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WAS OLDEST ARMY OFFICER
Gen. Daniel H. Rucker, Who Recently Paned Away, Looked Back Over Nearly Century of Events Gen. Daniel H. Rucker. the oldest retired officer of the United States Army that ever lived, died at his home In Washington recently, aijted 98 years. He was bora In New Jersey, and was appointed to the army from Michigan. He was two years old and able to toddle about whon the White House ?was burnod by British troopg in the administration of President Madison. He was seven years of age when' Florida was bought from Spain and added to the union. He was eight! years old whon Maine (which up to that time had been part of Massachu setts, though not contiguous thereto) became a state. He was 33 years of, age when Iowa and Florida wero ad mitted to the union as states. Gen. Rucker laa born In the little town of Belleville. N. J, In the year when the last war with Great Britain was declared. Eight years later he ?was taken by his parents to Crosse Isle. Mich, (near Detroit), where he went to school. He entered the army, obtaining a commission as second lieu tenant of dragoons, and saw a good deal of Indian fighting. While still a young man he fell In love with a beautiful girl who was a half-blood Cherokee Indian, her fa ther being a wealthy ranchowner. He married her and by her had four chil-, dren?three sons and one daughter. The daughter still survives, unmar ried; the sons all died young. But that was a very long time ago, as may be Judged from the fact that, being left a widower. Capt. Rucker. as he then was. took a second wife in 1850. Her name was Jane Curtis and she bore him a number of children, one of the daughters of this marriage making him the father-in-law of Gen. | .Philip Sheridan by espousing that fa mous military commander. She. by the way, still survives and has a son. likewise named Philip, in the army Capt. Rucker was "S years old when he married his second wife and she lived long enough to celebrate her golden wedding with him. in 1900. In the Mexican war Capt. Rucker commanded a squadron at Buena Vista and was brevetted major Febru ary 23, 1X47. for gallant and meritori ous service. He was an aidc-de-camp on the staff of McClellan In 1861. but saw little fighting during the civil con flict. being attached to the quarter master's department at Washington. In 18S2 he was made brigadier gen eral and quartermaster general of the army and ten days later retired from active duty. Father Corby's Flag. In connection with the movement to raise a memorial to Father Corby, on the very spot where he gave general absolution to the members of the Irish brigade Just before they rushed to the relief of Gen. Sickles, at Gettys burg. it Is noteworthy that the flag of this brigade, borne in so many hard lought battles of the civil war. Is a treasured possession of the Uni versity of Notre Dame. It was pre sented to the G. A. R. Post, composed of priests and brothers, founded by Father Corby a few years before his death, the surviving veterans of the brigade declaring that this precious relic should be preserved where lived the old chaplain who had loved and long ministered to the men that had fought beneath Its folds. Col. W. L. Curry, commissioner of soldiers' claims for the soldiers of Ohio, was In Washington recently in connection with nls business, and made some interesting statements as to the work which his bureau had ac complished. In the last two years he has Sled 3.201 claims, of which 1.946 were for soldiers: 587 for wid ows: back pay and bounty. 214; prize money, one, and miscellaneous, 278. Claims were allowed of $391,003 to soldiers: $82,944 to widows: guard ians. $2,975: minor children, $1,608: back pay and bounty, $1,293.96. The report is the largest In the history of the department. f Pensions Allowed. ? yr?n-uuw'uj?^. i-.wgfrffi! AS THE DAYS OF HEAVEN UPON THE EARTH Bj REV. HUGH BLACX Therefore aholl ye lay up my word* In your h*nrt and In your soul . . . that your daya may be multiplied Ir the land . . . aa the dnya of heaven upon the earth.?Detit. 21 :M. a. The permanenc" of the life pron Ised springs from the rnallty of the life lived. The continuance of Isra el's national existence as the need ahull be an "the days of heaven upon the earth." This ha* been the dream of mm always; this the hope of the falthrol. the virion of the seer. In Kom? form or other, the great consti-rima Hon that Inspire* the work of the re former. the ph'lanthrcplst and the missionary, the hope of the future, "as the days of hear?n upon the earth " These words aptly describe that reaching forward which ve tr?ce In j erery page of the Bible, from start to finish; through the history of th< chosen people of Israel, through th-: visions of the prophets, even through the years of their sorrow and de spair. as they cry out. "O Lord, bow long, how Ions?" Nothing else will j satisfy them, nothing else will they! strlvs for but "the days of heaven , upon the earth." There Is no single phrase which can so sum up In our ; own life the aim of the people. Think : how It erplalns. for Instance, the books of the Old Testament: or think how It gives the moral of all the his torical books of the Old Testament And this Is no less true when they tell us, as they so often do, of day* that were as hell upon ?arth. Trace the content of this very promise that It should be different, that It should be or might have been as "the very days of heaven upon the earth." Think how It expresses the prophet ic books, so varied In time, in tem- j per. In language, and yet one and the same In their possession of this i Idea, warning, threatening: all In spired by the same thing and all sustained by their sense of the days ; that shall be "the very day of heaven | upon earth." Think, also, how It cov ers and expresses the whole new Ten tament. from that message of John the Baptist, from his announcement that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, from the birth of Jesus Christ at Bethlehem, to that vision of the holy city. Think how It expresses our Lord'* teaching about the gentle life, about forgiveness, aboi:t love and humble piety. His teaching about the king dom of God which in the body he came to found: his prayer, which he taught his disciples to pray, that God's will might be done on earth "as It is In heaven." and that his kingdom may be entered Into upon earth. You can trace It from the very cradle of ! Bethlehem, where he was born, that our salvation by grace might be ac complished. and from the cross where he died that we might live and be reconciled to God and "put on the new man." Is not the whole promise of Christian faith Just a picture of the words, "as the days of heaven upon the earth." That Is what malces a re former and gives him patience and courage to work. He strikes a tell ing blow for the next point of vantage that will bring him nearer that good time coming, which is "the days of heaven upon the earth." In business | and politics, true hearts look forward toward a finer type of living, and in all these things we are inspired by the hope of a time when It shall be as "the days of heaven upon the earth.' Even In this life we live much in the future, and if our thoughts of the ; future are right, and our prospects an- based on right intentions, that fu ture of which we dream may be n source of inspiration to us individual ly as well as socially. When we wish man well, are we not dealing with this dream which we have traced through the Bible and which we have \ traced through human life at Its very best: are we not asking that this dream shall be realized? As men. we dare not let go of hope; we must , work for this or we slide back to low er levels. When our hearts are warm and our minds are full of generous thoughts, we can always use these very words of our text, "as the days of heaven upon the earth." What does that mean? What does that prayer mean? It does not mean Just the usual elements of what we call blessings, long life and prosperity. These things should not be excluded. It is not Intended that we should ex clude these things from religion, but they are not defined by the words of our text. The barns may be full to bursting, and not a cloud be there to hide the sunshine, and at the same time a man may be without hope, without Joy. without love. With all the other things that the world terms ' good, such a man is without prosper ity. The days of hope are found some ' times where there seems to be little of what we call happiness. Some things for which men long and strive are only won through vexation of spirit. Again and again has It been seen through human history that a palace has been a very hall where human hearts wear themselves out In pain and unsatisfied desire. That life may be as the very "days of heaven upon the earth." It must aim at things beyond. This kingdom of heaven that we pray about and about v :.lch we dream cannot come among us. We must come Into the kingdom. We cannot be forced Into the kingdom, but we must come humbly as a little child. HtffiHR r ^ yT IT ^ HORTICULTURAL NOTES. Sow a little soot and lime around th'. violet plants if slugs or snails are troublesome. Small fruit plants should always be set and Kept so thai they can be easily cultivated. Many Insect pests can b?* fought the most successfully only at certain definite times or periods. Without rigorous v;ood growth, regular crops of fruit of desirable quality are rarely obtained. Arkansas [Hack and Stoyman are seedlings of the old Wlnesap and are Improvements on the original. Spraying Is an operation that can rarely be put o!T or postponed If the best results are to be obtained. Palms are almost all at rest and a' moderate amount of water at the roots, spraying and beat aro In order. It Is a serious mistake to set trees too deeply because the roots are more apt to rot than If planted reasonably near the surface Where rhubarb 1* wanted enrly without lifting or forcing, a good thick ness of strawy manure laid over the crowns will forward It some. Burning Is a good way of disposing of any weed Infested soil and rubbish of a like nature The resulting ashes form a most useful fertilizer. Soot water, clarified and used regu Inrly In a dilute state. Is about the best stimulant for foliage plants, im proving the color of the leaves very rapidly If, so far. the rabbits have not touched your unprotected apple trees, do not think the danger Is past. Many times they do most mlchlet when the last snow comes. HOW PLANT GETS ITS WATER Problem of Securing Sufficient Liquid Food Probably the Most - i Strenuous of All. i Of all the processes of plant life probably the most strenuous one. that Involving the most intricate problems and beset with the greatest dangers | Is getting a sufficient supply of water ! Cross Sections of Root. Magnified. and having secured It. to keep what is needed for life and growth. This [ water is used in two quite different \ ways: first, it is one of the principal 1 materials necessary for making food. , and second, it is used to dilute the j food to moisten the tissues of the j plant, make them flexible, and finally to supply a means of communication frcm one part of the plant to another. This water way in the plant is more j Important as n highway of travel than are oceans, rivers, lakes and canals to the commerce of the world. Only I when dissolved In water can the plant take in any substance from without or mo\c anything within itself. Some plants live directly in the wa ter and they are not troubled about j getting all the water they need, but j a far larger number are rooted in the j soil and often In soil with only a moderate amount of water. This water I surrounds each tiny bit of sand or particle of loam as a thin coating, but ; in good mellow soil, there is no water between the soil particles. The water ] has dissolved some of the soil, and so has various compounds in solution. : How Is the plant to get this water and these compounds away from the soil? [ Examine the roots and note how they run In every direction, branching j repeatedly and forming a network on j every side of the plant. Cut the plant j down and measure Its length upon the '? ground and often the roots will be found to extend more than the length 1 of the plant. The smallest rootlets reach almost everywhere within this j radius unless they are crowded out by j those of other plants. A microscope Is needed to see the finer divisions, but If the soil be carefully washed off a rootlet and a thin cross section cut through it, when enlarged It will be found that from many of the outside cells slender hairs, as fine as cob webs and perhaps a sixteenth of an Inch long, run out from It In'every dlrectio'n. Caring for Abirtllons. Abutllons thrive In a sunny window with southern exposure, but will grow In cast or 'vest windows. They are seldom troubled with Insects. If scale attack them paint the trunk and branches *-lth lime water. COLKZ, GIOLLRA and Diarrhcea Remedy I> ? rdhble, pleasant and safe remedy for Hm??) m-^si both in children and ftdulti. Buy it now, it may save life. jaafeg^ga' parker-s ?A<? SAL3AK , 1'?-*??.' Ckaiwr? ?vl >>r?i4fi? th? hair. >'&&/' PfwoC*- ? iMCunairt rr*-?*'.v ! liotvjj-r .. t?'2<ev.*r Fails to Oraj ??.. to tti? Yootnrg coi-r. ? ^2 *1 ?"'* ?' '*? *' 1" ^csegesi./u^jgi^ v Fine line of Fruits and Candies ir stock. 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