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DEATHIN ELAMESl
Five Children Perish in a Dwell
ing House FireNear Spring
field, Minn.
The Father Escapes, but Is Se
riously Burned, and His Re
covery Is Doubtful.
SPRINGFIELD. Minn., Special, March 22.
A sad casualty occurred last night seven
miles south ot this village. The house of
John Taney took tire when the family were
sleeping and was consumed, and this morn
ing five corpses lay among the ruins. These
were the children ot Mr. Tahey, one boy
and four uirls, two of whom were nearly
grown to maturity. Mr. Lahey is badly
burned and hi& recovery is doubtful.
The cause 01 the lire is a mystery, as the
members ot the family who escaped say
there was no fire in the house when the
laniily went to bed.
THE SILVER VOTE.
The Majority for the Bland Bill Esti
mated From 17 to 40.
WASHINGTON, Special Telegram, March,
22.Ike Hill, the Democratic whip of the
house, says tbat free silver will pass the
house by a majority of 17, but he has evi
dently gi\en the silver men the lowest
possible estimate because other men who
are looting into the situation believe the
majority will be 40. There will be about
a dozen Republican votes lor the bill. It
is expected that the anti-silver Democrats
will to-morrow begin a series of filibuster
ing motions, and it possible will defeat the
consideration ot the bill at this time, but
as they were powerless in the grasp ot the
speaker be ore it ismoietban probabU that
they will be unable to accomplish any
thing, and that the bill will go through
without very much trouble.
The Democratic party is placed where it
has to squirm, and it is now wriggling to get
out ot the position which will certainly
carry it to de'eat at the election this fall.
The Republicans in the present house will
not all \ote agam-it the tree coinage bill
when it comes up for consideration. A
very few o! them will vote with the free
silventes, so.ne ot them from the silver
states and some from the states where the
Farmer-.' Alliance has such a hold as to
scare them into voting for cheap money,
but the large majority of the Republicans
and the party as a whole will be against
the iree coinage bill. In fact enough Re
publicans wul be against it to determine
the policy of the party on that question as
it determined it in the last congress.
PROSPECTs IX THE SENATE.
The senate will pass the iree coinage bill.
There will not be as many Democrats in
favor ot iree coinage as there was in tiie
last congress, but there will certainly be
enough to pass the bill. Among the Re
publicans there may be counted two from
Montana, one and perhaps two from Wash
ington, one from Oregon, two irom Idaho,
twoirom California, two from Colorado,
two irom Nevada, one irom Kansas, one
-Farmers' Alliance from Kansas and one
Farmers' Alliance irom Gouth Dakota, the
latter two succeeding Republicans in the
last senate, one ot whom was in favor and
the other against iree coinage. There is
also reason to believe that Nebraska will
cast two votes for Iree coinage she did in
the last congress. Some of these men may
change their minds and deem it expedient
at the present time to oppose the free coin
age bill. They may hold that the present
silver 'aw goes far enough toward iree coin
age and gives the people all the money they
want without going* to the extremity of
driving gold out of the country.
There may be a half-dozen or even a
dozen Democrats who will vote against free
coinage, but it is hard to find out who they
are. Vilas ol Wisconsin, Palmer of Illinois,
Carlisle of Kentucky, Gray of Delaware,
McPherson and Blodgett of New Jersey
will in all probability vote against the
iree coinage measure. Nobody knows what
Hill and Gorman will do. Republicans
believe that President Harrison will write
a message vetoing the bill which will
make him a sure winner in the next elec
tion, borne Republicans and many Demo
crats intimate that the president will hesi
tate in this matter and will be in doubt as
to what he should do with such a bill as
that which Bland and his fellow inflation
ists propose to send to him. Those who
know the president best have no hesitancv
in saying that be will make a firm stand
lor hone-.t money and will quickly decide
to send back a ringing message vetoing the
bill.
HVRRIES' QUAXDARY.
Representative Harries, of tiie First Min
nesota distiict, is in considerable of aquan
dary over the Iree coinage matter. He was
asked to-day what lie intended to do re
garding the instructions of the First dis
trict Minnesota Democratic convention,
which told him to oppose free coinage!
He said he was going to wait until ho re
ceived these instructions, but he even then
indicated shat he would still vote ior the
free coinage bill when it comes up. It
seems when Mr Harries was nominated
and the Democrats of the First district were
endeavoring to secure the support of the
Farmer's Alliance party, tiie managers of
that party in the district, including all fac
tions, were willing make anv kind of
promise to secure the Alliance sup
port, and that promises were made
to the Alliance convention and managers
that Capt. Harries would support Iree coin
age. In one ot the first speeches the cap
tain made at Preston he took a stand
favor ot free coinage, and now he feels it
will be impossible ior him to go back on
the position he took then, as the condi
tions have not materially changed. He
said very emphatically he would either
stand by the promises made or go home
and quit congress. He did not care enough
about remaining in congress to go back on
any promises he made the people during
the campaign. Doran and Kelly may de
cide to defeat him on this question, but
they will not be able to bulldoze him into
supporting the Cleveland programme in
the present house.
Both Castle and Hall will air their views
on the question of free coinage, and en
deavor to convince the Democracy ot the
United States that Minnesota is not tinged
with the cheap money craze.
The Pensioners.
WASHINGTON, Special Telegram, March
22.Pensions granted to-day:
Minnesota-Original: John G. Skeustaa, Elias
Little, James W. Cook, James M. Brown, John
Johnson, Daniel E. Cartwell, Elijah Gurch. Otto
Will. Joseph Hooper. Additional: August
Mms. Supplemental: Orlo Rogers. Increase.
A,. Henderson. Prank Latham, Andrew
Battiesou. Reissue: Thomas h\ Leonard
South DakotaOriginal: Fred Brvan An
drew F. Keuyon William M. Greene? Wi'lliam
H. Woodward. Eben T. c. Lord, Josenh E
Boyer, William N. Brown, Lewis Sawyer Ad
ditional. David Ham. Increase: Joel Lilly
North Dakota.Original: Jacob (JUristlue
ONE MINISTER OUT.
Emperor William Accepts the Resigna
tion of Count Von Zedlitz.
BERLIN, March 22.The emperor has ac
cepted the resignation of Count
von Zedlitz, minister of educa
tion and religion. The Kreuz Zeitung
says that Chancellor Von CapriviV
prolonged retention in office is impossible.
Once the ciisis is over he must resign, as he
has lost the confidence of parliament.
Chancellor von Caprivi, who was yesterday
summoned by Emperor William to a con.
ference at Rubertustock, returned to Berlin
last night. The chancellor waited upon
Dr. Von Boetticher, vice president of
the Prussian council of ministers, and
conferred with him on the ministerial
crisis. The date ot the emperor's return is
uncertain. It ia reported that the condi
tion oi his health necessitates on his part a
complete abstention from public business.
A report was started to-davthat Chancellor
Von Caprivi had resigned the presidency
of the Pi ussian council of ministers,, but
that he would retain the chancellorship.
It can be said, with no fear ot a denial
from any quarter, that the originators of
this report knew nothing of the facts of the
case, and that their statements are based
purely on conjecture.
N O LONGER A TRUST.
Standard Oil People Vote to Dissolve
the Coruhine.
NEW YORK. March 22.At a meeting held
by holders of Standard Oil Trust ceitificate3
to-day, a resolution to terminate the agree
ment forming the trust was voted upon and
adopted by a large majority, oyer two
thirds of the certificates being voted in
favor of the dissolution. Over 200 holders
of certificates were present. John D. Rocke
feller was chosen chairman of the meeting,
ana D. Archbold secretary. The following
resolutions were adopted:
That the asrsement dated Jan. 2, A. D. 1882,
commonly know it as the Standard Oil trust
agieeirent and the supplement thereto, dated
Jan 14. 1882, are hereby terminated this 12th
day ol Match, 1892, and, further, that the af
fairs of the trust be wound up by John D. iiocke
teller, Henry M. Flagler, William Rockefeller,
John D. Aichbold, Benjamin Brewster, Henry
H. Rogers. Wesley H. Tilford and O. B. Jen
nings and the survivor or survivors of them in
the tollowing manner
All property held by said trust, except stocks
of corpoiations, shall be sold by said trustees
at private sale, and the prices thereof, together
with any money belonging to the trust, shall be
distributed to tin? owuers of trust certificates
accordnu to their respective interest, it being
the intent and meaning ot this resolution that
the equitable niteivatsin said stocks represented
by trust certificates may thus in demand be
converted into legal interests represented by
assignments and transfers of said stocks by said
trustees to the parties entitled thereto, which
transfers and assignments may be entered on
the books of the several corporations upon the
demand oi the holders oi such assignments,
thereby merging or converting equitable owner
ship into legal ownership in said stocks.
T"IJ1, ETC., OBJtCCl'S.
The Chinesa Minister Not Pleased With.
Our Treatment of His Countrymen.
WASHINGTON., March 22.Tsui Kwo Gin,
the Chinese minister, has prepared a letter
to the secretaiy of state urging an early
response to the various communications
that the Chinese government has sent to
this government with reference to the re
striction ol
Chinese immigration. A reply
will be made in a few days. The minister
says in an interview:
Ever since I have been in this country I have
been endeavoring to secure better tieatment for
my people a.t the hands of the United States
To this, end I have forwarded a number of let
ters to the state department stating our posi
tion in the matter, out as yet I have leceived
no satisfactory answer For the United States
to aciee to a tieaty providing for the admission
of Chinese and tneu to oveinde it by an act of
congres-i is hardly acting good faith. One
side has all to say and the other side is not con
sidered at ail Your Ueatment of the Chinese
is luconsistent with the constitution and the
principles laid down by Geoige Washington.
Being asked it China would exclude
Americans it the United States lurther re
stricts Chinese immigration, the minister
replied- "It seems to me that Americans
should consider the situation and wthdraw
from China of their own ree will."
"Lnckv" Haldwin's Daughter Elopes.
SAX FR\:NCISCO, March 22 The an
nouncement was made to-day that Anita
Baldwin, the only daughter of "Lucky"
Baldwin, the well known California mil
lionaire, had eloped with her cousin,
George Baldwin. The latter came here five
years ago irom Crawiordsville. Ind, and
since than has been employed at the Bald
win hotel in this city. He is twenty-five
years of age, while the young woman is but
eighteen. It transpires thev were married
Jan. 5 secretly, and that having lailed sub
sequently to obtain the miiiionaiie's con
sent to a proposed prospective union, they
took advantage of his absence, he being
now at his Sauta Anita ranch in the south
ern part of the state, to start iorvvard on a
bridal trip.
Judges Will o to Jail.
KAJSAS CITY, March 22.Many years ago
the counties of St. Clair and Casse, Mo.,
voted $1,750,000 bonds for the Tebo & Nosho
railroad. The road was never built but the
bonds got into the hands ot innocent par
ties. The counties have been ordered to
levy a tax for the payment of the bends,
but as the sentiment is overwhelmingly
against it various county court judges have
relused to sign the tax order and have been
sent to jail for contempt. Two more judges
are now in contempt and will be sentenced
next Monday.
La-rt Over for a Year.
OTTAWA, March 22.A lively debate rose
in the house to-day on W. George Taylor's
act to prohibit the importation and migra
tion of ioreigners and aliens under con
tract or agreement to perform labor in Can
ada. The United States, Mr. Taylor said,
were enforcing their bill and Canada must
do the same. It was finally agreed that
debate should be adjourned, which prac
tically shelves the measure ior another
year.
Caught in South Dakota.
WOOJJSOCKET, S. D., Special Telgram,
March 22.Warren and Ed Major, who
robbed the McGrew, Pa postofflce and at
tempted to kill the postmaster Feb. 3, were
caught here near their rendezvous with a
relative by Sheriff Payne yesterday. Two
deputy sheriffs are on the way from Penn
sylvania, and will start back to-morrow.
Passed Away.
OSSEO, Wis., Special Telegram, March 22.
John D. Pace, a well-to-do resident of
Mondovi, died to-dav of heart failure. He
received a pension of $2,000 the Saturday
before he died.
Eaten bv Ants.
TOMBSTONE. Ariz., March 22.Recently a
band of Mexican horse thieves captured
Henry Withers, who shot three of their
party. Death was his sentence but shoot
ing was too easy a death. First he was
taken to the hot sand beds and left naked
lor six hours. Then he was carried to a
cactus bush and was laid on the sharp
points for a few hours. Finally he was se
curely bound and taken to a large ant hill,
and left to his late. The insects swarmed
over Withers' body, and within two nours
he was dpad .roiu their bites.
BECOMING UGLY.
Striking Trainmen on the Cana
dian Pacific Causing Much
Trouble.
Protection to the Company's Men
and Property Has Been
Asked For.
WINNIPEG, Man,, Special Telegram,
March 22.The Canadian Pacific strike has
assumed a serious aspect. A? was sur
mised in these dispatches at midnight Sun
day, the conductors and trainmen on the
Pacific division, from Donald to "Vancover,
were called out on a strike, and to-day dis
patches from Rat Portage relate a serious
disturbance. General Superintendent
Whyte received the following message
from A. McKenzie, who is at present di
recting the affairs ^of the company at Rat
Portage:
Must have protection here at once. Pruner's
and Barnes' trains wera cut between here and
Keewatin. I had to send a full force of men and
stockmen on every car of Roberge's tram, and
myself and Stewart went to Keewatin. I got in
without being cut. Pruner's extra east from
Rennie was cut this side of the tunnel in about
thirteen pieces, some drawheads stove in, new
TKAINMEN SHOT AT
and the head brakemau had a rock thrown at
him. The conductor or brakeman would not
come out of the cab. It took myself and Reed
some hours to set the tram in. I ran in with
seven cars and went back for the balance of the
tram, but ran out of links and pins, so I made
a second trip with five cars. When ap
proaching the east switch I found
one of the former cars brought
in had been cut off and shoved off the main line
switch breaking the same and blocking the mam
line. This woik is getting Benous and must be
Btopped. Pruner's brakeman refused to go out
of the eugme cab, as stones were thrown at him
while he was putting on the brakes on cars that
were cut. Several stones were thrown at my
self when turning tnebsvitcheB to let the engine
in and out. A section man reported that while
repairing the east switch men came along and
broke his lamp. I will not give the men time
checks until we are sure of protection. A con
ductor claimr that seveial shots weie fued at
him.
Up'on receipt ol the above message Gen
eral* Superintendent Whyte waited upon
the lieutenant governor and laid the
facts before him, asking tbat a sufficient
force ot militia be sent to the scene of
the disturbance to prevent any further acts
ot violence and to protect the employes and
property ot the company. It would seem
that, the foice of special policemen sworn
in by the company is not adequate to en
sure the maintenance ot law and order, and
that a disciplined iorce is necessary. While
officials of the company see no special rea
son for alarm, they are acting on the princi
ple that an ounce ot prevention ib better
than a pound oi cure.
Geneial Superintendent Whyte also
called upon Col. Yilher, deputy adjutant
general ot this district, but the deputy ad
lutant general explained to him that Rat
Portage is outside of his district, and con
sequently he could take no action until he
received instructions to move from the
militia department at Gttawa. Should such
orders be received Col. Villiers has every
thing prepared so send a iorce to Rat Port
age or any ot'ier point. Mr. Whyte says
all staps will be taken to procure the
DEsIEED PROTECTION
to the company's property. A contingent
of the Northwest mounted police has ar
rived at Biandon irom the territorial bar
racks at Retina, and are quartered in the
vicinity ot the Canadian Pacific railroad
propei ly. The police were brought east at
the request ot the company for the protec
tion oi its property. The overt acts that
have been already committed by strikers,
in addition to threats that have been heard,
has no doubt influenced the company to
take the precaution indicated.
Chif Conductor ClarK was interviewed by
a reporter to-day legarduig the extetis-'ou
of the strike. He said the causes which
had led to the men on the Pacific division
going out were that they were in sympathy
with the men of tnis division and desired
to aid them in the struggle and added to
the fact that the company had begun the
same interrogation as to loyalty, etc., that
it had done here and had dismissed a num
ber of them for exactly similar reasons.
A dispatch from Vancouver, the head
quarters of Pacific division, says all train
men, yardmen and switchmen went out at
midnight Sunday. The same is reported
from the mountain division. New men
were put on switches and in yards to-day.
The Whatcom express went out on time
and arrangements were made ior sending
out of- the Atlantic express. No disturb
ance ot any kind has occurred there as yet.
The engineers and firemen are at tneir
posts. An evening paper says:
There is reason to believe that correspondence
has been in progress for some days between ex
ecutives of the order of railroad conductors,
the Brotherhood of Trainmen and Brotherhood
oi Locomotive Fuemeu, but its entire nature
is only known to the leaders, though the general
strikers have been given to understand that
they may expect assistance of the firemen. It
is aibo known that a delegation oi Winnipeg
trainmen visfted the headquarters of the Brcthei
hood of Locomotive Firemen at Terre Haute,
Ind., last week, and that their mission was en
tirely satisfactory.
A GENERAL STRIKE.
The strike is a lair way to become gen
eral from Quebec io Vancouver. It is re
garded in Montreal as the inital move on
the part ol the various associations oi rail
way conducton-, brakemen, baggagemen
and possibly fiienien throughout America
toward a concerted plan to compel all rail
ways to abolish the system ot wages by
gradual scale. It is tiie general beliei
among railway officials that these organi
zations have announced a demand of in
crease ot pay iTom all roads, and in the
event ot failure to cause a general strike
previous to the world's fair next year.
Information from Ottawa is to the effect
that all employes oi the Eastern, Pacific
and Atlantic divisions will probably go
out on a strike it the strikers on the West
ern division Jail in securing their demands
The trains on the Manitoba & Northwest
ern railway obtain an entrance to Winni
peg by running over the Canadian Pacific
line from Portage la Prairie. Thursday the
Manitoba & Northwestern conductor who
brought in that train received notification
from the Brotherhood of Conductors that
he must not make the run again. It is
understood that the conductors ot that line
will comply with the order, in which event
the company will have to^et outside men
to bring their trains into til city. This is
the first extension ot the strike from the
Western division.
Trieil for Manslaughter.
ASHLAXD, Wis., Special Telegram, March
22.An important case was tried in the
municipal court to-day. John Jacobson
set a trap to catch deer, and an unknown
lumberman going through the woods ran
into it and was killed. Jacobson is now
being tried for manslaughter. The case is
ot particular interest to sportsmen, who
look with dis avor on trap-setting. The
suit also involves the important test of the
new state game laws. Two other cases of
the same nature are also likely to be broughe
up at the present term by the state ca"
warden.
i
HER HEALTH GONE.
Countess Zborrowski Forced to Take to
Her Bed Jn Chicago.
CHICAGO, March 22.The divorced wife
of Baron de Steur, minister to France from
the Netherlands, arrived to-day with her
husband, Count Zborrowski. So completely
is she broken down in health as a result of
the suspense in which the trial has held
her that it was with difficulty that she
reached her room from the carriage which
brought her irom the station. Her depart
ure irom Sioux Falls was in
tended to take place the day
'Ol'owmg the announcement ot Judge
Aiken's decision in the famous case
given two weeks ago, but she was too ill to
undertake the trip. She was at once placed
in bed at the Palmer and a physician hast
ily summoned. It is not thought that her
illness is serious, but it will at least be
niany days before she can leave Chicago,
lhe count was so alarmed at his wile's ill
ness that he would not leave her bedside
even in answer to inquiries regarding the
baron's alleged intentions to have the de
cree set aside and the statements that the
decree is not worth, in Europe, the paper
on which it is written, because upon her
first marriage she became a Dutch citizen,
and the Dutch courts alone could dissolve
the bond.
CUTTING RATES.
East-Bound Freight Tariffs Being Shaded
by Some Liines.
CUIC\GO, March 22Rumors of cut rates
on east-bound freight were flying thick to
day. This was esDecially lhe case after the
statement of east-bound shipments for last
week was given out, showing that some of
the strong lines fell behind their weaker
competitors in the amount of busi
ness handled. The Wabash, for example,
carried nearly 4,000 tons more freight than
the Lake Snore, while the Chicago & Erie
did not fall 1,000 tons behind the Wabash.
There are a number of railroad officials
who do not hesitate to pronounce this al
most conclusive evidence that rates are be
ing cut, and lines that are supposed to be
esDeciallv guilty in this respect are the
Wabash, the Nickel Plate, the Hoosac Tun
nel joute and the Lehigh Valley. One
shipper made the statement to-day that
there is a cut ot not less than 12 cents per
100 pounds on grain from the Mississippi
river to the Atlantic seaboard, but railway
men generally think this must be an ex
aggeration. It is said that the flour rate is
also oeing shaded.
'I HEY WEIUS IXsAXE.
So the Defendants in the Siebolt Lynch
ing Case Are Declared.
DARLINGTON, Wis., March 22.The jury
in the Siebolt lynching case returned a ver
dict to-night, finding at the time of
the lynching all of the defendants
were insane and therefore not guilty as
charged, and that Alonzo Taylor, John E.
Meighan and Kezekiah Andrews have not
recovered. They will probably be sent to
the Mendota hospital to-inorrow. The
others were discharged.
He Hid His Face.
MANKATO, Minn., Special Telegram,
March 22 Examination in the killing of
Chris Thorstad at Butternut Valley began
here to-day be ore Judge Porter and hun
dreds of people. Until Thomas Rowland
took the stand the evidence was the same
as in Anderson's examination several
weeks ago. Rowland created a sensation
by staling that on the night of Thorstad's
death tbe witness saw Wilson make a
movement with his foot toward Thorstad
and that Wilson's foot touched Thorstad.
It was a strong, quick movement, Thor
stad immediately iell to the floor and never
spoke again. When this evidence was given
Wilson hung his head and covered his lace
with his hands. The examination was con
tinued until to-morrow.
After the Saloons.
MUSCATINE, Iowa, March 22.John Ma
han, editor of the Muscatine Journal, asso
ciated with six other citizens, begun suits
by injunction to-day against twenty saloons
in this city. It is supposed tins method has
been taken to huve its effect upon theGatcn
bill, which conies up in the house to-mor
row. The saloons here have been paying a
$300 tax and closing at 11 p. m. and ou Sun
days. License men jay that the only result
ot the suits will be to deprive the city of
$12,000 revenue and inaugurate the reign of
free whiskv.
Telegraph Company Beaten.
Sioux FALLS, S. D., Special Telegram,
March 22.A suit which may have far
reaching results in this section was decided
to-day by Judge Parliamen, oi the county
court. Attorney Joe Kirby sued the West
ern Union Telpgraph company ior $50 dam
ages for refusal to send a message written
upon common paper and left for transmis
sion at E^an, S. D. There were three
counts. On each $50 was allowed.
Tronb cuome Indians Held.
CHICAGO, March 22.Short Bull, Kicking
Bear and the rest of the Indians who have
been to Europe with Buffalo Bill, reached
here yesterday in charge of a squad of
United States" soldiers. They were taken
at once to Fort Sheridan, where the two
named will be kept for some time, as it is
feared they would again start the ghost
dances weie they allowed to return to
their reservations.
Indian Agency Frauds.
CHAMBERLAIN, S. D., Special 'lelegram,
March 22.For the past two weeks Indian
Inspector Cissney has been investigating
charges ot irregularities and fraud against
the Indian agent at Crow Creek agency and
his son, who is issue clerk. The charges
are important and it substantiated will cei
tainly lesult in several vacancies at least.
mt
Clothiers Assign.
BRAIXERD, Minn., Special Telegram,
March 22.George N. Day, a leading cloth
ing dealer, made an assignment to-uey for
the benefit of his creditors to H. J. Spencer,
cashier ot the First National bank. Thb
heaviest creditor is Whitten, Burdetle $
Young, Boston. The liabilities have IIOL
yet been made public.
Died of Orlnkiuc in Maine.
BANGOR, Me., March 22.G. E. Norton,
aged about lorty-iive, in the real estate and
banking business at Salem, S. D., died sud
denly to-day at the Windsor hotel from ex
cessive drinking.
A Catholic Church Destroyed.
GLENCOE, Minn., Special Telegram,
March 22.The St. George Catholic church
burned this evening. Loss, $20,000 in
surance, $10,000.
An Unlucky Number.
HELENA, Mont., Special Telegram, March
22.The Great Falls& Canada is the defend
ant in thirteen suits brought in the United
States court here to-day. The company
is charged with importing thirteen laborers
under contract from Lethbridge, Can., to
work on the line of the road. Judgment
against the company of $1,000 on each suit
is aked.
By an explosion in the Laclede fire brick
works in St. Louis yesterday, Joseph Beckley,
Johu Dubuchy, Reinold Deidecke and Larry
Hu*8y were killed, Frank Seeer and George In
man fatally Injured end two others badly hurt.
BOYS IN THE CIVIL WAR.
CAPTAIN O FIFTEEN AN COL-
ONEL O SEVENTEEN.
The Best Officer In the RegimentHis
Heart Wa In His Work and He
Didn't Care for Furlouglu
American Boys.
"I noticed in a Washington Star'
where mention was made of young
congressmen, a statement to the effect
that Gen. Logan could hardly have
been an officer in the Mexican war be
fore he was 15 years of age." The
speaker was a medical man of this city
who was a surgeon during the war.
"My own experience," he continued,
'would prove that a great many com
batants of rank were mere boys."
"Early in May, 1864, I then being
an assistant surgeon in the Confeder
ate service, I was stationed at How
ard's Grove hospital, 'near Richmond.
Shortly after I went there it became
an Alabama hospital, and it was then
that I came across one of the many
notable cases to which I can refer.
While on my rounds one morning I
noticed among the new cases a
scrawny, sallow, thin-cheeked fellow.
He was an insignificant-looking young
ster, and I was not much surprised
when, in response to a questionI
was making up the hospital record
he said ho was 15 years of age. Wh$n
I asked him what his command was
he said, 'The 15th Alabama.' and
then gave his rank as Captain. He
was such a poor, puny little fellow
that I thought Alabama regiments
must be badly off for officers. I don't
know but I was somewhat prejudiced
against him because of his unprepos
sessing- youth, although he had com
menced to fight when but 11 years
old. He was a decidedly sick boy
not woundedyet I had a very poor
opinion of him. Suddenly he spoke
up and said: 'Doctor, I want you to
get me out of here as quick as you
can.'
'We always do that I replied.
'"Yes said he, 'but soldiers don't
always want to get out of hospital. I
went out at the first call and this is
the first time I have been separated
from my command.'
"In a day or two he began to mend
more rapidly than I expected him
toand on the fourth day he com
menced to bother mo by insisting that
he was fit for duty. He said he felt
fully able to get up and he pleaded
hard with me to report him for duty,
I told him that if I reported him he
would at once be sent back, while I
would be censured. By that time I
had changed my opinion of him, but I
had to speak somewhat roughly to
him for two days to prevent him tor
menting me. On the seventh day he
again commenced to plead, and I at
last told him that if he improved as
rapidly in the next twenty-four hours
as he had previously I would report
him. He held me to my promise and
was reported as fit for duty. While
he was in line with others who were
about to be discharged the hospital
mail came, and in it was a big letter
addressed to him. He opened it and in
a moment cried" out: 'Take this back
I don't want it.' It was a thirty days'
furlough which his fatheran influen
tial manhad procured for him from
Judge Campbell, assistant secretary
of Avar. Furloughs were very desira
ble things just then, but that boy cap
tain positively refused his and re
turned at once to his command. Some
time afterward I told Col. W. C. Oates
of the youngster. The colonel, who
is now in congress, commanded the
15th Alabama, and when I mentioned
the little fellow's name he said:
Why, he is one of the best officers I
have. He has been with the regi
ment in twenty-five pitched battfes
and eighty skirmishes, and stands
right up to fire. He has his men un
der better control in field and camp
than any of the other captains doesn't
display his authority as so many of
the less effective do, and is altogether
a most desirable officer.'
"Oh, I could tell you about *ots of
boys who proved themselves worthy
the name of men," -continued the
surgeon. "There was Col. Lowry,
who commanded a Mississippi regi
ment. He came into the hospital
with a saber cut across his- face. He
was 17 years of age and didn't look a
day older. Then there was a Cap
tain of artillery whose right leg was
amputated at the thigh. He was
from Florida and was but 14 years old.
Two South Carolina boys were
brought ia the same day. One was
13 years old and had lost his right
leg at the hip the other was 15, and
his left leg had been amputated at
the knee. Tbe younger onea fine,
rosy-faced childsuccumbed to the
weakness which followed the opera
tion. Everybody around the place
was so sorry for him.
"I wasn't an old man when I started
out from the little village of Mill
wood, Mo. to be a soldier. I was a
private in the First regiment. Third
division, Missouri State Guardthen
a part of Price's army. The first hu
man being I saw killed was a boy of
14. Ouv regiment was at the battle
of Wilson's Creek, and some one in our
ranks fired the shot that killed Gen.
Lyon. A 18-year-old boy in company
claimed to have fired that shot, and
while he may not have found it possi
ble to prove his assertion, no attempt
was ever made to controvert it We
went into that battle with 286 men
and after eleven hours of hard fight
ing came out with 105. The boys were
conspicuous there. Captain Halleck
commanded one of our companies.
He had been a land office official un
der Buchanan and was well known.
In his company were his iwo
sonsAlonzo, aged 19. and William,
aged 14. Father and son were bound
by the most affectionate tics tneir
tenderness toward each other was
touching and beautiful. After we had
been fighting foi about three hours
Capt. Helleck was shot through the
brain right in sight of the boys. We
were moving forward then and had
only gone something like a quarter of
a mile when Alonzo was shot through
tbe heart Willie ran to him and held
him in his arms for the brief period
before death came. If I lived a thou
sand years I could never forget that
little scene, how the survivor cried
for a while as though the light had
gone out of his life, and how he
picked up his musket took his place
in line and fought until the battle
ended.
'Don't forget that the boys played
a big part in the war.
MISFORTUNE'S BENEFITS.
Talleyrand's and Other Men's Fame Duo
to Accidents in Early Life.
Talleyrand was the greatest diplo
mate of his day. His father was a
military officer, and the boy would no
doubt have been educated to the same
profession but for an accident that be
fell him in childhood, asserts the
Youth's Companion.
After the fashion of the time, he
was intrusted to the care of a woman
some miles away from home. While
in her charge his foot was dislocated
by a fall. It was not properly cared
for, and his parents did not become
aware of the fact until it was too late
to correct the error.
The abnormal strain brought upon
the other foot soon induced a lameness
in that also, and the boy thus became
a cripple for life. This seeming mis
fortune determined a change in the
plans of his parents for him, and as a
result the name of Talleyrand has be
come one of the most familiar among
the great ones of modern history.
The history of a certain American
family furnishes several similar ex
amples of the beneficent results of dis
abling accidents.
The young son of a farmer in a
small town in Massachusetts had his
hand crushed in his father's cider
mill, and being thus unfitted to gain
his livelihood by farming, was sent in
due time to the academy to commence
a preparation for a professional life.
He died a member cf the United
States senate.
A boy who belonged to another
branch of the same family, in the
vicinity of Boston, cut his knee badly
and was long confined to the house.
His kind pastor supplied him with
books, and perceiving that he had a
natural aptitude for study, taught him
Latin, and finally induced his parents
to send him to college.
The young man graduated at Har
vard and became a minister of the
Gospel. One of his sons was a gen
eral of the army of 1812 another
served his country in congress.
The son who entered politics had
six sons who were college educated
men, all prominent in their profession,
one a judge of the superior court of
New Hampshire, and another a pro
fessor for forty years in a New Hamp
shire college and prominent as an au
thor.
All this life of education and use
fulness, extending through three gen
erations, may be said to have started
in a little boy's cutting his leg.
TOYS O PRINCES SOLD.
They Bring High Prices at Auction, Es
pecially Napoleon'* Wooden Horse.
Old toys so very seldom survive the
rough work their youthful possessors
give them that if any do weather the
storm they become extremely valua
ble. A collection of old playthings,
many of which belonged to royal chil
dren, was recently sold at the Hotel
Drouot
Some of them brought high prices.
For instance, a little doll, rather less
than a foot long, but clad in a pano
ply of steel and armed cap-a-pie, per
fectly modeled, and made at the
period when Louis XIII. sat on the
throne of France, sold for 615 francs.
Even this price was exceeded by
that paid for a tiny set of carriages
carved in wood and accompanied oy
an escort of little wooden soldiers,
made when Napoleon I. was first con
sul, which brought 1,000 francs. A
miniature kitchen was interesting as
being an exact model of those in use
in the time of Louis XVI. A little
jointed doll, sixteen inches in length,
and dressed in a broche silk Watteau
costume brought 110 francs, while
the kitchen was only valued at 340
francs. A doll, still dressed in the
original faded brocade silk, which
had belonged to Marie Antoinette as a
child, was sold for 1,100 francs. A
roughly made wooden horse, with a
broken nose and one leg missing, au
thenticated as having belonged to th
great Napoleon when he was a baby,
went for 2,000 francs.
Lost Her.
He had asked her to marry him,
and was waiting impatiently for her
answer.
"Will you expect me to keep
house?" she finally asked.
"No, indeed, my love the servants
will attend to all that."
"You won't ask me to make the
bread, or broil beefsteaks?"
"Certainly not, my angel we will
have a cook."
"And I will not be compelled to
pound the washboard?"
How can you ask such a question?
No, no, no."
"Then I cannot marry you. I have
been brought up to do all those things,
and I could not be happy in a life of
idleness."
When he realized what a treasure
he had lost he went sadly to his lux
urious home, and vowed to remain a
bachelor forever. Detroit Free Press.
Art Note.
What's that pencil for?" inquired
Mrs. Sharpe of her daughter.
For penciling eyebrows," re
sponded the damsel.
Well, what do you want to use
one for?"
'To draw."
Draw what?"
"Draw a beau."Texas Sittings.
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