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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."
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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
? * ?
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
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.
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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
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.
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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."
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^ 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
? ? *
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
? ? ?
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
? ? ?
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
* * ?
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
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
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
* ? ?
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
* ? *
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:
* ? ?
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
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"
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."
We wast to send to tar friends s fcaastftp
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.
THE 77TH PA. A History of the Regi
ment. By John Obreiter, Lancaster,
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.
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. If any
reader of The National Tribune can
give me his address it will give me
great pleasure. He was my file closer
while in the old 1st, three months.
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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'
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
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.

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