AT the head of the 5,000 regulars
Id the Philippine Islands is a
modern fighting machine. Its
name is Lawton Henry W. Lawton
and for nearly forty years It has worn
the uniform of the United States army.
It has risen from the ranks, this fight
ing machine, leaving behind it other
machines as strong possibly, but less
Henry W. Lawton was born in Ohio
fifty-six years ago. He was a country
boy and got only a common school edu
cationnot any too much of it. It is to
be doubted if he would have learned a
great deal if kept steadily at college un
til he attained his majority. Emphat
ically he is not a book man. Studying
the printed page has been to him al
ways a task and never a pleasure. Men
are his books men and happenings.
His folk were plain farmer folk. From
them he derived his length and size of
bone. The tremendous muscles, the
tireless endurance which have marked
bim in later life had the beginning of
the development in the open air of the
fields of his boyhood. It was said of
him that it took him longer to learn
anything and longer to forget it than
any youth that ever tramped through
the snow to a log school house. His
memory, indeed, has been one of his
strong points since he emerged from
childhood. He remembers well par
ticularly enemies. A better hater was
never born. It follows necessarily that
he is true in friendship. He is, in fact,
a man's man. Women who get to
know him like him well enough, but
not many of them get to know him. In
the age of gray hair he is still a bach
elor, and if he has ever had an affair of
the heart it has been kept to himself.
Lawton entered the volunteer service
of the United States in April, lSu'l, and
was given the chevrons of a sergeant in
company E of the Ninth Indiana In
fantry. In August, 1801. he was made
first lieutenant of the Thirtieth Indi
ana. In May, 1SG2, he was made a cap
tain, was a lieutenant colonel in No
vember. 1SC4, was breveted a colonel
for gallaut and meritorious services
in March, r 1SGÓ, and was mus
tered out of the service in No
vember, 1SC3. He had had practically
four years of the most tremendous war
In the history of the nations. He had
been a participant in a dozen pitched
battles. He had led his men in charge
and counter charge on the stricken
fields of Virginia. He had stepped up
on the dead upturned faces of his broth
ers. He bad been soaked with blood to
On the 1st of July, 1SU6, he was ga
zetted, a second lieutenant in the regu
lar army, being assigned to the Forty
first Infantry. A year later he was
made a first lieutenant He was trans
ferred to the cavalry arm in January,
1S71, had advanced to a captaincy in
March, lh9, was made a major in the
Inspector's general's department in
September, 1SSS, and inspector general,
with the rank of lieutenant colonel, in
Ifc&O. That is his rank in the regular
army to-day, although he wears the
epaulets of a major general of volun
teers. He is slated for appointment to
be a brigadier general under the reor
ganization act and when the two years
for which the new soldiers will be en
listed have expired there will be enough
retirements from the service to make
bis retention as a regular brigadier a
He has come upward step by step
solely through personal courage and
personal strength. He has held that it
ie the first duty of the soldier to fight,
and to fight as soon as he gets the
chance. He has been possessed by no
particular refinements of the art of
war.. He has simply gone ahead and
fought like a fiend when opportunity
ofTered and left to others the task of
explaining why and how such and such
a victory was won or defeat suffered.
He has devoted his life to the profes
sion of arms and he understands it. He
does not pretend to be an authority tip
on anything else. He Is a one-idea man.
Personality of the Man.
In person he is a wonder. Standing
6 feet 3 inches high, as straight as a
rule, with long arms, wide shoulders,
deep chest and thin flanks, he weighed
195 pounds of bone and muscle when
25 years old and now weighs 210. His
bead is small and set ou a massive
neck. His bands and feet are large.
He is as active as a cat and as tireless
as a wolf. Under the sleeves of his
blue fatigue jacket the muscles bulge
like cables. His stomach goes like
clockwork. He has not an unsound
tooth. Headaches aro not known to
him, except from hearsay. He can
travel for a week without food or sleep,
then make a boa constrictor ashamed
of itself and sleep for two days without
turning over. He has never taken any
care of himself. The soldier's rough
and exposed life has been his since
youth, but he is as sound as a nut to
day and able to tire out a dozen young
rr men. Apparently fatigue passes him
by when it lays Its heavy hand upon
those apparently as strong. He Is al
ways alert and always looking for a
chance to damage an opponent. One
of bis maní Indian names ia "Man-
Wbo-Gets-L'p-iu-tbe-Xight - to - Fight,"
and he has earned it by years of prac
tically ceaseless toil. His forehead is
high and somewhat narrow, his eyes a
keen gray, his nose and cheek bones
prominent, his chin square, his lips
thin. He wears a drooping mustache.
His hair is cut pompadour, stauds up
stiff and short like a reversed shoe
shoe brush, and he is not pretty. This
hair is now liberally sprinkled with
gray, and the white amid the brown is
about his only sign of age. Army sur
geons who know him say that lie may
live to be 100 unless a bullet cuts short
his strange and sanguinary career.
Henry W. Lawton was a gallant and
serviceable officer of infantry during
four years of the civil war, but his
peculiar talents were properly envir
oned only when he was transferred to
the cavalry and stationed in the south
west. This was more than a quarter
of a century ago, and for two decades
he was remote from the large cities of
the east. He found New Mexico anl
Arizona overrun and terrorized by hos
tile bands of Indians and he set him
self, along with his comrades, to hold
them down. They were held down. The
work that the cavalrymen of the United
States did In those years will never be
appreciated until a circumstantial his
tory Is written and it is not probable
that the history will ever be written.
It was a life of foray, long rides, des
perate battles in remote valleys, mid
night surprises, combat with a foe that
often was not seen, disheartening and
fruitless chases, danger and frequent
death. In fifteen years the ofHcer saw
every friend he had made when he
went to the mountains 'taken from him
by removal, age disease or the bullet.
Dattle and the liability to death that is
one of the marvels of that brief and
glorious campaign. It was of Lawton's
men and not of the rough riders that
the Spanish infantryman said: "We do
not understand you American soldiers.
You tried to catch us with your hands."
It was Lawton's" reputation for dar
ing and tireless pertinacity that led to
his becoming internationally famous.
His characteristics were known, of
course, to his superior officers as thor
oughly as they were known to the In
dians whom he had been fighting for
a dozen years. For the tenth time the
band of Chiricahua Apaches, headed
by Chief Naches and directed by Ger
ónimo, had jumped the San Carlos res
ervation, leaving behind them the usu
al trail of blood and ruin. Ranchmen
were butchered on lonely ranges, chil
dren's brains were dashed out and the
smoke of burning dwellings rose day
and night to the brilliantly blue sky.
General Miles, a trained soldier and an
Indian fighter himself, was in com
mand, and he selected Captain Lawton
for the task that was set before them.
He started with two troops of veterans,
taking a trail that at Its beginning was
broad and plainly marked. Then fol
lowed the most remarkable pursuit in
the history of Indian warfare. Pay af
ter day the ceaseless toil continued.
The men speedily found themselves in
a country where horses without claws
were of worse than no account. Their
officer dismounted them. "We will
walk them down," he said grimly. The
walk began. It was white pluck and
endurance against Indian craftiness
Over rocks that blistered the hands
when touched, in ravines so deep and
dark that through the narrow rift far
overhead the stars were visible at
noontide, up the sides of huge hills
down which trickled rivulets of dust,
threading paths along precipices which
frowned upon green valleys 5,0(10 feet
below, drinking of cold, clear springs
that gushed above the clouds, some
times in the sun-baked desert, again
Naches and their band of envtbroats
were iinwuers w c lunua. a iiey are i he strongest man on eartli says the
still in confinement. Not only was the ; secret of his wonderful jower is perfect di-
power for evil of this particular tribe
A STKOXO MAN'S SEt'UET,
nullified, but the spirit of Apache re
sistance was broken. It had been dem
onstrated that they could be beateu at
their own game. Once again the white
man had shown tliem that he was their
master, mentally, morally and physical
ly. It was this service which called
Lawton from the west and landed him
in the inspector general's office In
Washington, with much official pres
tige, a fair salary and little to do. The
inaction chafed him. as it chafes any
man of his kind. In five years he rusted
more than lie would have worn in ten.
The chance of hostilities with Spain
found him eagerly preferring requests
for assignment to service. He did not
wish to inspect anything or to take the
couduct of army trains. He wanted to
fight. It seemed to him, he said, that
if he could smell the smoke once more
and know that there was a chance to do
good work, he would instantly become
young again. The opportunity was of
fered him. It was recognized that in
the Santiago campaign fighters and not
doctrinaires were wanted. At Tampa
Lawton was the first man named by
Shafter to assist him in the despernl-9
enterprise ahead. "Pecos Bill" ha'.l
been for many years on the frontier
himself and he knew his officer thor
oughly. Nothing could have suited
Lawton so well. He was there to kill
Spaniards and he thought he saw fc'.s
way clear to doing it.
As a brigadier general of volunteers
he was given command of a division
and in that command stormed 2il
Caney, doing as much as any man could
do to convince Toral that his cause was
hopeless. In all of the fighting of that
terrific day he was up to the firing line,
saying little, but pacing slowly up and
down, his gaunt figure a mark for every
sharpshooter in the enemy's lines, t'ne
Mauser's flicking up the dust about urni
or pulsing in the air, giving to his nien
the constant example of how an Amer
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The entire personnel of the force
changed more than once the entire
personnel that is, except himself. He
was always left, lonely, self-contained,
earnest, indefatigable and silent, save
when giving commands or cheering on
his men in fight. His name became a
household world in. all of the tepees in
that wild land. The Chiricahuas, the
Mescaleros. the Jicarillas, Apaches, all
had for him the mixture of hate and
grudgea admiration compelled by a
dauntljss foe. They found in him,
after a little while, a man who was
learned in every phase of their peculiar
warfare, and in ten years they dreaded
him as they have dreaded few white
men since the winning of the West be
gan. Lawton's method of handling
them was singularly his own. When he
struck a trail be kept to it with a
dogged tenacity which knew no such
thing as quit. Whether the pursuit
was maintained for a day or a week, it
was maintained with a steady, unre
lenting earnestness that did more to
strike terror into the hearts of the red
men than would have been possible to
all the rifles on earth. The man's phil
osophy was wholly expressed once in
a chance remark to a newspaper ac
quaintance. "If a man is hunting for you," he
said, "get a gun and bunt bim. Do it
right away. It discourages anyone to
be suddenly transferred from the posi
tion of hunter to hunted."
This rule has guided bim. He insists
upon being the aggressor. It is sup
posed that he would stand a charge all
right, but hitherto he has always done
the charging. He does not believe in
waiting for the other side to act. This
trait was signally demonstrated in his
conduct of the right wing of the Amer
ican army at El Caney. He had men
that he thought could be depended
on. At any rate be proposed to see
what they could and would do. So he
sent them at the blockhouses and
breastworks hour after hour with a
savage disregard of the chances or
clambering far beyond the timber line,
Lawton and his followers struggled
on. Frequently a wisp of blue smoke
jutted from some Inaccessible crag
and a bullet sang its wicked way to its
billet or spattered upon a russet rock.
It Is a country that God Almighty
made in wrath and. the imprint of his
anger is on it all.- Week succeeded
week. Men dropped, fainting, in the
giant hills and their comrades passed
on. There was no time to stay. They
were left to find their way back to the
reservation as best they could. Indian
and white were foemen worthy of each
other's steel, and the issue of the con
test was in doubt to the last day.
Finally, one night just as the sentries
were set, there was a faint hail and an
Indian stood before them. He was
worn to the bone, but dauntless still.
He said that his chief would talk to the
white man, but would talk to him alone.
His camp was some miles further on,
but the messenger wotdd guide Lawton
to it if . he cared to come. The noncoms
endeavored to persuade the captain
against the venture, but he smiled sour
ly at them and told the Indian that he
was ready. They left the camp of the
soldiers the next morning. By 10 o'clock
Lawton stood in the. Apache borde.
Cavernous eyes gleamed at him. Lips
drawn back from discolored teeth
grinned at him. Wasted hands were
waved at him threateningly. Stern,
dominant, the living, breathing person
ification of the great White Spirit that
had beaten them back from the far
eastern verge of the land they bad
owned, be walked straight to the medi
cine man and demanded his surrender.
There was a brief parley. Lawton con
temptuously refused to promise any
thing or to guarantee anything, except
that he and his followers would be fed.
"Maybe you will lie hanged after
ward," he said. "I don't know about
that. Anyhow, you ought to be. But
I'll feed you. I'd feed a dog in your
month afterward Gerónimo,
He was one of the three commis'"-
appointed by Gen. Shafter to arrange
with Toral the terms of cupitulatioa.
and after the fall of Sautiago policed
the city in a very thorough manner un
til the establishment of a stable form of
government was made possible. Law
ton's idea of ioliclng a place of the kind
is very simple. "The regulations are so
and so," he would say, "and you have
your gun. If anybody violates the reg
ulations, use the gun." It required just
one day to quiet the city.
Again it was the Gerónimo record or
rather the record of years in the west
crowned by the Gerónimo incident
which sent him to the Philippines to
command the American forces in the
field. The rainy season will have no
effect ou him, whatever the effect may
be on those under hhn'. He .is as cer
tain to go strong and fast, even If be
goes to his death, as the sun is certain
to rise and set. All climates and all
seasons are alike to that iron frame,
upon which war and peace and the
rigors of the mountains and the sloth
of the Potomac Valley and asceticism
and dissipation have been effectless.
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