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THE YALE EXPOSITOR, FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 5. 1909.
of the English service, and
has a place In the story
telling groups of the Amer
ican army as "an Interna,
SK ANY gray-haired
A retired-list American
I soldier in Washington
I for an army story and
insiunuy ne win start
to tell you of the tale
of Lieut. Michael Fitz
Gerald's dinner party.
It Is a favorite army
yarn, but not often
does it find Its way
outside of the circle of
Lieut. Michael Fitz
Gerald became Major
Michael FItzGerald in
course of time and because of wound3
received in the very forefront of a
battle for his adopted country he was
placed upon the retired list of the
army. He died within a few months
at his quiet little home town in Penn
sylvania. The dinner of Lieut. FitzGerald was
an international episode. Some of
the elders will remember that it was
not until shortly after the close of
the civil war that the last echo was
heard of the dispute between Great
Britain and the United States over
territory in the northwest. The ques
tion of the ownership of the islands
between Vancouver and Washington
territory was still unsettled. The two
governments in order not to lose pres
tige felt It necessary to maintain gar
risons on the disputed grounds.
The United States was represented by one
company of the old Ninth infantry, command
ed by Second Lieut. Michael FitzGerald. Fitz
Gerald was the only American commissioned
offlcer in the field. Not far away from his
headquarters were two companies of British
regulars with a full complement of officers.
Before FitzGerald and his command were
cent to the island, occupied In part by the
British, Gen. McDowell, who commanded the
division of the Pacific, sent for the second
lieutenant for the purpose of impressing upon
him the delicate nature of his mission.
"Above all things, Mr. FitzGerald," said
the general, "observe the rules of International
"I'll do it, general," answered the second
lieutenant promptly, "and no war will grow
out of my treatment of the red-coats."
The British and American garrisons were
only a few . miles apart. When Lieut. Fitz
Gerald finally became comfortably fixed in his
quarters and was feeling the full weight of
being not only company commander but com
manding offlcer of a United States garrison as
well, he was called upon in turn by each of
the half-dozen red-coated officers stationed be
yond the hill. FitzGerald returned the calls
promptly and shortly thereafter he was in
vited to dine with the six Englishmen as his
At that dinner the American lieutenant
was entertained royally. There was nothing
In. the British garrison that was too good for
him, and, as the veterans say to-day, "Fit
Gerald afterward told his comrades in the
states, 'It was a wet night.' "
When FitzGerald returned to his quarters
and three weeks had passed away he made up
his mind that it was time to prepare to return
in some way the hospitality of the English
men. He took an account of the provender at
band and found that the supply at his disposal
were the ordinary army rations and a Jug
There was nothing fit for a banquet such
as FitzGerald was to give, nearer than San
Francisco. The second lieutenant was a man
of xpedients. The next boat to San Franciscc
carried some communications to certain sup
ply houses, and not long afterward the sup-
officer was no
giver. The in
he sent to the
six British of
ficers were en
graved, bore the
arms of the
in colors and
It took Lieut.
full week to un
pack the boxes
which had come
from San Fran
cisco. He told
about 10 of his
that it would
not do for an
cer to be out
done in hospi
tality by the
with he 1 n
carefully in du
ties as waiters.
He picked out of the command five men who
had some music in their souls and provided
them with instruments.
When the British officers arrived and pre
liminary courtesies had been exchanged they
were shown into a banquet hall with a table
in its center glittering with silver and with
cut glass. The red-coats ate of delicacies and
of substantial that none " of them thought
could be found nearer than New York, and
they drank wine of the kind that needs no
There were two waiters for every guest,
and five enlisted men fiddled away and blew
at their instruments throughout the 20
courses of the dinner. There were toasts and
toasts and toasts, and it was not all over until
about an hour after the host had excused him
self temporarily to attend reveille roll call.
Then came the cold gray light of the week
after. The Joy of remembrance of the ban
quet had kept Lieut. FltzGerald's heart up for
the week that had passed. Then the bills
came In from San Francisco. In amount they
were $1,400. Second Lieut. FltzGerald's ban
quet had cost $200 a plate.
If the lieutenant should pay the bills the
banquet would mean bankruptcy. The com
manding officer of the island post passed a
night in thought. In the morning there was a
look of relief upon his face. In an hour's time
there was ready for transmission to Gen. Mc
Dowell In San Francisco a large official en
velope marked In large letters in red ink "In
Inclosed were the bills for pate de fole
gras, rare old Burgundy and other things
which never before had found their way to the
northwestern coast. With the lnclosures went
this, written in Lieut. Michael FltzGerald's
own hand: "Excerpt from MaJ.-Gen. McDow
ell's instruction: 'Above all things, Mr. Fitz
Gerald, observe the rules of international
Gen. McDowell fumed, and tradition has it
that he swore, but he ordered that the bills
be paid out of the contingent fund, and the
memory of that banquet in the wilds of one
of the islands which now forms part of San
Juan county, In the state of Washington, lives
to this day In the minds of . several veterans
In Arlington cemetery,
Just across the Potomac
from Washington lies the
body of John G. Bourke.
who in life was an offlcer
of the fighting Third cav
alry. Major Bourke's last
tour of active duty was in Chicago during the
railroad strike of 1894. The cavalryman
found time aside from his soldier duties to
study the folklore of the North American In
dians with whom he fought and was friendly
alternately, as the government would have it,
for years on years of life in the west.
Major Bourke was an active member at
one time of the American association which
makes folklore study a specialty. He was In
terested not only In the inherited tribal tales
of the Sioux and the Apache, but he took
within his study scope the folklore of all prim
Into the side of the great stone monument
erected to the memory- of Gen. Crook and
which stands near Major Bourke's grave in
Arlington cemetery is set a bronze panel show
ing the scene of the surrender of the Apaches
under Geronlmo to Crook in the Sierra Madres
23 years ago. The faces of the Indians and
of the army officers shown are portraits. Ono
of the officers in the group is John G. Bourke,
and there is a story in connection with the
folklore major and the Geronlmo campaign
which others besides folklore people possibly
There had been a fight at long range with
the Apaches in the mountains and Bourke's
troop, dismounted, had been engaged. When
the fight was over and the Apaches who es
caped killing had made for farther mountain
fastnesses, as was their custom, the troopers
moved forward and found one Indian who had
been shot between the eyes, the bullet coming
out at the back of his bead. It is needless to
say, perhaps, that the Apache brave was dead.
Gen. Crook came up and found Major, then
Captain, Bourke saying a few warm things to
one of the duty sergeants of his troop. Bourke
left the sergeant, and Crook, turning to the
cavalry captain, said: "Bourke, what on earth
has Sergeant Casey been doing this time?"
"Doing, general!" exclaimed Bourke wrath
fully. "Doing enough; I tried for five years to
make a sharpshooter out of Casey, and at the
end of the time he couldn't hit the barracks
If he was inside with the doors and windows
"And yet, general, that fellow Casey here
to-day at a clean 900 yards plugged and killed
the only Apache in this whole southwestern
country who could have given me the folklore
story I've been after for years.
"I tell you, general, that Cf. ey has escaped
court-martial only by swearing the shot was a
er and lack of money had much to do with
the former soldier's surrender to the authori
ties. The records were looked up and it was
found that the man was what he declared him
self to be a deserter, and nothing less. He
was locked in the guardhouse to await trial,
and the waiting was not long, for a court-martial
was convened and the result of the offi
cers' deliberations was a sentence of four
years in Fort Leavenworth for the prisoner.
Then it was that the deserter began to
think he had been a fool to give himself up
and he began to think of something else as
well. It was Just a week before Christmas
when the prisoner sat down In has cell and
wrote a letter to Mrs. Benjamin Harrison,
White House, D. C. Afterward a fellow pris
oner of the deserter said that he had been
allowed to read the letter before it was sent
to Washington and that it was such an appeal
ing epistle that it made him weep. Mrs. Har
rison was told how hard it was to be in prison
during the glad Christmastide, when the world
was bright from the reflection of happy faces,
and when, if ever, pardon should come to the
The president's wife received the letter
and was so touched that she made it a point
at once to interest her husband in the case.
The result was that President Harrison par
doned the prisoner. The young fellow was
released and by permission he stayed around
the barracks at Fort Sheridan a few hours
before leaving for Chicago.
When he left he carried away all the
money which a sergeant of F company had
been saving for a year to use on furlough. The
pardoned one also took a gold watch belong
ing to the first sergeant of the same company.
That deserter never was caught, and as far
as It is known he never again gave himself
up to the authorities. There was more than a
rumor at the time, however, that two enlisted
men In the United States army saw to It that
the tale of the deserter's deeds was sent to
the White House in order that the president's
wife might learn that even a woman and a
president's wife may sometimes mistake hu
It takes only a casual reader of the army
orders which are published daily in Washing
ton to make It known that more than one de
serter who has been caught succeeds in escap
ing the punishment due him by sheer force of
the -pleas, pathetic and otherwise, which
friends make for him. Occasionally there are
extenuating circumstances even in the cases
of deserters; but desertion is desertion, no
matter how it is viewed, and clemency is not
looked upon with favor by either regimental
or company commanders, and in truth the de
serters generally escape punishment, when
they do escape, through the soft heartedness
of civilian secretaries of war.
It is said that occasionally deserters write
to the wife of the president of the United
States asking that she Intercede for them with
her husband. This plan worked once, but if
the facts in the case are known to the pres
ent mistress of the White House it is probable
that the letters of deserters caught and await
ing trial will receive scant attention.
The story of a deserter who appealed to a
president's wife, and he did not appeal In
vain, is a Fort Sheridan story. In the year
1890, just as the snow was beginning to fly In
the fall, a young fellow went from Chicago to
Fort Sheridan and there gave himself up as
a deserter. It Is probas-le that the cold weath-
Wite Club Member Wheatcaked German Bar.
on Instead of Winelng and Dining Him.
A German baronhe said blew into New
York and got acquainted with some clubmen.
He was put up at a club by one of them for
the customary two weeks and paid his bills
There was great surprise when the man
who put him up refused to make an applica
tion for a renewal of the courtesies of the club
for the baron. Club members were Indignant
about It and one of them had a new card
The baron appreciated the compliment and
entertained lavishly. He left without paying
his bills and the member who volunteered the
second time had to settle.
"Did you lose anything?" he asked the
man who had stood sponsor first time. .
"No," he said. "I didn't wine and dine him,
like you. I took him out one day and wheat
caked him." Saturday Evening Post.
A BOOKMARK CHURCH.
In Japan, under the guidance of Rev. David
S. Spencer as presiding elder, many of the
natlv.e churches have been engaged in a strong
effort toward self-support. The Toyohashl
church was built of the proceeds of the sale
of silk bookmarks made by the members of
the congregation. These silk slips with tas
sels were sold by friends In other lands. Some
of the workers made elegant embroidered silk
handkerchiefs, which are also sent for sale
among the people of the home land. The Ja
panese are showing themselves in labors and
patience true types of the Christian.
As a contrast to the short will of E. II.
Harriman, one might mention the will of the
late Lord Grlmthorpe, in the framing of which
no fewer than 11,070 words were used; and
that of Mr. Edward Bush, a retired Gloucester
engineer, who died last autumn worth 114,
813, and disposed of it in c vlll containing
26,000 words. Strand.
Paul a Prisoner
Sudsy School Lesson for Nov. 7, 1909
Specially Arr&ngad for This Papor
LESSON TEXT. Acta 27:27-28:10. Mem
ory verses, 9, 10.
GOLDEN TEXT.--"The Lord redeemeth
the aoul of his servants; and none of
them that truat in him ahall be desolate."
TIME. Early in November, A. D. 59 or
TLACE. St. raul'a bay on the north
east shore of the Island of Malta, In the
Mediterranean sea, 150 milea aouthweat
of the most southerly point of Italy.
Suggestion and Practical Thought.
What the storm and wreck revealed
as to the character of Paul, the mis
For nearly seven months we have
been studying the character of Paul
under a great variety of circum
stances. We have found him con
scientious, consecrated to God, de
voted to the good and the salvation of
his fellow men, energetic, wise, cour
ageous, joyful, faithful, persevering,
independent, unselfish, courteous, of
strong feelings, but self-controlled,
saintly and true. We have seen him
chiefly at his missionary work.
In this storm and wreck we see him
from another point of view, connected
with bodily interests, physical needs,
things pertaining to ordinary human
life, as a man among men, not, as one
has said, "a long-distance pastor," but
in close touch with humanity.
I. The Manly Authority of a Tested
Character. Vs. 27-32. "The four
teenth night" (v. 27) from the time
they left Fair Havens In Crete, when
the storm began. "Driven up and
down," tossed by the waves and
"borne along" "in Adria," not the
Adriatic sea, but the name then given
to the central basin of the Mediter
ranean. "The shlpmen deemed that
they drew near to some country."
29. "They cast four anchors out of
the stern." Anchoring from the stern
Is unusual, but much the best under
the circumstances, for it would leave
them free to sail to either shore when
daylight come. During the dreary
waiting, while they "wished for the
day," the sailors tried to save them
selves at the expense of all the rest
by means of the boat, the one visible
way of reaching the shore. But Paul,
noticing the plan, appealed to the
centurion and the soldiers to put a
stop to it. The sailors had the boat,
but the soldiers had the weapons and
the power. Paul therefore appealed
to the soldiers, for he saw clearly that
(v. 31) "except these abide in the
ship, ye cannot be saved," as had
been promised. Those who went in
the boat would doubtless be drowned,
and even if they reached the shore,
there were none left to manage the
ship, especially If the ofllcers of the
ship were among those who planned
so selfishly for their own safety.
The soldiers put an end to the plan
by cutting the ropes and setting the
"Nothing was too good for Paul
after that, and when at last the ship
broke, and the roll call was made on
land, every man, soldier, and sailor
sang out cheerily, 'Here.' And when
at last Paul got to Rome, Capt. Julius
and his soldiers did not soon tire of
telling to wife and child and sweet
heart how the little preacher had
saved them from the angry deep."
II. Care for the Physical Comfort
and Health of His Companions. Vs.
33-38. "While the day was coming."
As soon as It was light enough to find
food. "Continued fasting," took no
34. "I pray you take some meat,"
food; "for your health," safety, they
would need to put their bodies in the
best condition to give them the
strength needed to reach the shore.
35. "He began to eat." To lead
them on by his example, he himself
did what he advised them to do.
36. "Then were they all of good
cheer." "The hearty cheerfulness (is
It too colloquial a phrase to say the
'pluck?') of the apostle had communi
cated itself, as by a kind of electric
sympathy, to his companions."
III. Paul Doing the Commonest Du
ties to Help his Companions. Acts
28:1-6. 1. "They knew," recognized,
"that the island was called Melita,"
now shortened into "Malta."
IV. Paul Healing the Sick. Vs. 7-10.
Publlus, the governor of the island,
living not far away, entertained the
company for three days till they had
time to make other arrangements.
The father of the governor lay crit
ically sick of dysentery. Paul prayed
for him and laid his hands on him,
and healed him. This gave Paul an
opportunity to preach the gospel. For
Paul had no credentials that would be
of use, and as a prisoner suspicion
would be cast upon, him. So that God
himself gave him the best credentials
by bestowing on him miraculous pow
er. Paul healed many others; and as
Christ's works of healing showed bis
kindness and love for men, and re
vealed the loving nature of our
heavenly Father, so Paul's aid for the
sick expressed the kindliness of the
Catting Away Caret.
Treat cares as you treat sins. Hand
them over to Jesus one by one as they
occur. Commit them to him, Roll
them upon him. Make them his. By
an act of faith look to him, saying:
'This, Lord, and this and this, I can
not bear. Thou hast taken my sins.
Take my cares. I lay them upon thee
and trust thee to do for me all, and
more than all, I need. I will trust and
be not afraid." Rev. F. B. Meyer.
To low they build who build be
neath the stars. Young.
good health, with its blessings, must un
derstand, quite clearly, that it involves the
question of right living with all the terra
implies. With proper knowledge of what
is best, each hour of recreation, of enjoy
ment, of contemplation and of effort may
be mado to contribute to living aright.
Then the use of medicines may be dis
pensed with to advantage, but under or
dinary conditions in many instances
simple, wholesome remedy may be invalu
able if taken at the proper time and the
California Fig Syrup Co. hold that it is
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Consequently, the Company's Syrup of
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NOT SO BAD.
Nervous Lady Don't your experi
ments frighten you terribly, profes
sor? I hear that your assistant met
with a horrible death by falling four
thousand feet from an aeroplane.
Bold Aviator Oh, that report was
Nervous Lady Exaggerated! How?
Bold Aviator It wasn't much more
than two thousand five hundred feet
that he fell.
RASH ALL OVER BOY'S BODY.
Awful, Crusted, Weeping Eczema on
Little Sufferer A Score of Treat,
ments Prove Dismal Failures.
Cure Achieved by Cutlcura.
"My little boy had an awful rash all
over his body and the doctor said It
was eczema. It was terrible, and used
to water awfully. Any place the water
went it would form another sore and it
would become crusted. A score or
more physicians failed utterly and dis
mally in their efforts to remove the
trouble. Then I was told to use the
Cutlcura Remedies. I got a cake of
Cutlcura Soap, a box of Cutlcura Oint
ment and a bottle of Cuticura Re
solvent, and before we had used half
the Resolvent I could see a change in
him. In about two months he was en
tirely well. George F. Lambert, 139
West Centre St., Mahanoy City, Pa
Sept. 26 and Nov. 4, 1907."
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Frank I. Cobb, the chief editorial
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ouce when Joseph Pulitzer, owner of
the World, wanted to communicate
with him. Mr. Pulitzer sent Cobb a
Presently a country operator drove
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Taas HaU't f amily 1'llis tor const IpaUoa.
"Before he went fishln'," said the
town story teller, "he swallowed
'bout a pint an' a half of snakebite
renedy, an of course you know what
that is. Well, after the snake bit him
the reptile cut all sorts o' capers, kaze
the remedy went straight to its head.
Last thing it tried to do wuz to swal
ler its tail, an' it got Itself In the form
of a hoop an' I'm a liar ef tho chil
dren didn't roll it around all day!"
Important to Mothers.
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The Kind You Have Always Bought.
Loveliness does more than destroy
ugliness; it destroys matter. A mere
touch of it in a room, in a street, even
on a door-knocker, is a spiritual force.
rr.nrtT dayis rAiNKtrxEit
has tio euhHitinte. No other reml Is eo ef
fwtWc for rheumatism, lumbago, tifTnr.nMiFalgta
or cold of any sort, tut up In to. Hue and Wu buU.Ua.
A woman's idea of a tactful man Is
oue who Is able to increase the ad
miration she has for herself.
Mm. AYInatow'a Soothing; Kyron.
for children teething, aoftens the mirna, redoeaa f
Camiuauoa,aUars pain, curat wUdooito. l&ca UotUa.
Anything a woman won't talk about
isn't worth mentioning.