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TUB aiQULNGr TIM4SS, SUNDAY, JUARCH 22, 13915.
19 till o Commandingly situated on the Virginia hills, with the Potomac, the city of "Washington anil J)ir encompassing Marj--and highland, making a beautiful pano ramic view to eastward, is Uncle Sam's strict little city r Fort Myer. Seen from the Arsenal Point, it stands out pieturesquelj above these iree-deckrd bills, with its flap staff and water tower plainly outlined against tlie -sky. A bliort fllhtasce to southward is Arlington, and to r-acl-tbe fort, the same route is taken that leads one to t his beautiful cemetery. Cutll recently, those who de-ircd to Tislt Myer were compelled to. cither take passage in one of the vehicles running to Arliugton from Thirt y-second street, Georgetown, or furnish their own con veyance. Hut now it is only a short walk from the end of (lie avenue cable line, across the Aqueduct bridge to the Arlington electric road, which runs cars here at short intervals. The garrison is headed by officers who have also seen much service. The officer In command. Col. 1). S. Gordon, is a par ticularly conspicuous rigure. He was bre veted major and lieutenant colonel for gal lant and mentorius service, and will be re tired on the 23d of next May. having tcached his sixty-fifth birthday. He en- tered t he service in April, 1SG1, and joined l!- regiment by promotion to colonel 111 July, 1892. During thoe stormy four years, from 1S61 to 1SC5, he participated hi many of the most important battles, and has since its close been stationed almost constantly at frontier posts, where he lias Vept up Ins record as a warrior by taking part 111 many engagement against the hos tile Indians. The oilier officers arc- Captain and As sistant Surgeon W. II. Arthur; Captain and Assistant Surgeon E. A. Mearns; Major Thomas C. Lebo, who joined the regi ment by proirolion to major. July, 1893; First Lieut. E. F "IVillcox, a graduate of "West Point Military Academy and ad jutant or the regiment since October, 1892; First Lieut. Thomas Cruse, Sixth Cavalry, also a graduate of "West Point Military Academy; quartermaster of the regiment Bince December. 1893, and commissary or the jiost; Troop A. Sixth Cavalry; Cnpt. II. M. Kendall; Second Lieut. "W. C. Short Troop E. Sixth Cavalry, CapL B. II. Chee ver, Firt Lieut. E. C Brooks and Second Lieut. A. C Nlssen. Troop G, Sixth Cav alry. Capt. Frank "West; First Lieut. II. J. Gallagher and Second Lieut. DT. II Stout. Troop U. Sixth Cavalry, Capt. L. A. Craig; First Lieut. J. A Harman. and Second Lieut. C. D. Ithodes. Troop L. Sixth Cav alry. Capt. A. I Bloeksom; Second Lieut. H. A "White Troop M. Sixtii Cavalry, Capt. H. I Kingsbury Second Lieut. B. B. Hyer, and the hand. Sixth Cavalry. "When The Times man arrhed at the Fort one day last week, the troops were making tlietaniiarkflj in thebig brick ridingscliool which stands at the end of the main avenue leading west. They were a hardy set of rough rulers, who skillfully manipulated the reins. This may also be said ofnm-i of the troopers slat nmed here, as well as the entire cavalry force of the United States. Better riders tiian sme of these troopers cannot be found any where, and for true horseman ship. Willi that equestrian case and grace so essential to make riding pleasing to the eye. they bear the palm. It has been in timated that the huge cradlc-likc McClelian eaddlesadd to the gracefulness of the rider. "While that may be true toa ccrtaincxtent.it Is a fad that the cavalrymen aic equally rr'W HEAfKUPPlNfr KBMMaBaaaMMaaBfftaaleaaa8BBihiJii 1 ' " ' ir" "mm Illll' Bias aeafWHiJrilHIHii imjjWiW'3C3aii-Biia naBgwaMiMBgMMWfcll'PaWiPSBiBM f JftDCOR RlDIrlCf-' n y& WmW$ SfM armx?Pt& graceful, whether riding on a blanket or a saddle. At these indoor exercises the horses arc "clothed for sport," for they were without Kiddles or the paraphernalia which usually goes to make up the rig of a trooper's horse. Instead, there was only a folded blanket and a surcingle to inlcn ene bet ween the padded trousers and the equine spring. The men were also lightly attired, and, save for the saber and revolver drills, were denuded of all military trappings. After a "run around" or two, "clipping heads" was indulged in for about ten min utes. Tills exercise is a saber drill and consists of decapitating imaginary foes. The men are posts .set up at convenient range along oneJjide of the hall, surmounted by Ifutlusr Balib.' The idea is to displace, these "heads" by it dexterous movement of the arm and saber. This must be per formed wliile the'liorse Is moving at break neck speed. It jt not an easy accomplish ment, because the motion of the horse lias to be taken into consideration, as well as a rapid measurement of reach of distance. Still these skillful riders can so regulate thciraimthat the coveted leather often falls. Another exercise with the leather ball follows tills one. One of the tallest posts is set up at the end of a hurdle, on which is placed the ball. The men ride at It singly. To dislocate it is necessarily more difficult while the horse is leaping a hurdle, but it is done, In response to a few carefully selected and moderately vociferous remarks by the drill master, these exercises come to a close, and the men hustle off their trap pings with a great deal of noise, to pre pare for the hurdle practice, with which, wliile it Is not down on any permanent pro gram, this officer, who is privileged to vary the entertainment when so disposed, sees fit to occupy their next fifteen or twenty minutes. Half of the troop dismount and vault onto the luck of the horses of the, other half, and the horses, thus carrying a"double bur den, start off single file around the room. A number of huidlcs are placed at regular intervals; over these, .fences the horses jump, in a decidedly satisfactory manner, showing their ability. If occasion should iver requite it, or taking off the field men whose horses might have been killed or disabled, and Miio, but for this means, would have to "go it afoot." After this exercise the men returned to their own horses, which were bunched to gether in the center of the hall, watching every move, and apparently enjoying the maneuvers of their brothers. Then there was a series of mounting and dismounting exercises indulged 111 by all while the horses were !u motion. In the various hurdle feats the skill of the horses and men is exhibited in an In teresting manner. One of these is the ex- ercise which requires the men to dismount and run alongside the horse with one-hand' on the saddle and the other holding to a tuft of mane and. the reins. The lmidles arc in this manner cleared by both man and horse simultaneously. The second round is even more difficult, and one which re quires no little agility to perform. It is the vault and the hurdle leap com bined. The man holds on to the horse in the same manner as in the first "exercise, and when the hurdle i reached, springs clear over the horbe while the latter is making the leap. If the attempt is suc cessful, he then mounts from the other side. Often this feat would be accomplished while the horscmoved at a rapid rate; Indeed, the failures-were more frequent when attempted by those whose horses did not move o speedily. The other hurdle exercises were not so difficult, but to those who admire the poetry of motion they were more pleasing. They moved by twos, fours, eights and 6lxleens, as though animated by clockwork, and jumped hurdle.-, in perfect unison. The cavalry dash, which aids the hurdle exeicises, is ftill of excitement. The fences are extended clear across the center of the building, and as the horses come ft ' ' & 1 m&t '''' mm tBp fir "" sKpOS ) J TrtE FIELD toward you at breakneck speed, to the yells of the troopers and the banging of pistol", they Jump over this obstruction, and are so fulloflheexcitementofthemomentthatthey rush pell-mell until they are set back on their haunches by a vigorous Jerk on the reins, a few feet from the other end of the hall. The exhibition of horse-throwing was next to come, in which was shown the skill of the trooper. Usually this is accomplished with little difficulty by pulling the'ani mal's head as far a.round to the right as it is possible for it to go. But some of the horses require a deal of persuasion, comucli so that the trooper dismounts and stands on what a marine would call the "star board" side. He then doubles up the horse's front leg, says, "Come down," in a coaxing and sometimes very emphatic manner, and pulls firmly on the off rein. This brings the ani mal down gently to the ground. A few of the horses object emphatically, but their objection goes without effect here they all go down. An intermission of a few minutes fol lowed, during which time the men moved about as they chose, or exhibited the tricks and kittenish manner of their horses. Some of these short performances are equal to any equine feats to be seen at a circus. The men are especially fond of their horses, and are equally fond of showing how well trained they are. Wrestling on horseback came next. The detachment is divided for thlb exercise into two platoons which are backed up to the side walls to await their turn. One mail is called from each platoon who proceeds to the center of the hall. As soon as they meet the two troopers clinch and pull and haul in a vigorous manner, as they go through a series of endeavors to unhorse each other. The horses, too, arc In for the sport. Often they showed their Interest in the game by biting nnd pawing attach other. The couples selected were usually pretty evenly matched, many of them showing the skill -that cones Trpm long experience,. During these exercises the men aloug the wall sat "all over" their horses, and rest ed in a reclining posture or stood up right on their horses' backs,, as they urged on their favorite and good-naturedly "guyed" one or "the oilier." They all take a turn at-ihla. after which the race is started. In this exercise one man is ordered to lead and is inlmediateiy followed by another, who uses every en deavor to overtake and unhorse him by grabbing him with theriglifchau'd. -In some cases the pursuers' horses are not equal to the ocensipn and no amount of urging will develop a speed sufficient to bring them up to the pursued. A very laughable incident happened in this connection, which was thoroughly en joyed by all present at thtjextu'nsc of a trooper who rode a "balkcr.A' The hoise was not only a balker; it was alj,o what is generally termed a "bucker.;,: 1 evidently made up its mind not to fpllovif the lead horse, and suddenly stopped jvlth four stiff legs plowing as manyjfurrows In the tanbark floor. f I Suddenly there developed' air obtrusive looking hump beneath the iaddlt, and the IJ3tt t Hi H4l horse jumped into the nlr, landing again stiff-legged, much to the discomfort of the rider. The next time the man wassenthigh into the air with sprawling limbs, which landed him ten feet away on the soft tan bark. It was not provided for in the tactics, but it was as neatly and thoroughly done as could have been had they both drilled for it. The visitor will find the out-door or field maneuvers equally as interesting. Friday morning, when the weather is right, is the best day to go, then the four troops driil simultaneously in the immense parade grounds, which adjoin the Arlington Ceme tery. The mimic warfare to be seen on these oc casions, which include some very pretty marches and drills and lines of battle with different charges, are interesting and often very exciting. The full regimental band on horseback is in attendance. The pistol chargeis a feature on the Held. The practice of using this weapon from the moving horse is little known, but is one in which our cavalry is now experimenting. Since the introduction of the pistol it seems to have been taken for granted that the trooper could with six shots at his command do considerable damage to his enemy and then draw saberf before the charge brought him within striking distance. Our cavalry has, to witlnn tin? past few years, been so busily engaged" in the In dian country that it haSj had little op portunity for a systematic practice or experiment, buhlattcrly it has hnd .1 breath ing spell, an 'one wliich the "War Department has taken advantage of, to determine once for all exactly how much dependence is to be placed In the pistol, .and what is its proper spTio'e of action. These different maneuvers njid drills are merely the routine of postjduvy. They are Tor the purpose of keeping man and horse hard m muscle and to increase-each man's confidence in himself. "Whilc'thcy are not instituted for thepublic's amusement, visit- immt?rVtv&!'Jf f V J ' vVxA S? No Chance to Iteforni. SHBBBBHpBKr" Tirr fff iSE'SiVir "IL'S " use for a tnlef to try to becomc llKy ' a im ' ''I -v (1 T-31iIa!i honest in New York," said a well-known xunwwv 111 m v -. m - J&' - ors are always made welcome, and since there is no admission fee attached It -is likely that the coming spring mornings will find a goodly number of them here to wit ness these exercises. ANOTHER OBJECTION. "Whut Might Happen "When "Women Hold Im port ant "Public Offices. ' Chicago Post. The messenger came in haste. "Madam, ,r he said to the president o the board of county commissioners, "your presence is urgently requested " "I can't come," she replied promptly. "I was told to impress upon you," per sisted the messenger, "that it was a matter of the greatest importance " "I can't come," she repeated sharply. "Thciiffnirs of the county are in a most perilout; condition " "Let 'em slay in that condition," she in terrupted. "Your signature Is needed to various documents that " "Send 'cm up here and I'll sign them if I vget time." "You have not been to your office for nearly a week, and " "And probably won't be there for an other week," she said, with asperity. "There are at least a dozen men and women who have been there every day to sec you on pressing official business that will no longer brook delay." "It will have to." In despair the messenger made his last appeal. "Madam." he said, "owing to your ab sence the business of the county is practi cally at a standstill. We will have to close up the building unless some provision is made " "Close it!" she exclaimed, angrily. "Do anything you pleaso with it, but don't bother me when I have more important matters to attend to. The baby is teething, and I shall remain here until the poorlittlo thing feels better." FOND TV'IFE'S EBHOH. It Made Ulni Feel Like n Tin Soldier Swlnimlnjr In Mucilage. Chicago Ilccord. Leonard Bagsby suffered from acute rheumatism, and it often appioached so near his heart that he feared fatal results. One of his favorite liniments was pure alcohol, and, as it was The cheapest of them, he applied it freely during the attack. The other night Bagsby was awakened by an attack of his old enemy. At the first groan his wife was out of bed, grop ing for the cupboard and the alcohol. She seized the first big bottle, and, verifyiug her instinct by a sniff at the stopper, she hurried to her suffering husband. She needed no encouragement to apply the liniment freely, but l'agsby urged her to pour it on as fast as she could. In a few minutes the pain began to sub side, and as the excitement died away Mrs. Bagsby noticed that her hands were quite sticky. "Without stopping to inquire as to the cause she went to wash. them. But somehow the 1 water would not remove (he dirt. She lighted the gas to see what was the matter. ""Why, Leonard Bagsby, what is the matter with me?" she exclaimed, as she gazed at her hands, covered with a yellow, gummy substance. ""What's the matter with me. you'd bet ter say!" cried her husband. "I feel like a tin soldier swimming in mucilage." Mrs. Bagsby lighted the gas jet in the bedroom. "Varnished, by jingol" shouted Bagsby. Mrs. Bagsby had anointed him with a half pin of shellac. CENTEK OF l01UL-ATIO Vrouablllty That It lln Gloved EnM for the First Time. Tiie St. Louis Globe-Democrat states that "one of the surprises of the next decennial census may be the discovery that the na tional center of population lias moved east- JLAZY .- jBfcjrn3Mfnr ward for the first time since the govern ment was formed. " . The State census taken last year indi cate that the East Is growing morerapidly than the "West. In the five years since 1800 Massachusetts gained in population 202,000, or 11.7 per cent. The gain of New Jersey in the same period was 313, 000, or 15.7 percent. lowa'acorresponding gain was 146,000, or 7.6 per cent. Kansas reports a loss since 1890, and Oregon's increase in five years is not quite S per cent. In 1700 the center of pop ulation lay in Baltimore. In 1890 it lay near Indianapolis, 500 miles to the west ward. Elephant "Wu to lllnme. Irate Customer Take this rubbish back. I paid you for real ivory and I find this Is nothing but vulcanite. Storekeeper I'm very sorry, sir. but It's not my fault. 1 bought them for real African ivory, but it has come to my knowledge since that the elephants have taken to wearing false tusks. Ally Sloper's. crook to a reporter. "I remember stand ing In front of the Morton House, at Four teenth street and Broadway, talking to two shoplifters. "Wliile we were talking a detective came up and said to one of the shoplifters, calling him by name vMy wife is going to a hall next week and wants a new dress. Sec that you have some silk at (naminga certain saloon)br 4 o'clGckthis afternoon.' " 'What are you going to do?' I said to the shoplifter. " 'Why, get it. he said. 'That man has a warrant in his pocket for me, and ir 1 don't get him the silk he'll run mc in.' "He went down Broadway to one of the big stores and came back iikiile of forty minutes with a roll of silk, which he took to the designated saloon. He had paid his debt." - Exchange. Not n Thorough Joh. "Next," said the cooking school lecturer, "you take your pepper. The chop should be thoroughly dusted." "Dusted!" said Aunt Isabel, horrified. "If I had a jjirl who just dusted the ftyjrT .Yftv, Jlfrif B.'A'i'Hl'iT a s3sr2& rnsrs ,, 3 I L meat instead of washing It. I would dis charge her In a minute." Indianapolis Journal. A TEMI'KIIA.VCE STItA"W. Hut It Demonstrated u lt-ckleshne That "Wiik Discouraging. JWtc York Herald. There was a pleased expression on the stem features of the angular woman with, the rasping voice, as she regained her seat in the accommodation train. She had just walked up one side and down the other of the long aisle anil spoken a few hurried words to each man as she handed him a cop of a temperance tract. "The world is growing better," she ald, leaning over and addressing the man In the end seat. "You see, there is so much dif ference of opinion on the subject that you can't get any intelligent idea from studying statistics. I'm a worker in thenoblecause of temperance, you know, so I thought I would do' a little investigating Tor myself." "Am I to understand, icadam," replied the man. turning his head hair way round, "that the result of your labors show that the world Is growing better?" "That's it exactly." she returned. "As soon as I entered this train and saw that it was nearly full of men I knew thac the time for original Investigation bad a rived. "When I bRHiId out tMs beatlfl little rract I asked each man point Want If he was a drunkard. It did my heartgood. as you may well imagine, to hear each oC them answer time lie wasn't." "Bat. my dear madam." argued the man, "it takes a pretty heavy drinker to makea druukurd." "Nonsense," broke in the woaa. "There can be no fine distinctions in a question erf this kind. A man who drinks is notbiag else than a drunkard. I'm satisfied with the test I made, for I could see that eaeh man answered my question honestly." "I won't attempt to argue with you, madam," said the man. "I'll just make a little test of my own " Stepping ou tinto theai-Ie the man sanj? out in a cherry tone that echoed through the length of the car: "Say, boys, any of you got a corkscrew?" In a moment a smile came over the man's features as he slowly counted seventeen hands lifted up in theair.and he wasaboub to address the woman , when he saw that she had fainted, and thar the conductor was testing the virtue of her dearly loved cold water by sousing a dipper of it in her face. Dojjm in the Army. Speaking of the proposed use of dogs ii. the German army to give first aid to the injured. James Payn, in the Independent, says: "It will be curious if these animals distinguish themselves in this humane em ployment, as the dogs of St. Bernard have douein 3 different field. They havealready becn taught, it is sai5, to 'search for wounded men. either by day or night, with unerringaccnracy. But how do they know they are wounded? Indeed as those they have been experimenting upon 'have been obviously only pretending to be wounded, they must hitherto have made nothing but mistakes. Toa wounded raanwhohasnot been informed of this tauine education it must be rather alarming to find a strange dog. with a cold nose, taking, as it were, a diagnosis of his condition before applying the latest remedies attached to its collar." m . A I j J' r4Kk