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VOV" STORY OF THE TTRXT 9VUIOmS
VvT HY THE PRESinF.NT SZfF
(CONTINUED.)
The two youngest children he
claimed for himself, with that wistful
fatherly longing that had always mark
ed him: and Mount Vernon (earned to
him more like a haven than ever,
where to seek rent and solace.
The two years he had yet to wait
may well have termed to him the
Ion Ren t of his life and may have add
ed a touch of their own to what
stranger deemed hla sternness
Washington had leldora eeetned so
stern as In one Incident of those try
ing months.
An officer of the American army
had been taken In a skirmish, and the
Fillsh had permittrd a brutal com
rany of loyrtMs. under one Cantal
T.lpplncott. to tk him from his prl
rn In New York and wantonly nan
him In broad d.nylight on the height
near Mlddletpwn
Washington at once notified the
Hrtrleh commander that unless the
murderers were delivered up to be
punished, a British officer would be
chosen by lot from among his pris
oners to suffer In their stead; and.
when reparation was withheld, pro
ceeded without hesitation to carry his
threat into execution.
The lot fell upon Captain Charles
Asgill, an engaging youth of only
nineteen, the heir of a great English
family.
Lady Asgill, the lad'a mother, did .of gods, the Lord God of gods, he I
not stop short of moving the very knoweth, and Israel he shall know; If!
French court Itself to Intervene to j It be In rebellion, or If in transgres
save her son, and at last the congress j slon against the Lord (save us not '
counseled his release, the Engllh i this day)." i
commander having disavowed the act
of the murderers In whose place he
was to suffer, and Washington him
eelf having asked to be directed what
he should do.
"Captain Asgill has been released,"
Washington wrote to Vergennes, In
answer to thf great minister s intei
cession. 'I hae no right to assum.
any particular merit from the lenien
manner In which this disagreeable af
fair baa terminated. But I beg you
to believe, sir. that I moat sincerely
rejoice, not only because your hu
mane Intentions are gratified, bu' be
cause the event accords with the
wishes of hi most Christian ma
jesty." H preat Weight Lfted
"""Trlifted a reaTwelght trora hla
heart to have the Innocent boy to
go unhurt from hi bands, and be
wrote almost tendrrly to blra in ao
qualntlng blm with his release; but
It waa of his simple nature lo have
aent the lad to the gallow s, neverthe
less, had things continued to stand as
tby were at first.
He was inexorable to check perfidy
and vindicate the Just rules of war.
Men were reminded, while the affair
peniled, of the hanging of Andre, Ar
nold's British confederate In treason,
and !:ow pitiless the commander-in-chief
had seemed in sending the frank,
accomplished, lovable gentleman to
hi disgraceful death, like any com
mon apy, granting him not even the
favor to be abot, like a soldier. It
seemed hard to learn the inflexible
ltnea upon which that consistent mind
worked, aa If it bad gone to school
to Fate.
Qoodby to Hi Officer. j
But no one deemed him hard or ,
tern, or so much as a thought more j
or less than human, when at last the
British had withdrawn from New !
York, and he stood amidst his officers
In Fraunee's tavern to say good by.
He could hardly speak for emotion:
he could ouly lift his glaas andvay:
"With a heart full of love and grati
tude, I now take my leave of you.
most devoutly wishing that your lat
ter days may be aa prosperous and
happy as your former one have bwii
glorious and honorable. . . I can
not come to each of you and take my
leave," he said, "but shall be obliged
If you will come and take me by
the band."
A Fervent Parting.
When General Knox, who stood
nearest, approached him, he drew him
to him with a sudden impulse and
kissed him, and not a soldier anions
them all went away without an em A
brace from this man who was deemed
cold and distant. After the parting
they followed him In silence to White
hall Ferry, and saw him take boat for
hi Journey.
And then, standing before the con
gress at Annapolis to resign hi com
mission, be added the crowning1
touch of simplicity to hi just repute
aa a man beyond other noble and
Incer.
Resign HI Commission.
"I have now the honor of offering
my alncere congratulation to con
gress," be said, be stood amidst the
august scene they had prepared for
him, "and of presenting myself before
then to surrender into their band
the trust committed to me, and to
claim the Indulgence of retiring from
the service of my country."
"Happy la the confirmation of our
i Independence and sovereignty, and
pleased wtth the opportunity afford-
4 the United State of becoming a
.respectable nation, I resign with sat
isfaction th. appointment I accepted
,wlth diffidence a diffidence In my
labilities to accomplish so arduous a
task, which, however, wss superseded
by a eosfldeoc. la th rectitude of our
'causa, the support of th supreme
power of the Union, and the patronage
of Heaven.
"The succesful termination of the
war has verified the most sanguine ex
pectations; and my gratitude for ttis
Interposition of Providence and the as
sistance I hive received from my
countrymen Increases with every re
view of the momentous contest. . .
I consider It my Indispensable duty to
close this Inst solemn act of my official
life by commending the Interests of
our dearest country to the protection
of Almighty God and thoso who have
the superintendence of them to his
holy keeping."
It was aa if spoken on the morrow
of the day upon which he accepted
hie commission; the same diffidence,
the same trust In a power greater and
higher than his owi.
Ail Idol and Hero.
The plaudits that bad but Just now
filled bis ears at every stage of his j
long Journey from New York seemed
utterly forgotten; he seemed not to
know how his fellow countrymen had
made of him an Idol and a hero; his 1
simplicity waa once sciin his au'hm-1
tic badge of genuineness. He knew, i
It would seem, no other way In which
to act
A little child remembered after
wards how he had prayed at her
father's house upon the eve of battle;
how he had taken scripture out of
Toshua, and had cried. "The Lord God
j There was here the same note of
I solemnity and of self-forgetful devo
I tlon as If duty and honor were alike
! inevitable.
i On Christmas eve, 17S3, Washington
j was once more at Mount Vernon, to
! rem me the life he loved more than !
j victory and power.
i He had a zest for the means aud the I
labor of succeeding, but not for the
mere eontenf of success. He put the Hate's first governor, in the yearofthe
revolution behind him as he would l'claration of Independence; three
have laid aside a book that was read; ( yr later Thomas Jefferson had uo
turned from it a quietly as he had 1 ceeded him in office, the philosophical
turned from receiving the surrender of j radical of times of change; the choice
Cornwall! at Yorktown Interested in ! of Mr. Harrison had but completed the
victory, not as a pageant and fielj of '
glory
but only aa a means to an '
end. j
looked to find . very sweet sstis- I
end.
faction in the peace which war had
earned, as sufficient a scope for his
po e. , at home as In the field
Once more he would be a Virginian.
srd Join his strength to his neigh
bors' in all the tasks of good clti
xeuthip. I!e had sen nothing of the old
fam:'1" placea s'nee tl'-t far-sway
j spring In iue year IT" 5, when he had
left his farming and his fovhuntiri;,
amidst ntrnnrs of war, to attend the
congress which was to send him tt
Cambridge. He had halted at Fred
ericksburg, Indeed, with the Count de
rochan'beau. two yeprs sgo, ere he
followed his army from York to ita
posts upon the Hudson.
Mr. Lewis, his sister, had returned
one day from vtaltlnr a neighbor in
! the quiet tov n to look In abtonishmTt
1 i!on an ofTcr'a horses snd aftend
! ar.ts. at hr door, and had entered to
I f nd her b'lov"d bro'her stretched
j upon her own b- d within, sound asleep
I In his cloth m, like a boy rettfrned from
hunting.
Take H s Mother to a Ball.
There had been a formal ball given,
too, in celebration of the victory, be-
fore the French officers and the com- i
mander-ln-ohief left Frederl kburg to I
go northward again, and Washington
had had the Joy of entering the room
in the face of the gay company v i i
his aged mother on bis arm, not a whit
bent for all her eventy four yers. I
snd aa quiet aa a queen at receding j
the homage of her son's comrades In
arms.
He had got his Imperious spirit of
command from ber. A servart hr.J
told her that "Mars George" bad put
up at tbe tavern.
"Go and tell George to come here In
stantly," she bad commanded, and he
had come, masterful man though be
was.
He had felt every old affection and
every old allegiance renew Itself as he
saw former neighbors crowd around
him; and that little glimpse of Vir
ginia had refreshed him like a tonic
deeply, and aa If If renewed hi very
nature, a only a silent man can be re
freshed. Hut a few days In Fredericks
'burg and at Mount Vernon then bad
been only an incident of campaigning,
only a grateful pause on a nisreh.
Back to Private Lit.
Now at last be bad come back to
keep his home and be a neighbor
again, as be had not been thus nln
year.
It wa not th cam Virginia, nor
even th same bom and neighborhood
he had gen from, that Washington
came back to when the 'war wa
done.
He bad left Mount Vernon in the
care of Lund Washington, bis n phew,
while the war lasted, and had not for
gotten amidst all bi letter writing to
end seasonable direction and main
tain a constant oversight upon th
management of his estate.
Rsbuk HI Nseh.w.
It wa part of his genius to and time
for everything, and M-Mint Vernon bad
ufferad something Um than th or
dinary haxarda and neglect of war.
It had suffered less upoa one occa
sion. Indeed, than Its proud owner
could have found It In bis heart to
wish.
In the spring of 17St aeveral British
vessels had feme pillaging within the
Potomaa, ard the anxious Lund had
regaled tholr officers with refresh
ments from Mount Vernon to buy
them off from mischief. "It would have
been less painful circumstance to
me," his uncompromising uncle had
written him, "to have heard that. In
consequence of your .ion-compliance
with thrlr request, they had burnt
my house and Inid the plantation In
ruin. You ought to have conslderea
yourself as my representative."
Kept though It waa from harn.,
however, the place had auTered many
things for lack of his personal care.
There was some part of the task to
be over again that had confronted him
when he came to take possession of
the old plantation with his bride after
the neglects of the French war.
Finds Virginia a Stat.
Put Virginia was more chmgrd than
Mount Vernon. He had loft It a col
ony, at odds with a royal governor;
he returned to find It a state, with
Benjamin Hirrlson, that stout gentle
man and giOU planter, for governor.
by tho free suffrage of his fellow Vlr !
gininns.
There had been no radical break
wtth the aristocratic tradition of the
past. Mr. Harrison' handsome seat
at Lower Brandon lay where the long
reaches of the James marked the old
est regions of Virginia's life upon
broad, bnlf-feudal estatea; where there
wore good wine and plate upon the
table, and gentlemen kept old customs
bright and honored in the observance.
A Great Chang In Affaire.
But the face of affialr had greatly
changed, nevertheless. The old gener
ation of statesmen had passed away,
almost with the colony, and a young
er generation was In the saddla, not
withstanding a gray-haired figure here
and there.
Re-hard Bliind had died In the year
of the Declaration; Peyton Randolph
had not lived to see It.
Edmund Pendleton, after presiding
over Virginia's makinf aa a state, as
ehslrman of her revolutionary commit
tee of safety, was now withdrawn
from active affairs to the bench, his
tine figure marred by a fall from his
horse, his old power aa an advocate
transmitted Into the cooler talent of
the jude.
Patrick Henry, the ardent leader of
the Revolution, had been chosen the
round of the new variety In affair,
Men who. like Richard Henry Lee,
naa counseled revolution ana me
breaking of old bonds, were nqw In J
had counseled revolution and the
things at the front of Virginia's bun
ness; and younger men, of a force and
power of origination equal to his own.
were pressing forward as If to carry
a new generation to the stage which
had known nothing' but independence
and a free field of statesmanship.
Among the rest, James SladUon,
only a little more than ten yeara out
of college, but already done with serv
ing his novitiate In the congress of tbe
confederation, a publicist and leader
in the old dominion at thirty-two.
Kdmund Randolph, of the new gen
eration of the commonwealth's great
fsmlly of lawyers, like hia forbears In
gifts and spirit, waa already received
at thirty. Into a place of Influence
among public men.
Marshall a War Veteran.
John Marshall, Just turned of twenty-eight,
but a veteran of the long war
none the less, having been at the thick
of tbe fighting, a lieutenant and a r-.p-taln
aboug the Virginian forces, from
the time Luuinore waa driven from
Norfolk till the eve of Yorktown, was,
now that that duty was done, a lawyer
in quiet Fauquier, drawing to himself
the eyes of every man who bad tlij
perception to note qualities of force
and leadership.
James Monroe had come out of the
war at twenty-five to go at once Into
the public councils of his state, an
eoual among bla eldera. Young u
came forward upon every side to take
tnelr part tha novel rush of affuirs
that followed upoa the he-els of rev
olution.
Royal Welcome for Washington.
Washington found himself no si rang
er in tbe new state, for all it had
grown of a sudden so unlike that old
community In which hi own life hud
buen formed. He found a very royal
welcome awaiting him at hi home
coming. The old commonwealth loved a hero
still ss much as ever; waa as loyal to
blm now a It bad been in the far-aw ay
I daya of tbe trench war, when I)iu
I widdle alone fretted against him; r
! ceived him with every tribute of f
' fectlcu, offered him gift, and loved
I blui all tbe better for refusing them.
J But he must have felt that a deep
I change had come upon bla life, none
tbe less, and even upon bis relations
with hi old familiar and neighbor.
Moat Famou Man of th Day.
He had gou away honored iudeed,
and marked for reaponaible services
among hi people a Uurgess as a mat
ter of course, a notable citlxen, whose
force no man who knew him could
fall to remark; but by no meana ac
counted greatest, even among tbe men
who gathered for tbe colony business
at Williamsburg; chosen only upon oc
csslon for special service of action;
no debater or statesman, ao far aa or
dinary tnea could see; too reserved to
be popular with tha crowd, though it
should Ilk bi frsnkne and taking
address, and go out of it wsy to see I
aim oanorseoaca; a man lor nis neigh-;
net, wno couia anow aim. not for I
in woria, wmcn n yerusea to court.
put in war naa suaaouiy itd 1 ln
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him to the view ct an ukumuu, uau
set him among the great captain of
the world; had marked him a states
man in the nildBt of affairs more a
statesman thnn a soldier even, men
must have thought who bad read his
lettrrs or heard them read In congress,
on the floor or in the committee rooms ;
had drawn to himself the admiration
of the very men be had been fighting,
the very nation whoae dominion he
had helped to cast off.
He had come h:ne perhaps the most
famous man of hi day, and could not
lane up mo uiu me w nere ns naa leu
It off, much as he wished to; was
obliged, in spite of himself, to play a
new part in affairs.
Befriended by Nature.
For a few weeks, indeed, after he
had reached Mount Vernon, Nature
m rseir assisted him to a little privacy
aLd real retirement.
The winter UTS3-4) wa an un-
comuionly severe one. 8now lay piltd, j being with his Intimate friends, laugh
ill but Impassable, upon the roads; ; ed and talked a good deal."
frosts hardened all the country against I Resumes Hi Old Life,
travel; he could tot get "even to Kred-1 As much as he could, he resumed
ericksburg to see bi aged mother; ; the old .nd thoughts and
and not many visitors, though they
were his nar neighbors, could reach
him, at Mount Vernon.
In Fancied Retirement,
At length, my dear Marquis." he
ould wrKe to Lafayette In hi secur
ity, "I am become a private cltlsen on
the banks of tbe Potomac; and under
the shadow of my own vine and my
own f g tree, free from the bustle of ,
a camp and the busy scene of pub
lie life, I am solacing myself with
those tranquil enjoymenta of which
me cornier, wno i ever in pursuit or strong hold upon hi heart, and grew
fame, the statesman, whose watchful j slowly to an Intimacy with Mm such
day and sleeples night re spent In j 8 frw ventur-d to claim any longer
devising schemes to promote the wel-; n midst those busy day In the guest
fare of his own, perhaps the ruin of ; crowded bouse,
other countri s. a if this globe was Lafayette' Word Plctur.
.u.uu ,;. iur u. . ana ine couriitir,
iuu ! aiwya vtmeuinn ine counten
ance of hi prince, can have very little
conception. I have not only retired
from all public employments, but I am
retiring within myself. . . . Envi.
ous of none, I am determined to be
pleaaed with all; and this, my dear
friend, being the order of my march,
I will move gently down the atream of
time until I aleep with my faihers."
Tbe simple gentleman did not yet
realise what the breaking up of the
frosts would bring.
With the .prtng the whole life of
the world seemed to com pouring in
upon Washington.
Men of note everywhere pressed
their correspondence upon him; no
etranger visited America but thought
first of Mount Vernon In planning
where he should go and what be
should see; new friend and old at
every day at hi table; a year and a
half had gone by since hi home-coming
before he could note In his diary
(June 30. 1785): "Dined with only
Mr. Washington, which. I believe, 1 !
the first Instance of tt since my re
Irement from publ'.c life" -for some
visitor had broken their way even
through the winter roads.
All Roads Lead te Mount Vernon.
Author sent blra what they wrote;
Inventor submitted their' Idea and
model to him; everything that wa
being aid, everything that wa beta
dona, seemed to find it way. If no
where else, to Mount Vernon till
those who knew hi occupation could
speak of Washington very Justly, a
"tha focus of political Intelligence for
the new world."
He would not alter hi way o 11 v
lug oven In th far of such over
whelming Interruption.
Stick to Hi Business.
Hla guest saw blm for a littles aft
er dinner, and once aud again, I'
might be. In the evening also; but be
kept to hi business throughout all
the working hour of th day; was
at bl desk even before breakfaat,
and after breakfast wa always early
la tbe saddle and off to bl farms.
Only at table did be play the boat
lingering over th win to glv and
call for toast and relax In genial con
versation, losing, a th month pass
ed by, some of th deep gravity that
hlt settled unon him in the eamn. and
.sowing one moro aa enjoying relish
fu a pleasant tory, an unaffected
(a)y ef wit, or a burl.squ deccrln-
tiAn," as is tbo old day after bunt
This Beautiful
Sewing Set and THE
Hirer lit A8 of Him.
Strangers weto or't.-n In awe of him.
Tt did not encourage talk In those who
had little to say to sit In the presence
of a man who so looked his greatness
In the very proportions Of his strong
figure even, and whose grave and
stesdy eves so challenged the signifi
cance of what wa said.
Young people would leave off dan
cing and romping when he came Into
the room, and force him to withdraw,
rrtd peep at. the fun from without tho
door, unobserved.
It was only among hi Intimates
that be was suffered and taken to be
the simple, straightforward, sympa
thizing man he was, exciting, not awe,
but only a wtrm and affectionate al
legiance. "The General with a few
glrse of champagne, got quite mer-
ry." a young Knglishman could report
; who had hid the good luck to be In-
troduced bv Rlrhard Henry Lee. "and.
pastimes that ha'd gone with It
Once more he been me the familiar
of his hounds at the kennels, and fol
lowed them as often a might be In
the bunt at sunrise. He asked but
one thing of a nrse, aa of old, "and
that was to go along He ridiculed
the idea that he could be unhorsed,
provided tbe animal kept on his legs."
The two little children, a tiny boy
and a romping, mischievous lassie,
not tnurh bigger, whom he hd adopt
ed at Jack Cusils' death-bed, took
i It Sfteme1 to Lafayette
a very n-
' gaging picture when he saw Waahlng-
' ton and the little toddling boy togeth
er "a very little gentleman with a
feather in his hat, holding fast to one
: finger of the good general' remark
able hand, wh-h (so large that
; hand!)" was all the tiny fellow could
' manage.
These children took Washington
! back more completely than anything
else to the old days when he had
; brought his bride home with her own
! little one. He felt those days come
backi too wnen he WM on hi borrf
' In the open, going the round of good
twelve mile and more that carried
. him to all the quarter of his planta
tlon. I Again a Farmer.
j Once more he wa the thorough
j farmer, ransacking books, when men
and hi own observation failed Mm,
I to come at th best method of culti
vation. Once more he toe1 dally ac-
count of the character of hi alaves
and servants, and of the progress of
th()lr 0rk.talking with thra when
he cou'd, and gaining a personal mas
tery over them.
Contracts for work he drew up with
his own band, with a mlnutenea and
particularity which were sometime
whimsical and shot through wtth a
gleam of grim humor.
He agreed with Philip Barter .that
If he would serv him faithfully a
gardener and keep aober at all other
time he wou'd allow blm "four dol
lar at Christmas, with which to be
drunk four day and four night; two
dollar at Easter, to effect the am
purpose; two dollar at Whitsuntide,
to be drunk for two day; a dram In
th morning, and a drink of grog at
dinner, at noon;" and tb contract
wa drawn, signed, and witnessed
with all formality.
A Thorough-doing Maatsr.
Philip no doubt found short brift
of consideration from bl thorough
going master If there wa any drunk
enness la th garden beyond th limit
of th eight day' nominated la th
bond, and found th contract no Jest
la tb end. for Washington bad amall
patlenc and no soft word for a
breach of agreement, whatever It
kind.
He would help men la distress with
a generosity and wis choice of
mean which few took th !n to
oiercls. but h bad only aharp re
buke for carelessness or aeglect or
any alacknea In tb performance o
a duty. Ma who bad cbat4 or I
$1.50
sought to Impose upon him deemed
him harsh and called him a hard mas
ter, so sharply did they smart after
h had reckoned with them.
Washington exacted the uttermost
farthing. But he spent It, with the
other hand, to relieve genuine suffer
ing and real want, though It were de
served and the fruit of a crying fault.
In hi home dealings, as In every
thing else, his mind kept that trait by
which men had been awed In tha
camp that trick, as If of Fate, of let
ting every act come at It conse
quence and Its full punishment or re
ward, aa if he but presided at a proc
ess which was Just Nature's own.
When he succored distress, he did
It In pity, not In justice not excusing
'suit, but giving leave to mercy. If
he urged the government to pension
and reward tho soldier of the war,
who had only dona their duty, be him
self set an example.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
The Maupin Case
Promptly at the noon hour the
Maupin case was callec' for. trial
and both sides announced ready.
About seventy men have been
summoned from our neighboring
county of Clark, and a large num
ber of them were on hand and
answered to the call of their
names.
The hour at which we go to
press will , preclude any further
mention of the case. It. is suppos
ed that it will take the entire
week to try it.
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The biggest international fleet
ever, assembled is expected to
gather at Hampton Roads in
1915 and cruise through the Pan
ama Canal to San Francisco in
response to invitations to foreign
governments from . the United
States.
Court Day Dinner
The French Mission Circle
will give a court day dinner next
Monday, at McKee's Rink.
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Lumber Co. Phone 425.
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