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rT fi ýº i ·-61 iCK a.P y. ý -c--- ý_ 1 ' jg , - - i B.y Col. W. F. Jandirdr.. E AlILY In Juni, 1487. 1 l ft my h11n, at \'irginia ('lty fur Fort i'lnton t(i 1 r mt miiy filoily (hen E on their .,ay fromn tile, 1,is/t to Montana i1:i the Mislorl River on the st-eanle'r Abn ai. itemnfllining olre llen day4s at Fort lienton in 'ailly expetctat lion of their' arrival''; I n(cvepted the Iin vitation of the I ';lptailn of a Plittsburg Iowut, theI "Yorktown," to go ilowin the river and meet tlhem. Monmentarily ex p'ctirlLg to s(e tlhe boat I sat on the deck for tw o, lays whenV.i at Spread Eagle astr, nearll Fort I'lnlitn, I iwas. trlansferred to the iiiturillog st .' nino'r whic'h was nearly three weet'il. th'reafter reaching Fort A little btolow the mouth of the M'tritsB imlpatitt nt it the Slow progr.ss of 'o1t1" it; elt .'er, ii the 'Icompanl; y of Walt.t. ' ''rutilnbll I stepped tiashore and walking ltout' ol lie tiles 'i'ioisl a biti d bolarded lthe (]ullutin, Cap;tlthi 4 t1 n 1 How1 e, 11 boat wh'Ih he had disi rlll l I' ll In the. disltti'e lthe'i d.oing s'1ri,4 ' on the uipItp ' M. issoutl'i and iwhihh itwas rteputed to be able to n:ivig lt i t a light mI v. Halting ihou'ttided the (allttin w'e pro ','e-dled to the mouth of the Mark'lts where ('alllitnll IIo've dia ,h ra'ged it e'Lrgo of mIIules alIt t 11 t a\ '. lledl ourselves of his offer . I d l l :1a t lthII)nl'lck ride to Fort .Iitelol n. Aboul t 12 or I oi'loctk I dlWi ''rned upon the 1Ible land whence the road 4 .'4,.wtutlled to thie t)tln a nlumber Fl'hntl's Mit-agllt,' and his military statff. 1le adlvidied u hei \\wa;is on hsl way to I'amp Cook( t after ;I h ndret'd ait thirty rmuskets hlti'ih the genr't'al governmenti t hadl proffered to the terriltorlal authori tlb- ftlr use in iltl . Indilui Warl In \\hi'h we were thln enllr;1g,'d. The daly vwas IIn tensely hot lanld liIh gie'lt'll anld h1IH staff bhad nmade i swift anlld dutly ride froilm Sulln ri',r, hr1 Messrs. Ci(uroll and LStull had i llllp, ul were fOlllllllunding that flourisl'hing town. 1 1 lld 11ea' wh'lci 1l;ImJor c'llinton \\4 I nlltim'killg out the site of Fort S"haw, so, In:stu 'l inU honor of Call. jtolert Sha;.\\ of Il. I lfty-foui. th Ma.ss:a (,huselta egl'(inwnrt, whoi at Forlt \VaglleI' had been "buhidl \\with his niggers." Visited About Town. I do not reclall all the member's of the gelelraals stiff nor their nlumber', but onei of thelm was c(apinl;in William ltoy ce, afterward a resldent of lHuttle. T'he tafter n0oon w\\'a. delightfully sClellt In swoclal yisits through the business lportions of the town and 4(l'tenerl;l Meagher seemed at his best In a co lliersatitlona.l way, but the resolutely anld unde'ilatingly declined that foirm of hospllt;lilty with which Fort It IL1ton then aboul letd. As he \was1 my near lneighbor at Vir glnia cilty l1ad atl most genial and inter esting compalnlon I spent most of the aft:ernoon with him, introducing him to Ho many of thll citizlen and sojourners in th(lt unique and hrifty seapor4t as h"e had not theretofore knllown. The Fort In that early time was only 20 years old and although past its prlime it w:as In very good form. Major T. t11. Elasttnan had it in c(harge for the fur company then cutrlying on the trade, then about equally divided between the Indians and whites on this frontier. Major Eastman was ia most intelligent gentleman and his abounding hospital Ity well maintained the repute of the remote trad'lng posts of the West. His dinners were veritable feasts of Lucalllls and scarce a day passed that a choice lot of merry guests did not surround his hospitable board. During the afternoon he Invited General Meagher to dine with him ut 6 o'clock, which invitation the general accepted. Six Qr<vvD stlnamboata £roln St. Louis or beyond were tied to the river banks and among them was a somewhat cheap a4d rude old craft named the G. A. t papont It w.a a freight boat but b$ cabins for perhacps a dozen persons. 2b) pilot or mate of the boat was an *f lit NJyililkM·l,12 / . r!!, ff.,6rm-r *dot OMAS I~~ AF4CI5 .b, . ..? ? . r pB llhsh-Armrlan 'by the name of Dolan, I DN. H oWIr. think, and when during the afternoon I . e rish-Amerlean by the name of Dolan, I hink, and when during the afternoon I tad introduced him to the general he loubtingly interrogated me as to whether thii was the famous Thomas Francls Meagher, renowned in the Irish rebellion if 1848,, and upon my assurance that it was, he could not conceal his delight at meeting so distinguished a person who 'vidently wos his idol, and he showed he general much deference and attention lind wasted on him no inco,msiddrauble blarney. Ascertainhlg the general's errand he invited him to bPecLlne his guest on his voyage the next morning down the river as far as Camp Cooke. A Sudden Mental Disturbance. Sleneral Meagher rtur'ned from the fort about dusk, In company with some other gentlemen whose na tmes I do not now recall. I was seated In f'ont of the store of I. C. Baker & Co. when my attlention was arre'sted by abnornmally loud conversation, and as the paIrtly came nearer I saw that It came from (leneral Meagher. As the party came to the pMace where I was, and I had listened a moment, it was apparent that he was deranged. He was loudly demanding a revolver to defend himself egainet the citizens of Fort Benton, who, in his disturbed mental condition, he declared were ,hos tile to him, and several who then joined us sought to allay his fears and by all the means In our power to restore to sanity his disturbed mental condition, His nautical friend, whose host he was to be the ensuing morning, suggested that he go to his stateroom on the boat, and thither 'three or four of us accom paniJe 'him. HIe 'was still insistent that the people of Fort Benton were hostile. " ,% n*C V4.Aunfl WAD DIOWNED.' ' Gr S hd no more loyal rends thanh ti he wN 1- `ýý had no mor~e loyal friends than those in 0ss FIRST -- Ill ·i-·lr"55~r ~ L·OISLATSITIE ý'"ý"",..ýe""ý ALL INJ MONTANJA. to him and was Impoitunate for a re volver. He was induced to retire to his berth, shlch was on the starboard side of the boat next the bank, and in the hope that he would sleep we all went:onr shore, seeking to allay hs anxiety by the promise of getting him a revolver. . As he had removed his outer garments and lain down In his berth, we did not apprehend there would be further trou ble, thinking the temporary aberration the result of the hot and exihausting ride of the morning, which sleep would speedily correct. It was a great shock to his friends, but we were confident of his immediate recovery. I do not stop here to speculate on the c'RaI`,e of his halluclnation that the peo ple of Fort Benton were hostile to him, but I have always thought that a con.. tentlon between the Blackfoot Ildian agunt, George Wright, and the general as Mul,el intendenit of Indian affairs, wilcrebm the general directed the release of all the intoxicating liquors in the cotuntry which the agent had assumed to selze, w'as in his mind. This contro v\'rsy had assumed an epistolary form in the newspapers, as General Meagher's controversies were exceedingly wont to do. I only attribute it to this for lack of other causes, but General Meagher had no more loyal friends than those in Fort Benton wlho rollcitously surrounded him there in his last hours. Dropped Into the River. I cannot say that any one remained in the stateroom with him, for nothing was farther from our thoughts than the denouement then impending. After a brief consultation on the lower deck, I went to the office of the Indian agent, opposite the t-. A. T, hompson and per haps fifty yards distant, where I wrote a letter for the outgoing mail to Helena, which left at 11 o'clock, Perhaps I had been in hthe ofilce 30 mInautes when 1 heard Capt. James Gorman, the stage agent of C'. C.. Huntley, excitedly ex claim: "General Meagher is drowned!" I dlloppled my pen and hastened out the door and rushed across the gang plank and across the lower deck of thd steam boat. There was a colored man, one of the men connected with the boat-the barcbr.r, .1 believe-rwho, replying to my interrogation, said a man had let himself down from the upper to the lower deck 'and jumped into the river and gone down stream. 1 im mediately returned to land and ran down the river bank, repeating the alarm until I reached one of the lower s~eamers,.the (Guidon, I believe, where I'went across the boat to the river side to witt4ch for the general. Boats were instantly lowered and manned, and many anxious eyes were peering in the datrkneR at the 'swift rolling waters of the great river, that never seemed so wicked as then. It gave back no wished-for sight nor sound. The search was kept up all night, and for two or three days thereafter. Loaves of bread were cast on the turbid waters in obedience to a belief that they would cause a drowned body to rise to the surface of the stream. A cartmon was brought into requisitiop for the dime purpose, but the mighty river defied all our solicitudes and kept its tieasure well. I turned from the steamer as I saw the boats go down the river in the darkness to fulfill the sad duty, of advi.ing Mrs. Meagher of the overwhelming calamity which hall befallen her and us all. She lived on the same street near me in Vir ginia City, and it seemed to me to be my duty to tell her the sad story. I in closed my letter to Dr. James Gibson, the postmaster at Virginia City, an accomz plished gentleman and a fast friend of Mrs. Meagher, confiding to his discre tion the manner in which he should break to her the melancholy news. Mrs. Meagher Told the News. As there was no telegraph, the news of the event went by mail that night. No person, so far as I know, save the colored man, saw General Meagher go into the river, and he related to me the circum stances as I have told. The next day some members of the general's staff said to me that we must report that he fell from the boat accidentally and must not mention the mental aberration nor at tribute it to that. I said to them I had written to Mrs. Meagher the exact facts as they had been related to me, and could see no imputation upon the general nor cause of humiliation to his friends if his eager devotion to his duties'in hand had brought upon him so great an affliction. Some of them seemed to think other wise, and in the proclamation by Gove ernor Green Clay Smith announcing his death it was, I believe, alleged to have been caused "by accident." I can well appreciate the affection which General Meagher inspired among his race and his countrymen. His form was manly, his manners cordial, his de meanor gracious, his conversation in structive, his wit kindly, his impulses generous, and I agree with Horace Greely, who once said to me that General Meagher was one of the finest conversa. tionalists and extemporaneous speakers he had ever known. It is to be regretted that. so much IS said and written of General -Meagher and the manner of his death that is not so. Those who were with him on that last day of his life will join me I know in de nying that his death could be attributed to any convivial habit. I was with him most of the afternoon, and he was as resolutely abstemious as the most de vout anchorite, and it Is cruelly unjust to repe'at such an accusation. The river was searched for his re mains down to the mouth of the Marlas, but the search was in vain. Somewhere In the stream his manly form sleeps in as serene repose as it would in clasrit Arlington, but the jealous watersbguard their secret well, and the rushing waves from unfound springs seem destinedl forever to be his 'monument and his grave. His Hair. (Boston Transcript.) Teacher--Who was the "Sweet Sintger in Israel?" Pupil--Samson. Teacher-Samson! I'm surprised! Pupil--Well, it he wasn't what 'did he have such a head of hair for? Chavoroal' ; ph's Daily Thotight' (Baltimore News.) "Dey's a lot bbh feahs Iri de worl'," said Charcoal E'lh, "dat got a notion kase Rome i:arn't built in er dna' dey, gotter take or webk t' sweep do snow off'n'do sidewalk."