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Gen. Joe Wheeler's Record in
INCIDENTS OF INTEREST
His Part in the Spanish-American
War in Cuba.
DIXIE RANGERS IN HOT PLACE
Their Captain Ordered to Form an
Awkward Squad for Drill
The death of Gen. Joseph Wheeler, the
noted confederate cavalry leader, has re
called several Interesting Incidents of his
long and eventful career. Owing to his in
trepidity as a dashing trooper in the civil
war he was soon given the sobriquet
"Fighting Joe Wheeler." He was a typical
leader of horsemen and was absolutely
fearless, possessing the dash of the cava
liers of the olden time in combination with
the well-known initiative and what a
southern soldier described as the "forth
wlthness" of tlie American soldier of to
An army offieer who served with Gen.
Wheeler In the Santiago campaign, and wiio
was in close touch with the doughty little
southern fighter there, said to a Star re
porter last night that the published state
ment that Gen. Wheeler recommended at
any time the withdrawal of the American
forces from in front of Santiago was a
"Such a recommendation was furthermost
from h's mind," added the officer. "As a
matter of fact. Gen. Wheeler said to me
that as we had just driven the Spaniards
from a very strong position they would ex
pect another attack from our forces, and
that, therefore, there was no danger of
them attacking our lines. He was in favor
of another advance by the Americans in
stead of recommending a retrograde move
ment, as was stated.
"I knew Gen. Wheeler had been defeated
at times in the civil war, and that he was
speaking as a general who had experienced
the same or similar conditions to those the
Spaniards were experiencing after our
troops had driven them back from their en
trenchments. To say that I was surprised
to read a statement that Gen. Wheejer ad
vised withdrawing from the enemy's front
at Santiago but faintly expresses my feel
ings when I know he was for advancing al
While Gen. Wheeler's cavalry was on a
raiding expedition in the southwest in the
'ISO's his forces were joined by a motley
array of about sixty mounted men from
Arkansas, who had given themselves the
name of the "Dixie Rangers." They were
armed with all manner of firearms, from
the old-time flintlock muskets of the revo
lutionary period to shotguns, squirrel rifles
and guns of more modern make. They were
teetotally without military training, but as
it was at a strenuous period of the civ'l
war there was no time to be wasted in giv
inir the rangers lessons in cavalry tactics.
They were therefore absorbed by one of
Gen. Wheeler's regiments and went along
with the raiding party.
Attacked by Infantry.
At a certain xilace where Wheeler's cav
alry was attacked by an infantry force
backed by a battery of artillery it became
necessary to make a rather quick retro
grade movement, and a part of the cavalry
went back in some confusion. Gen. Wheel
er suddenly came upon a bunch of the
"I>ixle Rangers" at an old fence. Their
captain was vainly trying to find some
military command to give his men to ex
tricate them from the difficulty they were
experiencing in getting to the rear. He did
not notice Gen. Wheeler as he rode up,
owing to the excitement incident to getting
Ills men through the fence and away from
the Yankee bullets that were "zipping" un
comfortably close to them.
"Hyar, ye infernal galoots," was the cap
tain's most unmilitary command, "unbuc
kle a part of that thar fence yonder and
go through one by one or the Yanks will
let daylight through every mother's son ot
ye. After ye are through, doggone yer
picters, line up four by four or three by
three and make yer critters go like llght
ning fer thet piece of woods over yonder,
whar ye will uU stop until further orders.''
Gen Wheeler could not reress his laugh
ter. and the rangers got through the fence
and to the piece of woods. Hut the follow
ing day lie sent for the captain of the com
pany of "critter men" and said to the cap
"After we get into camp, captain, you
will constitute your troop an awkward
squad and 1 will detail a competent ottlcer
to give you and your men Instructions m
the cavalry drill, otherwise some of these
tine days you and your rangers will get
into a fight with the Yankees and you wilt
be all wiped out in a jiffy."
Tpok His Big Pa Prisoner.
A former employe of the Capitol told a
Star reporter an anecdote of the noted con
federate general which occurred while he
was a member of Congress. A tall and
stalwart man, accompanied by his wife ana
son?a boy of about ten years of age?were
passing through one of the corridors on
the House side of the Capitol. The husband
and father was a veritable giant. Soon
the small and spare form of Gen. Wheeler
appeared as the Alabama statesman came
out of one of the nearby committee rooms.
"See that little man there?" said the big
man, who wore a G. A. K. button on the
lapel of his eoaj. "Well, that Is 'Kightlng
Joe' Wheeler, formerly of the confederate
army. His men captured me when 1 was
soldiering in Missouri."
The boy had not heard what his father
said to his mother, so she bent forward anj
whispered to the lad:
"That man over there Is Gen. Wheeler,
and he took your papa prisoner during the
The boy. after surveying the slight but
wiry form of the former confederate leader
fo~ a few moments, turned to trts mother
and blurted out in a tone loud enough to
bt heard throughout the corridor:
"Aw what is you teliin' me. *That little
nan didn't take my great big pa prisoner."
Visits Advance Pickets.
It is related that on one occasion, when
Wheeler's cavalry were lying on their arms
m front of R^pecrans" army, ready to re
sume the fighting at the break of day. Gen.
Wheeler visited his advance pickets late at
night to see if conditions were all right for
the resumption of hostilities. Finally he
came across a picket who had built a fire
behind a bush without r? gard to the danger
of drawing the tire of the Union pickets.
But, worst of all. the man had taken his
rifle to pieces and was busily engaged In
cleaning the several parts. This trooper
was a Tennessee mountaineer and was
noted as a dead shot?one of the surest
marksmen in Wheeler's cavalry?but he
was woefully ignorant of the articles ot
war, against which he had committed two
grievous offenses, by taking his gun apart
and building a fire on the advanced picket
The general's first impulse was to have
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the man placed under arrest, but after
questioning hiin and learning the reasons
for his unusual conduct, he decided upon
"Put that gu:i together at once." he Slid
sternly, "kick cut that fire and tell me why
you have comrr.itted these breaches of mili
tary hw and discipline."
"Wall, it's th ? way, gineral." replied the
brawny man o' the mountains, "this here
confounded shcotin' iron of mine has bin
iloin' some poor shootin* of late an' 1
thought I'd tak" her apart and fix her up
a little. Ye know thet file we wuz in today?
Wall. I shot three Yanks an' when they fell
back I went up an' examined 'em an' found
that nary one of my shots hed hit whar 1
hed aimed 'em fer. 1 nim'-d 'em fer the
head, every one of them, an' all three wuz
hit in the body. Now. Gineral Wheeler,
thet wuz mighty poor shootin fer the likes
of me. So. says I. thet old rifle has begun
ter shoot crooked, an' I jes' nachelly took
her apart to fix her."
Transferred to Another Post.
After Gen. Wheeler had ceased laughing
at the quaint explanation of the Tennes
seean, he said he could not find it in his
heart to punish him. So he had him trans
ferred to another post, where there were
men who could keep him from again vio
lating the articles of war, which provided
death as the punishment for the violations
the trooper had committed.
Several Incidents are related of Gen.
Wheeler's humane treatment of Union
prisoners who fell fnto his hands during the
war. and especially of the splendid manner
in which he treated several Union officers
whom he had brought to his headquarters
after their capture.
GEN. LEE'S ORDER.
Eulogizies Military Achievements of
of His Friend.
NEW ORLEANS, January 27.?Gen. Ste
phen D. Lee, commander-in-chief of the
t'nited Confederate Veterans, has issued
general orders on the death of Lieut. Gen.
Joseph Wheeler. A*u r enumerating many of
the engagements in which Gen. Wheeler
took part in the civil war, the order says:
"The brilliancy of his movements and has
wonderful aptness to command directed at
tention to his fitness for a position in the
reguiar army of the United States and he
was commissioned a major general of vol
unteers in the war with Spain. His cool
ness in action, his vkill and dash at San
Juan Hill are now a part of history. With
a heart void of hard feeling, kind and gen
tle In his disposition, courteous to all, a con
sistent member of the church, lie has
passed from earth with a good record; and
as a soidier, statesman, orator, author and
citizen he measured up to a high standard
and is mourned not by the south alone but
?by the whole country."
CHARGE AGAINST MEEKS AND
Special Correspondence of The Star.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 27. 1906.
After occupying the attention of Justice
Harry B. Caton in the police court for the
past two days and attracting interest
throughout the city, the hearing of the case
of Harry Meeks and Herbert Foster came
to an end -rather suddenly late this after
noon when the charge against both de
fendants of murdering George R. Curtin
After the evidence had been closed At
torney Brent, for the commonwealth, ad
dressed the court. He reviewed the evi
dence from the time Curtin was seen in
company with Foster buying a Christmas
tree, and traced him to the Tontine Hotel,
where he was with both Foster and Meeks.
Next, he said, he found them at the house
of Mamie Wood. Meeks, he added, left
first, not to go home, however, for he was
later seen in a crowd engaging in an alter
cation with Leroy Beach. The trio were
later seen endeavoring to enter a number
of houses on Lee street, but as the inmates
objected to the presence of Curtin the ac
cused would not leave him. A man wear
ing a light overcoat was seen standing over
Curtin as he was sitting on Eva Baker's
steps at 2 o'clock. The speaker concluded
by saying that he had thus placed Curtin
in the hands of Meeks. Foster and the un
known man wearing the light overcoat, and
that no accounting for the latter had been
made. The court was asked to hold the de
fendants for the action of the grand jury.
Justice Caton replied that after listening
carefully to the evidence furnished by more
than sixty witnesses he did not see any
thing which connected the accused with'the
killing of Curtin, and hence could not con
scientiously hold them on the charge men
A telephone exchange is being installed in
the new Rossiyn Bank building. It will
probably be ready for operation at the end
of this week. The exchange is a part of
the Chesapeake and Potomac system. Con
nections to the larger towns of the sur
rounding country are to be arranged.
The following officers to serve during the
ensuing quarter were elected by Rescue
Lodge. I. O. G. T., at a meeting held last
evening: Chief templar, A. Sullivan: past
chief templar, Ernest Mankin; vice templar,
Miss Etta Lyles; chaplain. T. Eberhardt;
secretary, T. F. Jolmson; financial secre
tary, R. Sullivan: treasurer, Minnie Scrive
ner; guard, L. Smith; sentinel. H. L. Baker;
marshal, T. Glasgow; deputy marshal, Sadie
Sullivan; pianist. Miss Etta Lyles. The
officers will be installed next Friday even
Rev. Leroy Gresham of the Union Theo
logical Seminary at Richmond, Va., wilt
preach at both services at the Presbyterian
Church here tomorrow.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baader. jr., have re
turned from a tour including the northern
Miss Rosa Peake entertained a number of
her friends at a birthday party at her
home at Braddock Heights this afternoon.
PROPOSED RAILWAY MERGER.
Application Filed at Richmond by
Special Dispatch to The Star.
RICHMOND. Va., January 27.?An appli
cation was filed this afternoon with the cor
poration commission for permission to
merge the Virginia and Carolina Coast
Railroad Company. Suffolk and Carolina
Railroad Company and the Carolina Coast
Railroad Company under the head of the
Carolina Coast Railroad Company, with the
principal offices in Norfolk.
This merger Is one of the largest that has
been proposed in this state in many years,
as the capital stock of the merged company
is to be $7,500,001. The prtsident of the
company will be J. T. Odell of New York,
formerly connected with the steel trust and
Immense lumber Interests throughout the
Back of the merger are plans for the
opening up of large iron deposits In North
Carolina, building immense puddling fur
naces and convertors for the manufacture
of steel In or near Korfolk, the terminus
of the lines merged.
Thomas W. Shelton of Norfolk, counsal
for the Baltimore and Ohio and other large
railroad, telegraph and transportation com
panies, filed the application.
FOOLED HER PARENTS.
Williamsport Girl Married the Man
of Her Choice.
Special Dlsptaeh to The Star.
HAGKRSTOWN. Md.. January 27.?De
spite the strenuous objection on the part
of her parents. Miss Mamie McKelvey of
Williamsport and Mr. Robert Swain of
Sharpsburg were married tonight at the
parsonage of the Memorial Lutheran
Church, Sharpsburg, by Rev. A. A. Kerlin.
The bride, who is-only eighteen years old.
went to Sharpsburg, presumably to visit
friends. When her relatives learned today
that a marriage license had been secured
they immediately set about trying to pre
vent the wedding, but to no avail. The
groom Is twenty-five years old and, with his
bride, will reside for the present at Sharps
KENTUCKIAN TO SPEAK
REPRESENTATIVE MILLER TO DE
LIVER ADDRESS OF EVENING.
At Annual Visitation of the Grand
Chapter to Lafayette Chapter
Richard W. Miller of Richmond. Madison
county. Ky.. a member of the house of rep
resentatives of his state and a candidate for
Congress to succeed Representative Gilbert,
will deliver the address of the evening on
the occasion of the annual visitation of the
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the
District of Columbia to Lafayette Chapter.
No. 5, R. A. M? next Tuesday. Peculiar In- .
terest Is evinced In Mr. Miller's visit, as he
is not only an eloquent and forceful speak
er. but is also very prominent in Masonic
circles in his own state.
Mr. Miller is a lawyer and member of the
Kentucky house of representatives from
Madison county, now serving: his second
term in the legislature. He has been twice
nominated and elected -vithout opposition.
Representative Richard W. Miller.
and upon the organization of the house this
month was a prominent candidate for
speaker, lacking only a few votes of being
successful. He is now the ranking member
of the judiciary committee of the house.
For five years he occupied the chair of cor
porations and evidence in jgthe law depart
ment of Central University of Kentucky,
and is now vice president of the State Bar
Mr. Miller is the son of the late Judge W.
C. Miller and a descendant of Capt. John j
Miller, who founded the town of Richmond
at the close of the revolutionary war, and a
nephew of Mr. John White, one time Speak
er of the national House of Representatives.
He was educated at the Central University
of Kentucky and at Yale, and has been
practicing at the Richmond (Ky.) bar since
he was nineteen years of age.
Mr. Miller has always taken an active
part in politics, and is the member of the
democratic stale central committee from
the eighth congressional district. He is
known throughout the state as a capable,
genial gentleman and attractive speaker,
and his friends will ?r>resent him as a can
didate for Congress to succeed Representa
tive G. G. Gilbert.
The visitation at which Mr. Miller will
speak will occur in the music hall of Ma
sonic Temple, 9th and F streets.
Mr. Miller while in Washington is visit
ing Mr. John Speed Smith, also of Ken
tucky, a member of Lafayette Chapter and
of the District of Columbia Grand Lodge.
THOUGHT TO FREE POLAND.
Emigrants Return From America and
Are in Serious Condition.
Special Cablegram to The Stat.
WARSAW, January 27.?The recent trou
bles in Poland have brought to light one
sLrango movement in population. At a
time when throngs of Russians are seeking
refuge in other countries from ;he horrors
of revolution, many Poles are returning
from America with the avowed intention of
helping in the present struggle for Polish
independence. Delegates who have visited
the United Statc-s have apparently suc
ceeded in inspiring their countrymen with a
hope of bringing matters to a successful
is.iue. At any rate nearly every ship brings
back a number of enthusiastic revolution
Some of these Poles are men win have
made money in America, but naturally they
have not brought much money with them.
On the other hand, most of the Poles re
turning have not made any provision for
taking care of themselves. Nearly all are
landing' in Poland penniless, and inasmuch
as the revolution is not going forward, no
matter what may be said of its future pros
pects, those who hoped to profit by reason
of a war are in a bad way. Most of them
are not only penniless, but they have no
prospect of employment.
VIRGINIANS ARE HOSTILE.
Richmond's Mayor and a Lawyer
Tried to Fight.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
RICHMOND, Va? January 27.?Mayor
Carlton McCarthy was today denounced as
a liar and also as acting like a crazy man
when he got mad. The arraignment was
made by Attorney Harry M. Smith ana
grew out of remarks made by the mayor
that the lawyer would resort to dishonor
able methods and manufacture evidence In
order to win cases in which he was counsel.
The trouble grew out of exhibition of
penny-in-t he-slot picture machines, the
mayor intimating that pictures had been
removed before the machines could be ex
amined by the officials. These pictures had
been taken out and carried to the police
court. . ...
When the lawyer said the mayor acted
like a crazy man the mayor replied that it
he was eilled of unsound mind he would sue
the lawyer, asking: "Have you got any
money? I would like to know that before
The lawyer retorted that it was none ot
the mayor's d d business and to go ahead
and sue. adding: "You have been calling
people liars around the city pretty freely,
but you will not call me one."
The men tried to get at each other, but
the police justice intervened .and prevented
THE KAISER'S BIRTHDAY.
Celebrated in Berlin With Usual Ob
BERLIN, January 27.?Emperor WilHam s
1 birthday was celebrated today with the
usual observances. The princely personages
present in Berlin including the kings of
Saxony and Wurttemberg, and the Grand
Dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and
Mecklenburg-Schwerin congratulated his
majesty at 10 o'clock in the morning. Later
religions services were held In the Castle
Chapel, Dr. Driander, the court chaplain,
preaching on tHe seriousness of the times.
After the services, which were attended by
the ambassadors and ministers from fo^"
eign countries, the latter tendered their
congratulations. Ambassador Tower was
'"Among the appointments announced on
the occasion of his majesty's birthday is
the transfer ot the crown prince from the
captaincy of the company in the 1st Guard
regiment of infantry to a squadron of cav
alry in the Garde du Corps. Among the
political appointments Is Dr. Von Holleben,
the former German ambassador to the
United States, to a life seat in the Prussian
house of lords.
Emperor William was born January 27,
1850, and became the German emp?N*
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AEfilVALS AT THE ZOO
NEW CONSIGNMENT OF RARE
BIRDS AND LIZARDS.
Visitors to the Zoo today will be treated
to A view of a consignment of rare birds
and lizards which arrived from far-away
New Zealand yesterday. This collection of
rara avis and serpents is a present to the
Nsiional Zoological Park from the govern
ment of New Zealand in return for some
American animals recently furnished that
country through the efforts of this govern
The collection consists of four kiwis, four
Maori hens, four kea parrots and four
tenatara lizards. The consignment reached
San Francisco the 18th instant, but
there was some delay in the arrival here.
The kiwi is a wingless and tailless bird
whose feathers are used in making mantles
worn by the Maori chiefs.
The Maori hen, known in New Zealand
as the weka, is a brown bird, much larger
than the American hen.
The kea parrot is a bird weighing five
pounds and is such a pest in its native
country that a reward is offered by the
government to induce its extirpation.
The tenatara lizard is about thirty inches
long and is tlx: only known survival of its
race in the world.
Vicious Bird of Prey.
The kea parrot, once a harmless, chatter
ing bird of gay plumage feeding upon fruits
and vegetables, has been gradually trans
formed into a vicious bird of prey. It is
a big greenish-black member of the parrot
family and is said to be very destructive to
sheep. Several of these birds will alight
upon the back of a luckless sheep and. fast
ening their talons in the animal's wooi.
cling on while they pluck a hole through
its back and eat the fat from about the
kidneys. The parrots do not eat any other
part of the sheep's flesh. In this way
they kill many olL the animals. Ths kei
parrot was tempted to forsake its fruit and
vegetable diet, it is said, by getting ths
taste of sheep's fat, which adhered to
sheepskins that had been hung on lines in
the open to dry. The parrots thus acquired
the meat habit and became birds of prey.
The hototerla or tenatara lizard is an
ancient type of the great lizard family. It
is said to stand in a family by itself and is
fcund on the rocky islands of the New Zea
land coast. Its near relatives are ull ex
tinct and are only found as fossils.
The queer looking birds known as kiwis,
pronounced "keewees," are scientifically
known as apteryx. There are three species,
and all are very much alike. In size they
are as large as a big Plymouth Hock
rooster. It has a compact body and modi
fied feathers, much like hair, being some
what like the emu. It has very stout legs
and a long bill, with which it burrows into
earth, the burrow holes being its home. It
also digs with its bill for worms and is a
near relative of the ostrich. The whole
will form one of the most remarkable col
lections in America.
the Zoo authorities expect the arrival of
a male Abyssinian lion in a few days.
POST OFFICE ROBBED.
Safe Blown and S500 in Stamps and
Special Dispatch to The Star.
QUEENS, L. I., January 27.?The post
office here was entered by robbers last
night, the safe was blown open and about
$500 in stamps and cash was stolen. The
way in which the robbery was committed,
in the opinion of the police, shows that it
was the work of professionals.
The thieves obtained entrance by forcing
a front window and then went to work at
the-safe. A hole was bored just above the
combination, and in this way inserted a
charge of dynamite just sufficient to blow
open the door, but not to wreck the safe
or to do any other damage. Before the ex
plosive was set off mail sacks were wrap
ped around the safe to deaden the noise.
As a result of these precautions no one In
the neighborhood heard the explosion.
The post office is on the ground floor of
a two-story frame building, and the upper
floor is used for a library. The building
is directly opposite the l^ong Island rail
road station, and although the station
master was there all night, he did not hear
a sound. There are dwellings ctoso to the
post office, but no one seems to have been
awakened by the explosion. Supt. John v
Simons dosed the post oftice at 7 >> '?>? 1.
last night and nothing was known of t! ?
robbery until he opened the place at ?;
o'clock this morning, when he found tl -
door of the safe open and the contents
There have been two similar robberies re
cently. one at the Maspeth post office, an I
the police believe that all were committed
by the same band.
REICHSTAG SALARY QUESTION.
Members to Be Paid Per Diem for
BERLIN. January 27.?According to th?
Cologne Gazette, ti e imperial government
has at last decided to met i the long-standing
desire of the reichstag to pay members
pev diem for actual attendance. The pro|x.
sition has been discussed numerous time*,
the reichstag each time passing a resolu
tion asking for the government's acquies
cence. but the latter has steadily ignored
This week another debate occurred 111
which the fact developed that many con
servatives are now convinced that it is
necessary to compensate members of tl;?
reichstag in order to maintain a quorum.
The debate brouoght out some sharp and
direct criticism of the emperor, who was
described as being the only man in tier
many standing out against the wishes ot
the reichstag Another sj>eaker quoted a
renark attributed to the emperor. Indig
"Give these fellows a per diem, too?"
It is understood that the government's
decision to yield is due to the visible Irri
tation manifested by the reichstag toward
the government for ignoring its various
notes in favor of compensation to mem
Mrs. Brown Potter Bankruptcy.
Special Cablegram to Tlie Star.
LONDON, January 2".~The bankruptcy
court has granted Mrs. Brown Foster hep
A receiving order in banktuptcy was nrnda
against Mrs. Brown Potter on her own pe
tition July 7, her financial reverses l?eing
due to a disastrous season with "I)u Barry'
at the Imperial Theater.
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