking just "where is the spot on the Potomac River that George Washing ; ton threw a silver dollar further than any one else." He said he knew that it occurred in Washington, D. C., but wanted to know just where. That is as bad as the little boy in the Sunday School class who seemed to be very in different to Biblical teaching, and the teacher said, gently, "Johnny, didn't you know that Jesus died for you?" To which the youngster replied in gen uine surprise. "Why no! I didn't even know he was sick!" ? ? ? There is an old story which is located at Fredericksburg. It is said, in the century-old tales of that place, that Washington once stood on one shore of the Rappahannock River, down there, and threw a silver dollar across to the other shore, which as a matter of fact, it would have been a physical impossibility to do. The story is also laid at Mount Vernon, where the Poto mac River is one mile wide. On a visit to Mount Vernon, in com pany with the late William M. Evarts then Attorney-General, Lord Chief Justice Coleridge, of England, express ? d doubt as to the correctness of this story on account of the great width o? the river, and Mr. Evarts then made his famous witticism, "But you must remember, my Lord, that a dollar went farther In those days." Mi. Kutz inclosed a stamped en velope with hi? inquiry. When the President sat on the mem bers ?f the Cabinet and told them to keep their mouths sliu?urn?well y,.s ?'iosed. don't you know, he made the! Washington corespondents pretty hot' under the collar. The regular Wash- j Ingion Correspondent Is a gentleman. He can take his seat at the council! table Of the wisest in this land or any t other and hold his own. ln many In stances h- will distance all the others and give them points that make them open their eyes. This has to be a Washington Correspondent has got to know geography, ancient history and modern: he must have a smattering knowledge of ft. and know all about! oratory and old orators, as well as the! ""u ' l,,ust be aide to compute the1 exact second that an occultatlon of! h? iverily bodies will oct ur, for lie may' l aw to Rive some celebrated astronom-i er a snipe, and he must know as much! or more than a Major-General of the Army or the Admiral of the Xavv he.1 cause it will be his business to handleI both during his newspaper service In Washington, and there must be no weak places iu his armor when he tackles our military, be it on land or on sea. He must be a canal builder and the things he does not know about mining would scarcely be worth out ting on paper. Mathematics have to he playthings; they toy with railroad building, and aerial navigation ia but a pastime with them, indeed, the aver | age Washington Correspondent has to . be a "small unbound edition of Moses land Solomon both," because iu one ses sion of Congress they meet up with all the cranks in Christendom, the science Sharps" in every ology. poli ticians of every stamp, and if thes' nevvspaper men didn't know prettv much about everything knowable, they would be of no use to their papers and would speedily be retired. ? ? ? Then, as stated before, they are Ren > ?oTn' ,hey COUId not associate J, with gentlemen, and there are ,,uite a number in all circles in Washington. So it is, when the President kind of ' ?f.. ,wn llV'm and in action, at least. tells them that they are not worthy of (confidence, it "riles" them, to say the least It riled them to the extent that the President had to call in his em bargo on the Cabinet, and convene the Correspondents at the White House and tell them that his order didn't mean what it said, not at all. That went? the newspaper men accepted it, rather reluctantly it Is true, for they felt that they had bfcen dealt with In bad faith and their trustworthiness doubted, but they burled the hatchet. Now there Is another grouch on. A Newspaper Cor respondent saw and heard all that hap pened to Mrs. Morris, the sister of Con gressman Hull, of Iowa, who was so rudely fired out of the White House Executive Offices, and told the story as it came under his own ears and eyes. Then the Secretary to the Secretary told how he made it happen, and it? well?what word do you use when you do not want to be unparliamentary and call a man a liar? Find your own word, and that will be the epithet which the Secretary to the Secretary practically tossed over to the newspa per man, whose truthfulness has never before been questioned, and his story, furthermore, is corroborated by Mrs. Morris, herself. * * * On top of this conic the Correspond ents in a body to declare that they do not like the treatment that is being ac corded them at the White House, not one single little bit, or in the Depart ments either. The White House has called up some of the Correspondents and criticized them severely for print ing the Morris episode as a matter of news?the truthfulness of which was not questioned, but the suggestion given that it was unnecessary to make so much of so small a matter as toting a well dressed, perfectly sane and respectable woman out of the White House Public Offices by the shoulders and the ankles. The Correspondents are pretty mad, they say, and they have about conclud ed that it is not worth while to waste any more time covering up the foibles of public men, but that they will pro ceed to print the truth in all its naked* ness. And, if you please, Venus at the bath won't be a circumstance to naked truth when those Correspondents final ly turn themselves loose. It is thought that the President will not countenance the things that were said and done that unfortunate morning, when he finally learns the truth. But?the Washing ton Correspondents are mad! They are that! ? ? * Grown up men are not so much un like ungrown ones?little boys you know. They like to bluff, like it awful ly well, but when it. comes to a show down, well, like little, wanton boys, again, they find good excuses for not doing things. For instance?individual ly the numbers of the United States Sen ate have had some very decided ideas about foreign affairs?all sorts and con ditions of foreign affairs. They have been quoted in print, and they have been reading speeches into the Con gressional Record, big, bright, brainy speeches packed with wisdom, and all sieh, and telling what they would do when the time came; and the time has come. Now, what will the harvest be? I here will be no more discussion in the open Senate of the manner in which the Administration has conducted for eign affairs. That's settled. How? Everything is to be considered in Ex ecutive Session! ? ? ? The question was raised by Senator! Bacon calling up his resolution request ing the President, in the usual terms to communicate to the Senate the in structions he has given to the delegates appointed to attend in behalf of the I nited States the Conference between the great powers of Europe, soon to be held in Spain, to consider the pending difficulties in Morocco between France and England on one side and Germany ,the?ther- Henry White, United Mates Embassador to Italy, and Samuel K Gummere, United States Minister to Morocco, are the delegates designated by President Roosevelt to attend the Conference. ? ? ? Senator Bacon had risen to speak to his resolution when he was Interrupted by Senator Lodge, who asked Senator, Bacon if he Intended to discuss the! question in open session? Senator Bacon hesitated for an Instant, and Senator! Louge immediately demanded that the galleries be cleared and the doors closed, and immediately it was done Then the Senate went at the resolution hammer and tongs and debated it for four mortal hours in secret session That is, they called it "secret," but" bless your soul, It was part of It In the afternoon papers and all of It that the public cares to know about was in the morning papers. Executive sessions do not amount to much any more, and they certainly do not accord with our free American institutions, but they amuse the older Senators, so still flourish Senator Bacon finally tried to get an agreement to have the resolution dis cussed In the open Senate, but was voted down in a strictly party vote, the Democrats for open session and the Re publicans against it. The President Is said to have been much gratified, as he does not care to have foreign matters discussed in the open Senate, with full galleries. ? ? ? Senators Dick and Foraker are just now having some fun with the Presi dent. They want Samuel S. Taylor formerly Secretary of State of Ohio* and now Consul at Glasgow, retained in that office, and the President doesn't The President being the biggest has appointed Richard W. Austin Taylor's successor. * * ? Austin has just retired as United ?States Marshal of the Eastern District of Tennessee, after serving eight years I in that office. The President Intended to reappoint him, but Representative ilale, of Knoxvllle, who Is a Republi can serving his first term, had some political obligations to meet, and In sisted on the appointment of a new Marshal. Recognizing the exigencies of the .sit uation, the President yielded to his rep resentations, and then felt he ought to find another place for Austin. He therefore offered him the Glasgow Consulship, and Austin said it was sat isfactory. it thus will !?e observed that to satisfy Representative Dale's de mands, the President was compelled to disregard, in two instances, his rule to reappoint competent Federal office holders who had served two terms. ? ? ? Very naturally Senators Foraker and l^lck are not at all pleased with this reversal of the President's decision to reappoint all Federal office holders who have served acceptably, and also be cause a man whom they supported has been turned down. The two Senators have served notice that the appoint ment of Mr. Austin will be held up In the Senate?and there you are The President has a lively fashion of get ting around such things by waiting till Congress adjourns and then making re cess appointments of the same man He has done this in numerous Instances and has generally worn the Senate out and got what he wanted. ? ? ? An interesting story was told at the Capitol concerning the Austin family. ; During the civil war the Austins lived at Decatur, Ala , and were loyal to the In'on. After the battle of Shiloh, In in^pf Vf . U,e troops j entered Decatur, and Charles H. Gros j venor, now dean of the Ohio dclega tion, was placed in command of the provost guard. He fell 111 with typhoid fever and was nursed by Mrs. Austin ! U,ehard vv ? who was then a <IUId. She summoned a Confederate Surgeon, who was home 011 furlough, and he administered to Grosvenor until his own Regimental Surgeon arrived. J he General believes to-day that Mrs Austin saved his lire, ami /o?s"quently viru deePI>r Interested In her son When Austin was seeking reaonoint ment as Marshal a few weeks ago the General put ln a good word for him . .i?VUH du,,lbft>unded to learn last week that the Tennesseean had been appointed to supersede Taylor, In whose interested.he U,S? ha* befen Per??nally ? ? ? Secretary of War Tuft is "bantina" That Is what it was called a long time a*?, when fat people undertook to diet off a lot of their pondeBosity. Secretary Taft is a mighty bi$ man In many ways, but particularly in ,the fleshly measure. He weighs?or did, weigh?314 pounds. This was too much for comfort, so he concluded to got rid pf it. He tried horseback riding;' but, bless you, he couldn t afford horseflesh ertough to take that fat off of him. Horses cost money, if he could have gone out on the plains where bronchos and j mustangs cost but little and give ex ercise in plenty, horseback riding might ha\e accomplished the purpose. So the Secretary of War is trying to quit eating starchy things, and sweet things, and sour things, and wet things, and greasy things, and most everything that tickles the palate. He has pulled 24 pounds off, and hopes to get down to 2o0 pounds, and then he will keep him self right there. * * ? The rules governing the discharge of enlisted men from the Army by pur chase have been amended by changing the scale of prices. Some of the flg ures have been lowered and others in | creased. The new schedule follows: After one year's service, $120; after two years' service, $100; after three years' service, $90; after four years' service, $85; af ter five years' service, $80; after six years' service, $65; after seven years' service,^ $60; after eight years' ser vice, $55; after nine years' service, $40; after 10 years' service, $35; after 11 years' service, $30. ? ? ? Col. William Michael, formerly Chief Clerk of the State Department, and re cently appointed Consul General to Cal cutta, called at the State Department to say farewell, and left Washington for his post, Friday. He sailed Saturday from New York, accompanied by Mrs. Michael and their daughter. ? ? ? During 1904-'05 1,333 soldiers were treated at the St. Elizabeth Government Hospital for the Insane at Anacostia. A marked Increase is noted since the Spanish war. Last year 241 soldiers, many of whom served In the Philip pines, were entered. During the pre vious year there were 1,346 soldiers from the Army, Navy, and Marine Hospital Service treated. This is only one of the hospitals of the country, and many soldiers who become insane are not brought here, but are in many cases turned over to relatives and friends to be cared for, their term of service having expired. ? ? ? A feature of the annual report Is that 86 soldiers were discharged during the as cured and 26 as improved, while 107 died and two were discharged as unimproved. The Superintendent, .Dr. White, is arduously endeavoring to relieve and counteract the climatic ef fects. He prescribes exercise in the open air, the patients taking long walks with attendants, and those who can be trusted are driven about the city in open conveyances. Dr. White is an advocate of baths, exercises, mas sage, good food, and sunshine as the means of curing. He advises that the word "insane" be dropped from the name of the hospital; that trials in case of petition for inquiry Into condition of persons supposed to be insane be re moved from public gaze and attendance. He Is in favor of the Jury trial, with a Judge from the Supreme Court to pre side. In cases of female patients, when transferred to the hospital another woman should accompany them, he believes. Judge Paynter, the ' Kentuckian who will take Senator Blackburn's seat in the United States Senate, was born too late to wear the gray, and that is per haps fortunate. It is a remarkable fact that many of the United States Sena tors from the South were youngsters during the war, hence never swore alle giance to the "Lost Cause" under the stars and bars. It Is a new era that Is opening up before the South, and prom ises better things. ? ? ? 1 The Countess Buena Vista of Cuba some time ago brought suit against Maj.-Gen. John H, Brooke, to recover damages because an order was issued by Gen. Brooke abolishing her heredi tary right to slaughter the beef cattle in the Island. This right she claimed came down to her from the time of < olumbus, when an ancestor for some service was granted this peculiar right Gen. Brooke, when he was in charge down there, found the methods of slaughtering cattle antiquated and in sanitary, and he abolished the whole business and set up a slaughter-house on the most approved plans. Where upon Donna Francisca O'Reilly Desca rnara. Countess of Buena Vista, kicked and lost. The court decides that she has no grounds for damages from Gen Brooke, but suggests that she can sue the Government of the United States and probably recover. * ? * Postmaster-General Cortelyou has asked Congress for an appropriation for a new Post Office Building to be con structed up close to the new Union Station. He says that, taking all things into consideration, It will be a money saving institution. At the present time the Post Office Department is scattered o\er a good deal of Washington, the bureaus in many places, making it in convenient to attend to business. ? * ? People should not make statements of fact ' that they cannot substantiate. Newspapers should never make asser tions that they cannot clinch by abso lute proof. There was a time when the Congress of the United States was impervious to anything that outsiders might say about it, and when it usually referred to that "lying sheet" with many sneers and statesmanlike con tempt, if a newspaper attacked its members. But Congress is getting more sensitive. Its members watch the newspapers very closely, and espe cially the editorial pages, and when those newspapers seem to have sources of knowledge which Congress has not tapped, those newspapers, by their rep resentatives, are asked to come before the appropriate committees of the House or Senate, as the case may be though it is usually the House,?for that is the popular body and "starts" things, and tell what they know. This is a very good plan, it makes a news paper careful of exaggeration in its col umns, and it teayhes Congress that It cannot hope to do mean things and not get found out. and that it must show special favors to none!, ? ? ? J'!f.t,noW " !" the Canal scheme which is occupying the attention of the newspapers and magazine writers, and they keep Congress "hitting the i?rit" a good deal of the time in an effort to keep up with this "outside" informa tion which if trne would make the whole canal business a scandal and a disgrace equal to anything that France ever did In that line, and which, if not true, should be the means of getting into prison, or at least lasting disgrace a whole lot of unconscionable "pre varicators" seems to be the diplomatic woid to use In this connection, but the reader can cut it down to a plain Eng-j llsh word of five letters. Some Phila delphia newspapers have been skin ning certain committees of the House alive for "ignoring" certain con ditions In the Military and Naval Academies and making a great bluff at having inside information which was at the service of these Committees if they wanted It, but at the same time hinting that the House Committees were not af ter 'information." Then the commit tees called the bluff and the newspapers have laid down. At least, they have not responded to the cordial invitation to come to the Committee rooms of the House and unbosom themselves of the knowledge which lias been a sort of consuming fire for some weeks, but thei fire seems to have consumed both the! writers and the facts, as neither have Ho.ira1?' WI'Jting appeared before the House Committees to substantiate the ?tron? statements which they And again comes a man named roltney Blgelow, a writer of consider able repute, with an article on the way that things have been "mismanaged" and "misstated" in the public press down in the Isthmus, and just about the same as declaring that the Presi dent and Secretary Taft were In "ca hoots to mislead the people concern ing the condition of things at the Isthmus, and asserting that the Presi dent was placing all his friends down there at tremendous salaries: that money is being squandered by the Gov-1 ernment, and all that sort of thing. J Mr. Bigelow had this printed at so much per in a monthly magazine. That It touched some raw spots seems to be quite substantially supported. It caused the President to send to Con gress a scorching rebuke to all those who criticize the Canal and the Ad ministration, and brought from Secre tary Taft a reply almost as voluminous as himself, and which, some way, when printed side by side with the letter of ? the President to Congress, does not ex actly harmonize with the same. They ought to have been printed at least one day apart. Mr. Bigelow's article has brought to him a request to appear be fore the Committee on Interoceanic Canals next week, early, and show his good intentions; in other words, let the committee find out whether he was sim ply talking for so much per without re gard to truth or whether he really be lieved and could bring proof of the ex traordinary statements he made. Sec retary Taft called him a plain every day word which begins with "1" and ends with "r" and has "ia" in the mid dle, and Secretary Taft is not at all giv en to airy persiflage. Mr. Bigelow will now have to make good or accept the opprobrious term which Secretary of War Taft flings at him. The impres sion seems to be that the writer will flunk. * ? ? Nineteen enlisted men who passed their examinations for commissions were nominated as Second Lieutenants last week. This settles the much agitated Question in regard to the eligi bility of enlisted men who were per mitted, under existing regulations, to take the examination, and who were reported as qualified for appointment. ? ? ? The Chief of Staff has approved the recommendations of the General Staff that those who served in Mindinao dur ing the period mentioned in General Orders, No. 197, will be considered as entitled to wear service-in-war chev rons for service such as entitled them I to campaign badges. ? ? ? The German Emperor has been puz zling his brains over what to send Miss Roosevelt for a wedding present. He had about decided to send her a portrait in oil of himself, which would sure have been funny. They have not yet acquired our bandbox style of build ing over there, and do not know that in the average society home there is scarcely enough wall space to hang a single large picture; and, then, who would want forever and a day to stare into eyes that one had never seen, and upon a uniform that is as un-American as anything can be imagined? It is said the Emperor finally decided that he would send Miss Alice a dinner set of Royal Berlin China. Oh, but such a present as that will be a joy to the heart! Miss Alice will be pleased with the china, never fear. The Hough Rid ers are also riding rough shod over the sensibilities of the President. They are out with a petition to all the Rough Riders to "chip in" for a present to Miss Roosevelt which it is thought will take the form of a silver service. The method of acquiring funds for this, however, will be obnoxious to the Pres ident. * ? * Jan. 25 is the time set for the open ing of the hearings in the Reed Smoot case in the Senate. ? ? ? An investigation of child-labor con ditions in the United States by the De partment of Commerce and Labor is provided for in the Gardiner resolution which was discussed by the Committee on Education and Labor of the House. A public hearing on the resolution wili be held Jan. 18. Representative Gardi ner has invited Gov. Curtis Guild, of Massachusetts, to appear before the committee in support of the movement to have child labor investigated. ? * * The House Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures authorized a favorable report on the Southard bill to enable the Secreary of the Treasury to recoln worn, abraded, uncurrent sil ver dollars into subsidiary coins in amounts not exceeding $3,000,000 in any one year. ? ? ? The House Committee on Indian Af fairs decided to favorably report the Curtis bill, which provides for the winding up of the affairs of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory and for the disposition of their remaining: lands. * ? ? If a bill introduced by Mr. Pearre, of Maryland, should become a law' it would be practically impossible for a National Bank to make a campaign con tribution without the fact becoming public and proper punishment being meted out to the offending official. t The proposed measure amends the National Banking laws by making it the duty of the Comptroller to require every National Bank Examiner, when ever he makes his examination of a bank under the control of the Currency Office, to ask and receive answers under oath from the directors and officers of such institutions whether they have made any contributions to any cam paign committee, any person or persons or corporations for political purposes. Refusal to respond under oath Is punishable by fine and imprisonment, and the contribution of any sum of money belonging to the bank for cam paign purposes carries with it not only proper fines and other penalties, but Is ground sufficient for the forfeiture of the charter of the institution. The fail ure of the Examiner to make the re quired inquiry carries with it, upon conviction, fine and imprisonment of from two to five years and dismissal from office. ? ? * Gen. Miles, Superintendent of the Military Academy at West Point, de clares that everything there is in a satisfactory conditon, and that there is no hazing. Grandfather's Cure for Constipation REAT medicine,?-the Saw (( buok* \\\ f Two hours ? day eawing I wood will keep anyone's Bowels regular. No need of pills, Cathartics, Castor Oil nor "Physic," if you'll only work the Sawbuck regularly. Exercise is Nature's Cure for Consti pation and,?Ten-Mile walk will do, if you haven't got a wood pile. ? ? ? But, if you will take your Exercise in an Easy Chair, there's only one way to do that, and make a Success of it. Because,?there's only one kind of Artificial Exercise for the Bowels and its name is "CASCARETS." Cascarets are the only means to exer cise the Bowel Muscles, without work. They don't Purge, Gripe, nor "upset your Stomach," because they don't act like Cathartics. They don't flush out your Bowels and Intestines with a costly waste of Digestif* Juice, as Salts, Castor Oil, Cafemal, Jalap, or Aperient Waters, always do No.?Cascarets strengthen and stimu late the Bowel Muscles instead. These are the Muscles that line the Food passages and that tighten up when Food touches them, thus driving that Food on to its finish. They are the Muscles that turn Foot into Strength through Nutrition. ? ? ? Well,?a Cascaret acts on your Bowel Muscles as if you had just Sawed a oor4 of wood, or walked ten miles. That's why Casoarets are safe to tak? continuously in health; and out of health. Because they move the Food Naturally, digesting it without waste of tomorrow'a Gastric Juioe. They thus work all the Nutrition out of It before it decays. The thin, flat, Ten Cent box is mads to fit your Vest Pocket, or "My Lady's" Purse. Carry It constantly with you and take a Cascaret whenever you suspect you need one. Thus you will ward off Appendicitis Constipation, Indigestion, ? and other things besides. Druggists?10 Cents a Box. Be very careful to get the genuine, made only by the Sterling Remedy Com pany and never sold in bulk. Every tab let stamped " CCC." tW* FRXX TO OUR FRIEJfDSi We wast to send to tar friends s fcaastftp PreadMU&ifsed. GOLD-PLATED BONBONBOC hard-enameled is colors. It Is a beast? tor tie dresstsr table. Tea cents is stamps Is asked asa neasarc of food Utk and to osrer eostef Cascarets, with which tHs dalntr trinket is loaded. ris Send to-day, mentioning this payer. Address Sterling Ke?df Company* Qiiraco or new York. Capt. James Robb Church, one of the heroes of Las Guasimas, Cuba, was presented with a Medal of Honor by the Pr ,sident last week. The occasion was made a gala one, manj* officers of the Army and Navy attending in full dress. The presentation was made in the Blue Parlor, and the President personally pinned the medal on Church's breast. He came by his hon ors early. There are veterans of the war of the rebellion who did splendid ly heroic service away out of the line of duty, who should have had Medals of Honor 40 years ago, and have not received them yet. RECEYT LITERATURE. THE 77TH PA. A History of the Regi ment. By John Obreiter, Lancaster, Pa. The occasion of dedicating the mon ument erected by the State of Pennsyl vania to the 77th Pa. on Shiloh battle field has been taken to prepare a very excellent history of the regiment, which tells the story only too briefly, but gives particular attention to the part it took in the battle of Shiloh. That portion is by Maj. David W. Reed, and is quite an admirable pre sentation of the story of the engage ment. With this is the report of the Pennsylvania Shiloh Commission, of which Comrade Obreiter is Chairman, with a roster of the organizations, dis cussion of the battle and the reports of the Union and Confederate com manders. All these are grouped in a handsome volume and embellished with fine wash drawings and excellent maps. The book is published by the State, and will be distributed to all sur viving honorably-discharged members of the 77th Pa. and one copy to each family of deceased members of the regiment. As the Commission has not money enough to pay postage or ex press charges on the book, it will be necessary for all who send for it to in close with their application 22 cents in stamps to pay postage. LETTERS AND ADDRESSES BY THOMAS JEFFERSON. Published by the Unit Book Publishing Co., N. Y. This latest publication of the Unit Book Publishing Co. is edited by Profs. William B. Parker, of the Co lumbia University, and Jonas Viles, of the University of Missouri. It is an ex cellent selection from Jefferson's writ ings, embracing those things which will illustrate the character of his mind most clearly. Condensed Milk From Whale. (Technical World Magazine.) The milk from the lacteal glands of the female whales is being canned and put on the market as a new brand of condensed milk. The industry promises to be a large one, as si. single whale yields several barrels of the rich fluid, which is nutritious to a high degree. A Romance of the War. A war-time romance developed at th? recent celebration of the 40th anniver sary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Brantt in Brooklyn, N. Y. It told of a forlorn young soldier in the Naval Hospital at Pensacola one day in 1864. He was 111, and no one from the North had been writing tender missives to him?that boon to soldiers far from home and friends. That young soldier was R. H. Brant. Through a comrade he, in his loneliness, wrote to a girl named Katie in Newark, N. J., whom he had never met. A correspondence began, which ended when the clouds of war had blown by in a wedding. The rest can be surmised. A Heerennt Indian. The Choctaw Nation is humiliated because one of their number has broken his word. A Choctaw's word has been as good as a white man's bond. This honorable tradition of the tribe has, however, been violated. Robert L. Fol som, a full-blooded Choctaw, was charged with murder, and the time for his trial fixed. Then he was released, and when the trial day came he did not appear. He was finally arrested in Utah and taken to Durant, in Indian Territory, where he will be tried. Fol som is said to be the first man of hie tribe to flee from justice. lat Mleh. Comrade D. J. Briggs, Broad land, S. D., writes: "In the issue of Dec. 14, in the sketch of the 1st Mich., I see the name of George Lockley as Lieutenant Colonel when mustered out. 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Pee tl rely the grastast bsraaln aa the face af the Earth SEEINQ IS BELIEVING. 232S.TJ to as with your same, past aAee aad aapress edtee address aad wa will eead the watsh aad chain to your eipreaa ottoa for eiaaiipatlow. Tea azasalaa tham at your express sflcs sad if as repreeeated pay aip.aaa agent our bergela **!* prioe $3.T6 aad etpreei chargaa sad they are jeun Be euro te aeootioa ia your latter ?b,o or.er'.af whether yen want a M8W-S'? V 8f1".I"***! to-day aa this will M appear agaia. Adlr.ee K. CHALMERS ft 00., M6 Saarbont Bt, CHICAGO. All About Pensions. The **Age" Order. The laws of June 27, 1896, and May 9 1900, provided for a pension, accord ing to degree of disability, from $6 to $112 per month for any soldier of the War of the Rebellion who served 90 days and was honorably discharged. The new "AGE" Order simply says that any claimant who has arrived at the age of 62, or 65, or 68. or 70 is presumed without further proof (and. inferentially, without examination) to be suffering disability sufficient to war rant 56 a month pension at age of 62; $8 a month at age of 65; $10 a month at age of 68, and $12 a month at age of 70 To Those Who Have Never Ap plied lor Pension. We urge upon these comrades that it is their duty to apply. If many are so well-to-do that they do not need it, they can apply the money to help those who do need it. Under the "AGE" Order an application can be made that. In most cases, does'not involve exam ination, which probably removes a fea ture that was objectionable to many. Write to R. W. Shoppeil, or The Na tional Tribune. Washington, D. C., aud a proper blank will be mailed you with out cost. To General Law Pensioners Drawing Less Than 912. If under the law of June 27, 1890, as construed by the New "AGE" Order, which is given elsewhere, a pensioner will receive an increase, he should write to R. W. Shoppeil, or The Na tional Tribune, Washington, D. C., and a proper blank will be mailed him without cost. To Pensioner* Under the Aet of Jnne ST, 1800, "Who Are Receiving Leu Than 912 Per Month. Read very carefully the new "AGE" Order given in another column. If it allows you more pension than you are now receiving, write to R. W. Shoppeil, or The National Tribune, Washington, D. C., and a proper blank will be mailed you without cost. To Those Wishing to Allege More Dis ability Than Is Prescribed by the "Age" Order. Under the "Age" Orc^er it is assumed, if the contrary does not appear, and all other legal requirements are properly met, that a claimant is half disabled for m&nual'labor at the age of 62; two ihirda disabled at the age of 65; live sixths at the age of 69, and who disabled at the age of 70. It the cla! ant cannot show that he has grea disability at these respective ages thi is recited above, it is of no use for h: to describe his ailments. It is a dii vantage, in fact, because it will In the expense and delay of medical amination. If a claimant is In health for his age, it is useless to ap^ for more than is allowed by the "Aft' Order. Any one, however, who Is sure t he is more disabled than is allowed by the "AGE" Order should write R. W. Shoppeil, or The National une, Washington, D. O., and a pro blank will he mailed him without Widows. Upon the death of your soldier huai band, apply for pension promptly. JS is one of the provisions he leavoo iof your maintenance. In most oases tkl pension will commence from dato of application. Something is lost by do* !av. Write to R. W. Shoppeil, or The National Tribune. Washington, D. C.. and a proper blank will be mailed yog without cost.