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SPOKANE MAN MEMBER OF
ABE LINCOLN'S BOD YG UARD
FRANK JOHNSON, OF 2617 EUCLID AVENUE, IS
ONE OF FEW LEFT WHO CAN TELL ANEC
DOTES 4F THE GREAT EMANCIPATOR—"I'VE
GIVEN *00,000 MEN PASSES TO RICHMOND,
BUT NONE HAVE GOT THERE," ONCE SAID
ABE.
1D NE of the very, very few men
left who can boast that they
were once acquainted with
Jbraham Lincoln and can tell anec
tott's of the great emancipator is a
Spokane citizen, Frank Johnson,
senior member of the building and
contracting firm of Frank Johnson
& Son, who lives at 2617 Euclid
avenue. Mr. Johnson, who is a
pioneer resident of this city, was a
member of Lincoln"s bodyguard,
and as such had an opportunity
of seeing Lincoln daily for the bet
ter part of three years. His mem
ory is stored with incidents con
cerning the president during the
tryiufi times of 1862-65. He was a
member of the Eleventh New York
volunteer cavalry regiment.
"It has been said that, no man Is
n hero to his valet, and it Is likely
that few men who are protected by
< (tiers from personal dangers ap
pear to their guards the same as to
the rest of the world, but this does
not seem to have been true regard
ing Abraham Lincoln," said Mr.
Johnson, discussing "Old Abe."
"He was held in greater venera
tion by the troops engaged in his
protection than by any other branch
of tbe federal army, for their devo
tion to him was intensified by their
constant contact with him. It may
FKANK JOHNSON IN 1562.
WHEN HE ENLISTED IN THE
NEW YORK VOLUNTEER CAV
ALRY.
be that his persistent and often ex
pressed aversion to the presence of
guards had something to do with
the admiration felt for him by the
soldiers who served In that capac
ity. I know that he repeatedly sent
men detailed to protect him back to
their quarters.
LINCOLN FOND OF SONGS.
"Lincoln was fond of songs. It
was eustomaiy for the boys in the
cool of the evening around the
campfire, which was only a few
hundred feet from the residence, to
sing patriotic songs of the day, and
the president would come out on
the veranda and if some special
song of his choice was sung he
would very often send a messenger
and ask the boys to be kind enough
to repeat it.
"One of his favorites was Phillip
Phillips' song, sung by Ira 11. San
key before the senate In 1861, at
the meeting of the United States
Christian commission, which met
under the presidency of William
11. Seward, then secretary of state,
and Lincoln, who was present, was
so moved by It that he wrote n note
asking for Its repetition. It was
written by Ellen Huntington Hates.
"Lincoln liked story telling. His
humor was proverbial. Nothing
could be wider of the mark than to
represent htm ns a mere jester. I
recall how a man from a northern
city went into Lincoln's private of
fice In the siuing of ISt!2 and plead
etl for n pass to Richmond. The
president exclaimed: 'A pass to
Richmond! Why, my dear sir, if T
tlid give you one it would do you
no good. You may think It very
at range, but there are a lot of fei
lows between here and Richmond
who either can not road or ate pre
judiced against every man who
totes ;t pass from me. I have given
McClellan und more than 200,000
others passes to Richmond, and not
one of them has yet gotten there.'
"We were relieved as Hie presi
dent's bodyguard March T, 1864,
when there was urgent need of
more cavalry In the department of
the gulf, and so on March S we
were taken aboard the tinny trans
ports nt Alexandria, and that even
ing were towed down the Potomac
river and out to sea. After a trip
of 89 days we arrived at New Or
leans and reiHirted to General
Banks, and we found plenty to do
(baring the country of bushwhack
crs anil cutthroats.
BODYGUARD IN ACTION.
'it befell LlßOQln'l old body
guard to participate in two of tho
last engagement! of tho war.
While patrolllni on the Memphli &
Charleston railroad, when within
throe miles of CollehivtUe on April
IS. ISHS, IS men under command of
Lieutenant John Mllli were attack
ed by the coinniand of Club Fool
Ford, one of the most desperate
guerilla bands numbering so, who
Were In ambush. In the hand to
hand fight six men were killed and
nine wot.tided
"Again on the night of April 30
BQ attack was made on the camp at
Germantown by a large number of
mounted guerillas under command
of Forrest and Club Foot Ford, who
drove in the pickets, but the reserve
held them in check till the men
strapped their belts on their under
clothes and fought them behind
bales of hay as feed for the horses,
which came the day before. After
a severe fight, killing and wounding
several of the enemy, they departed
quicker than they arrived.
"We had considered the war over,
and we expected to see our friends
and home in a few days. The first
engagement was nine days after
and the last 17 days after the sur
render of Robert E. Lee, which was
considered the close of the war,
and so were in at the finish. We
were mustered out at Memphis on
June 12, 1865."
"The duties of the president's
bodyguard were not at all times as
rosy as some might suppose. They
were at all times under minute
orders from the war department to
perform the most fearless duties by
being ordered to the front or with
in the enemy's lines for informa
tion that was absolutely necessary
for the higher authorities at Wash
ington. Often small detachments
were sent out in the dark of the
night into the enemy's country, and
they would meet, overwhelming
bodies of the enemy unexpectedly,
and would be compelled to work
their way put the best they could,
frequently with great loss compared
to numbers engaged.
"The fearless fight at Fairfax
with Oenera] Wade Hamilton's bri
gade of rebel cavalry on June 26,
1861!, was an Instance. Orders were
received for a squadron post haste
from our regiment to make rocon
noisance Into Virginia as far as
Hull Run, and details were made
from several of the companies. The
82 men, under command of Major S.
Pierre Remington, a dashing offi
cer, Captain Campbell, Lieutenants
Dagell, Holmes and Haielton, left
camp at 4 o'clock in the afternoon,
crossed the aqueduct bridge at
Georgetown, took the Columbia pike
to Fairfax court house, arriving at
10 o'clock that night, and putting
out pickets and camping for the
night.
A CHARGE AND ROUT.
"Tbe next morning wo proceeded
on our way, crossing "Rull Run, but
saw nothing of flip enemy, and re
mained there about an hour. Then
we started on our way back. We
had just come out of the woods
west of Fairfax court house, when
we saw a body of cavalry coining
on the road from Fairfax station.
They saw us about the same time.
They gave us the rebel yell, and the
Leader formed his men In line on
the ridge west of town.
"Major Remington formed his
men in line and ordered a charge,
nnd at them we went. We sup
posed they were a body of Moshy's
guerillas, for had we known we
were attacking the advance of Gen
eral .1. EB, R. Stuart's division of
Cavalry !,I1( i artillery it is doubtful
if even the dashing major would
have ordered n charge. We gave
them a volley from our revolvers
and then drew our sabres, but they
seemed to have no desire for a
fight and skedaddled down the
toad, whence they came, leaving
five dead and wounded on the
ground. 11 men whose horses had
been shot surrendered.
"A halt was ordered by the main
body, but the advance guard charg
ed after them till they came up to
them and let them have it. We
kept dropping them front their sad
dles and sometimes horse and rider
would both go down. Some surren
dered, but we charged on by them,
leaving a detail of the main body
to take care of them. We crossed
a small field and then Into the
woods again, where we struck the
main body. The woods seemed full
of them. They gave the rebel yell
and let tbe balls fly.
"Mow the whole body escaped
annihilation 1 do not know, for by
that time there were only a dozen
of the advance guard left ami our
revolvers were empty, nnd then it
wtts our time to run, and they were
after us The major heard the
yelling and shooting and knew we
had struck a snag. When he reach
ed the cleared field he was forming
his men and we took our places In
the line.
"The woods were full of then. As
their line came out we charged
them with the saber, then swung
our line and charged them on the
flank. We drove them from the
field, when a fresh line came up.
which we charged again. They cir
cled around us and we had it from
the front nnd both flanks. The
balls were flying as thick as hail,
and our men and horses Were fall
ing fast. -s.
"We gave them all the shots we
had, but they soon had us in a bad
fix. The major saw that it was
no use to fight longer, and that we
must cut our way out or surrender.
So he ordered Lieutenant Holmes to
take the right of the squadron, Lieu
tenant Haselton the center nnd
Dagell the left, with Remington as
commander In front, and to charge.
This was the last charge, and where
we met our great loss. The left
was ordered to charge with sabers,
while the right kept up shooting,
for we had reloaded our revolvers
by this (line. We swung ground In
n half circle and made for the woods
and struck the road leading to the
railroad. The robs were after us
and they had good shooting in the
toad. They called on us to surren
der, but we soon struck the rail
road, the major ahead. Captain
Campbell next and eight men fol
lowing.
"A Johnny came out of a log
house along the side of the road
and swung his hat in the air and
exclaimed! "Bully for our side: our
side has whipped ' We did not stop
to argue with him at that time. We
dashed down the railroad track, it
being the only chance to get
through the swamp. It was a ride
FRANK JOHNSON OF SPOKANE, MEMBER OF LINCOLN'S RODY
GUARD.
for two miles over stumps and
cordwood piles, but we did it and
gained the track ahead of the
Bquadron of the enemy sent to in
tercept us, and we rode over those
ties at breakneck speed. W r e reach
ed the solid ground again and fired
a few shots tit the enemy, who had
tried to intercept us.
MEET REBEL CAVALRY.
"When we came to a road that
led to Annandale on the Little river
pike we lost sight of the rebs in
our rear and were congratulating
ourselves upon our escape when we
heard a yell on our left and per
ceived a squadron of rebel cavalry,
their horses on I he run. endeavoring
to head us off. It looked as if they
would reach the pike first. There
was a swale between them and the
pike, at the bottom of which was a
bog, into which the horses plunged,
and riders went off. some on their
faces, some on their backs. That
stopped the race and they fired,
injuring no one.
"We got into the line of fortifica
tion and then took it easy to Alex
andria and on to Washington across
the long bridge. Major Remington
reported that 'We met the enemy
and here is what is left of us.'
"This little unpleasantness cost
the regiment five dead. 73 captured,
18 of this number wounded, and
those who were not wounded lost
their horses, which were under
them. Our total number in the
engagement was S3, while the
enemy consisted of Hampton's bri
gade of 1800 strong, with 34 pieces
of artillery. They did not succeed
in crossing the Potomac, however,
until about daylight on June 38.
"General Lee claims In his report
if General Stuart's cavalry had not
been lost and had joined him at
Gettysburg, as the program culled
for, he would not have met defeat
at Gettysburg. If this Is true, to
Major Remington and his gallant
little band belongs the honor of
causing the delay.
"A detail under command
tenanl Holmes was ordered to pro
ceed on a reoonnolterlng expedition
to Rockvllle, Mo., on August 12,
1862, as Information had been given
to the war department by the secret
service that extensive recruiting
was going on in that vicinity for the
confederate service. A raid was
made and 3(1 recruits were captured,
with all the accotiterinents. includ
ing 30 rifles. Among them was the
noted rebel scout, Pierre Trail, who
attempted to shoot one of the
guards in whose charge he was
placed. He was brought to the
provost marshal's office, where he
was tried and after conviction sent
to the old capital prison until the
close of the war.
"They also raided the house of
one W. V. Howie and found 31 rifles
and old muskets bearing the Mary
land coat of arms. [Evidence was
Obtained that recruiting had been
going on in the village for some
Columbian Optical Co.
Manufacturing Opticians Wholesale and Retail
404 Riverside Avenue—Spokane, Wash.
THE SPOKANE PRESS, SUNDAY, MAY 1, 1910.
! time, many hundreds of recruits
; having been forwarded to the south. <
j "Orders were received November
1, 1X62, for a squadron to proceed
to Falmouth, Ya., under command
of Major S. Pierre Remington, as
I advance to General Sickles' division.
"Lieutenant George W. Smith,
with 3b men, was sent to recon
noiter in the vicinity of Poolesvllle
on December 15. and were attacked
by Major White of Mosby's irregu
lars and 300 mounted men who
were in federal uniform. It was a
hot encounter and Sergeant Miles';
was killed, Lieutenant Smith, Cor- j
poral Berry and there men wounded !
and IS others made prisoners. The
loss to the enemy was one commis- !
stoned officer and six others killed.'
"Scores of other incidents of sim
liar nature could be narrated, but
this, 1 think, will be sufficient to
have it known that Lincoln's body
guard did not sleep upon a bed of
roses."
Dr.
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Without Plates
is a device that does away
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and dissatisfaction in plate
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break,
One that does away witu
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ural teeth than anything you
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Tell me by phone when
you will come and 1 will have
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is working by my patients. It
is more satisfactory to see
work in someone's mouth
and hear what they have to
say than it is to read what
sonic dentist writes.
Rooms 211-12 Nichols block.
Phone Main 8717. Every day
and 7 to 8 evenings; 9 to 12
Sundays.
1200 Yards of Dress Goods; Worth
$1.00 to $1.75 at 79c Per Yard
¥V)N'T for a moment think that they are heavy dress goods which you can't
use until next fall. They aren't. They are sheer silk-and-wool and all
wool fabrics —precisely the ones you want for this season—some of them light
enough to use for the overdrape effects of this summer's gowns!
There are plain and fancy weaves. Voiles, either plain or with silk stripes or
checks. Batistes in broken plaids. Satin Salome in handsome colors. Colors
in the lot include.
Tans, Garnet, Grays, Creams, Navys, Cardinal, Champagne, Delft and Others
Some are in dress patterns only, but by far the bigger proportion
are in full bolts. The fabrics are all sheer. The lowest value in all /
the lot is $1 a yard—from that up to 1.75. Monday sale price is M
to be, a yard w Mr
$1.35 Rajah Silks will sell at 59c $1 black Taffeta marked 79c
$1 checked Taffeta to be yd, 85c $1.25 cream Jap. Silk yd. 98c
And $1.35 Mirage Silk yard 98c
And the Third Floor Wash Goods and Domestics
Sections Will Outdo All Their Previous Sales
\X/E have ten reasons for expecting" record-breaking crowds at this sale
™ tomorrow—each of the ten items below is a most powerful one. It
is to be a day of value giving! Every item in the list below is reduced for
Monday's selling only from a fourth to a third! You need these fabrics —the
sale is as timely as it is remarkable in the way of prices!
10c Printed Batiste 5 l-2c
Remember that this price is
just for Monday—no longer. <>n
full bolts of Batiste in pretty
floral and conventional designs.
Their price in store after store is
lOcayard. Monday. j 2
Red Damask 39c
One ol' the standard
makes- ;i large choice
ol" patterns. You save
L'tic a yard by choosing
from them tomorrow!
Instead of 65c; QQ
yard Oe7C
35c Irish Dimities 19c
Genuine imported Dimities —
pretty patterns-light and dark
browns. They have never, to our
knowledge, been offered in Spo
kane at so low a figure. 35c is
the value Sale 1 Q
price 1 *7C
Specials
From Other Departments
15c Flour Sifters at 9c
WITH the handle on the side—the size
of about quart capacity. Instead of
15c we shall sell them Monday at f|
just
Up to $2.50 House Dresses
$1.75
Very trim one-piece Dresses of percale
or gingham- mostly with collars -a few
with V-necks, Light or dark colors
stripes, or figures or dots waists are tuck
ed, skirts are gored. All sizes. A
$2.25 and $2.50 ones «|> 1 . / D
Up to $10 Millinery $4.95
'Turbans, large blocked shapes - hats of
various models made of braids in the nat
ural shade of straw or black or white or
blue. More than two dozen hats are in the
sale. Up to $10 &>A Qu
eues «Pt«*7o
Women's Hose, 3 prs. $1
Regular prices, 50c, 650 and 75c. All are
lisles, with lace hoots or allover lace pat
terns, black or tan. And many Hose in an
assortment of colors. All sizes are in
the lot as a O d» *
whole %) prs. «pi
Women's and Misses'
Union Suits
Any size from that for a child 10 years
old up to women's size six—one and one or
swiss rib—made with tight knees or um
brella style, lace trimmed. OO
Tomorrow a£«7C
And These Specials in Silks
12 l-2c Ginghams 8 l-2c
Standard Dress Ginghams—
equal to Red Seal or Toile dv
Nord. These tire in lengths
from 10 to 20 yards. We offer
a large collection of all the de
sirable checks, plaids, plain
colors and stripes. O 1 O _
Yard O 1-ZC
$1.25 Spreads 85c
In spite of such a
high cotton market! No
dressing; heavy and
durable. We have just
00 to go into the sale.
Not more than two to a
customer, at, OC
each POC
Up to 40c Ginghams 18c
Tricolor check s and
plaids, staple checks and
stripes, wide satin band
stripes- - all in a splendid color
range—32 inches wide. Com
pare them with any you find
at 25c to 40c! 1Q
Yard IOC
85c Sheetings 65c
One-piece sheets of
full bed size—si by 90
inches. Made of round
thread linen-finish ex
tra heavy sheeting;
torn and f\K n
ironed \J%JK*
A Sale of 35c Neckwear at 19c
11^7 E doubt if we have ever had
™™ such an assortment at the
price- and such splendid values!
Not one is iv the lot whose values,
if we had bought them in the reg
ular way, would have been under
35c.
There are Dutch collars and lace
collars and jabots of beautiful qual
ities of lawn and lace. There are
embroidered linen collars In many
different floral and dotted patterns,
of from one and a half to two and
a half inch height.
They are of the styles that are being most asked
for right now. The sale price is lot-
Monday only. He here. Your f
choice ], J/C
Up to 75c Millinery Ribbon 25c
I IST think of being able to buy Ribbons from four
*J to six and a half inches wide—all silk and of fine
quality at 25c a yard! This is to be a very unusual
sale, indeed!
All the correct shades and the staple shades are
included. There are ehantecler red, the new blue,
old rose, catawba, lavender and almost a score of
others—there are moire Ribbons of excellent quality.
They are worth up to 75c, but this was a OC
"capture"! Yard *£DC
Up to 20c Torchon Lace at Sc
npOBCHON Laces of so many different patterns
A and widths that you can find them to answer
any one of a dozen purposes, are to sell at exactly 5c
a yard tomorrow! Many heavy, serviceable designs
are among them. They are both edges and
insertions, 2to 4 inches wide. Values are Ff
up to 20c. Yard DC
Ask for Trading Stamps
We give them with all purchases. They are redeemable
in goods from any department of the store.
25c Poplins 15c
Two thousand yards of desir
able dress and waist lengths—
tan, white, blue, lavender and
many other good colors—and tbe
most popular weave of the sea
sou! They would cost you 25c
from the bolt. <|
Yard l OC
75c Sheets 59c
Of extra heavy
weight; full hleached;
81 by 90 inch size. One
patented welded seam
in the center. Instead
59c
12 l-2c Bleached Cotton for
8 l-2c yd.
This is "Cold Medal" bleach
ed Cotton that never sells at less
than 12'-c a yard—full yard
wide. We have 25 full bolts to
sell, not over ten yards to a
customer, at, Q 1 O
yard O J.-4&C

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