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_ t. * . , Cj.W3 \ 10 THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : SUNDAY OCTOBER 31 , ISSO.-i-TWELYE PAGES "Whito Ohiof of The Pawnee Scouts His Frontier Expeiieucos. A. CHEYENNE CHIEF CORRALLED. Colonel Kldil'H Coward lee An Arnpa- Jioo Vlllnuo IJcitroyoil One Hun dred nncl Sixty-Two Arnia- IIOCM Killed. COI'VKIHIITKl ) . ( he llteliy UfrttlSarrn nn.\ \ HVNiip.il1 > m'ru.UTKU V.-Ciil > lfiln Nnrtli nnil his I'mrnpm l'ar ua n I'nrljr of t liciennf * Tin1 ( n | > - iHln limn .Niifrnw K CUIP : A ( . 'liny.'tiiio ' ( 'nlff Cor- rnlli'd C < miihIlT Cmiilnrt < > ( Colonel KI < Mloii' end Comiir' ItchrlmnnilCnii'nln Nurlli ILscovorn n l.niKC ArniuilH'o VlllneaHi'liifiirreinniiH Hrnl Tor Attnrk on I IIP Vlllnira Tlio Arnpnhnoi Am lluilly I'liiil liril-Onp liunilrnl nnil Sixty-Two KlllpilTin | Vlllngn pp'lrnypilIcnernl Connor Htirlmnn | < l tlnt'lro > | > * nml ilio I'AMIVP * for Mi- ulillprl kc Coniliict- iimw | Prisoners font llncklu Tliulr I'm plo , V. Connor's Oninpnlcn Contlniioil. A day or two after the Pawnees' victory over the Sioux , as related in the preced ing chapter , General Connor moved his camp two miles turthor up Powder river where there was plenty of grass for the liorsos. At about 10 o'clock the next .morning after getting fairly settled in the now camp , the Pawnee pickets came in and reported that they had discovered Indians. Contain North was Immediately ordered out with his whole company , and nsccmling an elevated plateau , he saw the Indians in three parlies , about half a mile apart , each party being composed of forty or fifty persons , all traveling in the same direction. Ho divided his com mand into three squads , directing Lieu tenant Small to take the right , Lieuten ant Murey thu left , while ho himself com manded thn center. This having buen quickly arranged the Pawnees charged upon the retreating enemy , who broke and ran in every direction. A lU'NMNU riIHT of several miles followed. In pursuing the Choveiiiios , for such they proved to be , the Pawnees soon found tliojr own ponies were beginning to lag , having not yet fully recovered from thosevoro march of a few days previous , and it was im possible , even with whip and spur , to gain very much on the Choyonues. Cap tain North , who had a splendid pony , very easily kept far In advance , but could not got near enough to ho Cheycnnes to do any elocution , although ho fired sev eral shots. The chase was thus kept up for several miles and his men frequently called out to him that their ponies were giving out , and linally ho ordered them to droj ) behind as their horses failed. Captain North , however , still kept on , ns he was determined to kill an Indian , and linally , upon suddenly looking back , he saw that his men wore more than a mile behind , slowly returning , most of them being on foot , having ridden their ponies as lonn ; as they could carry then riders. Captain Nortli halted his horse , and , dis mounting , took deliberate aim at the rear Cheyenne and llred. The Cheyenne reeled in his saddle and came very nearly falling oil' his horse ; but recovering his equilibrium ho gave n most unearthly yell. Captain North was now satisfied with the chase , and remounting his pony started to return. No sooner had ho turned his horse's head than twelve stal wart warriors , who had heard the yell of their wounded comrade , como 'riding down on him with a whoop that fairly JIAUK HIS IU.OO1) HUN COM ) . He felt now as if tlioChoyennes had been drawing him into an ambush , and that his life would soon pay the penalty of his rashness. Ho urged his pony to' its utmost si > eed , but nevertheless in a few minutes he was completely .surrounded , his pony not possessing half the speed of the Cheyenne steeds. Several shots were fired at him , one of them passing through his saddle-skirts , just behind his log , and penetrating the side of his pony , thus disabling the animal. The Captain jumped to the ground and used the pony for a breastwork , as the animal had came to a standstill and did not fall. He returned the lire of the enemy in quick succession , thus keeping them at a dis tance. He saw. however that they would soon close In on him , and it was evident that ho must soon make a desperate effort to regain his men So ho started oil'on a run , clearing his waj by pointing his Balanl ! rille hrst at one nml then nt an other of the red devils , lie had gone probably fifty yards when ho discovered that ho had loft behind him two loaded revolvers in his holsters , and he turned back to get them , the Indians' at the same time attempting to cut him oil' Ho suc ceeded in reaching the pony , which was still standh'g but bleeding quite freely. He found that ho could now urge the pony along , and use him as a protection against the Cheyenne bullet * , which at times came thick and fast. Ho managed in this manner to work his way for nearly a mile , when far off to the right he saw A SOUT.UIY IIOHSr.MAN , and thinking ho might be one of his com pany he took oil' his hat nud gave a sig nal for assistance The horseman halted fora moment , and then galloped oil'In the opposite direction. To attempt tone- scribe the captain's feelings on sooi Tr the horseman ride away wcylu b0 useless Again was ho convince- ' , tn.t j,0 , wou'j | , soon fall a. Yior',7 ' , , to the Cheyennes. Yet fie 92 ,4-mined , to continue to niuko every 'effort to escape , although it seemed im possible. Had the Cheycnnes had the courage to dash down on him they could easily have killed and scalped him in two or three minutesor , in even less time , The captain , however , fought his wa\ along for another half mile , when to his surprise and joy he saw Lieutenant Small come riding over n lull , not more thai : half a mile away. The lieutenant wa astonished at the sight that mot his gu/.o There was ( ho captain surrounded b twelve Choyennes , mid It seemed as n there was no escape for him , The lieu tenant , \vhohad halted for a moment tc take in the Munition , was in donb whether to join the captain or ride bad- for assistance , and he would probablj have done the latter had not Captau North called to him to como to Ins aid The lieutenant needed no second call and putting spurs to his horse he ohargiu down the hill with n revolver in eacl hand , unit as ho came on the gallop to ward the captain the Cliovennes turnei and rapidly retreated , no doubt thinking the troops were following the lieutonan and would soon make their appearanci over the hill. The captain and the lieu tenant who felt quite jubilant over tin result , now inwuiKw.y itr.TUK.tTRn , taking turns in riding the hitter's horse vrhilo they led the wounded animal. Oi ' reaching' the top o'f the lull Gaptau North stopped suddenly and said : "Loot down there , Charley , There's a lot of In dians : " And sure enough , down in tin valley of Dry Creek , a small branch o Powder river , were quite a number of In dians , \yho had corralled somebody whou they tw.cro trying to capture. "what are they Chuyennes or Paw ncos ? " akud Lieutenant Small , " 1 don ' cure uboiit running into anuthor party o Chevennes just now. " "Neither do 1 , " replied the .rnp'oMi ' "I've had -enough of Choyoiinu * ; .for ai hour or two , at least. The e Indian down there ilou't seem to have nine clothing ; If they have anv at all , It's in opinion that 'they are' Pawnees , but it' ' best to bo a little cautious. . We'll dro bark over the hill and' crawl around' near to them ns possible without belli ; 'discovered. ' " "Very w.ell , " suid Lieutenant Small nnil the two menthereupon carefully felt their way to within hearing dlrtanco of the Indians , niul then listened for n mo ment. "Thi'y MFC Pawnee * . Mire enough ; I un derstand them,1' wild Captain North. "So do 1 , " said the lieutenant. "Well , we're safe ctwuirh now , and wo'll join them at once,1' said the cap- tain. In few moments the two olllcers Were down in the valley and once nioro with their men , wlo | were delighted to see them acain. especially Captain North , as thev didn't know what had became of him. 'The captain ordered a fresh horse , and the moment he mounted him. Ins own woifmled steed lay down and died. The eapt'iin looked sorrowfully at him and said , "Hood-bye , old fellow , yon stood by me until yon saw mo safely ' bank.1' The Pawnees had corral led an old Chey enne ehief , who had been cut oil1 from his party , and , Indian-like , they were trying to sue how many times they could shoot him without killing him , and had literally riddled his legs with bullets , but the tenacious old warrior still held on to life. The Pawnees who had temporarily stopped their SAVAflK ASirfUMP.NT to weleome back their olllcers , now re sumed their shooting , when Captain North , upon learning what they were do ing , shouted , "Stop ! Don't lire another shot ! Kill him with a saber ! " The old warrior had intrenched him self in a log-pile , which the Sioux hud at some limo used tor a horsu pen , and was defending himself with bow and arrows. When the lirmg ceased at the command of the captain the old Cheyenne stuck the end of his bow through the logs to get a. good shot at the Pawnees. One of the Pawnees , in obedience to the captain's orders , now ran up to the logs with a saber , Intending to dispatch him. He struck at his left hand , which protruded through the logs and was holding the bow. lie cut the foreliuger of the hand completely oil' , and at the same time grabbed the bow and jerked it away from the Cheyenne. 'Lhn desperate Cheyenne now drew- his bulchor-knifo and bounded out of the log pile , making a tremendous jump , fairly Hying through the air , his intention being to dash through the line of Pawnees , but when he landed on the ground in : AVAH A roitrsK , a half a dozen bullets having penetrated his body as he was making the Hying leap , lie was instantly scalped by one of the Pawnees , several of them having rushed forward for this purpose. Nick Jannisse , an old Frenchman , who was in the party , stopped up to the body and looking into the Indian's face , said , "Captain , that's old Red Hull assure as your name is North. He was the meanest and toughest war chief that ever lived , and it's ) a good thing that he's killed. " "How did you boys corner hunV asked the captain. "The old rascal's horse gave out , and , falling behind , the Pawnees cut him oil' before he knew it. " Till : CIIKVKNXE3 were still lingering in the hills in the vicinity , but Captain North saw that it would be useless to attempt to make a light as his horses were in very iioor con dition. Yet he wanted to punish the Che.yennes. lie accordingly sent a mes senger to General Connor informing him of the condition of the stock and asking for reinforcements. General Connor immediately ordered Colonel Kuld with his six companies of the Michigan cav alry to go out to the captain's support. Meantime Captain North and the Paw nees attempted to get the Cheyennes to niako a stand and light , but every time the Pawnees made any advance on them they would retreat , and when the Paw nees returned to their pOMtion the Chey cnnes would follow them back. Tins was kept up for some time without any light taking place. Finally Captain North formed his scouts into a column and started for camp , this being done to throw the Cheyennes oil' their guard so that they wo'uld remain until the arrival of Colonel Kidd ami his men with fresh horses. After riding about a mile Cap tain North met Colonel Kidd. It was ap parent to the captain that the colonel did not feel like attacking the Indians , it having been reported that if he got into a light some of his own men would kill him. His regiment belonged to the Sixth army corps , which had the best lighting reputation of them all. These men hav ing served through the war , did not have any dcsiro to tight Indians , and they be lieved that their ollicors were to blame for their being compelled to remain in the service and make this campaign. They had also threatened other officers besides Colonel Kidd. Ho certainly was placed in an unpleasant position and Captain North being fully aware of all the circumstances , determined to relieve him of his embarrassment if possible. "Colonel , if you will give me a fresh mount of horses for my men I'll go back and whip those Cheyennes , " said the captain , "but I can't do anything with my plaved-out horses , " "No.'I can't do tlut,1' replied the col onel , "because the men have become so attached to their horses that they would be unwilling to let anybody have thorn. " "Well , then , " said Captain North , who could hardly restrain his feelings of in dignation at the colonel , "I'll send some of my best men with you to show you where the Indians are , so that you can get a light wit [ > thorn. . " "Very rt'oll1 replied the colonel. The captain accordingly detailed Lieu tenant Muroy and a few of his best mounted men to accompany Colonel Kuld's command , while hu returned to camp with the remainder of the Pawnees and reported the day's proceedings to General Connor , giving him to under stand that Colonel Kidd could easily gain a victory over the Choycnnes. On arriving at Dry Crock Colonel Kidd sent Lieutenant Muroy and his scouts , and one of his own olllcers , a captain , across the ravine with orders to ascend the hill on the opposite side and looatu the Choyennees exactly , after which tlioy were to return as soon as possible and rupert - port the situation to him. Lieutenant Murey promptly followed the directions ami on gaining the summit of the hill hi discovered the three bands of C'hoyennei- on the other side , concentrated on a little Hat , ready for a light and awaiting an attack. It was now nearly dusk , anil Lieutenant Murey and his men hurriodl.v rotnrned to thu crook. Suddenly tin lieutenant discovered far oil1 in thu diroo' lion of the fort a column of dust , hurdl\ visible through the approaching dark ness. He know not what to make of it , but crossed thn creek or ravine am reached the spot whuro ho had been ordered dored to report to Colonel Kl'ld. ' Tlu command had disappeared from tin place , and Lieutenant Murey , npoi closer observation , saw that the colunir of dust was being raised by Colone Kidd and his troops , who were- riding back to camp on a gallop. Lioutonan : Muroy and his scouts were astonishci and Know not what to make of such A STItANUK rilO'iii : : > I.Ml , There was nothing for them to do but U rut urn to camp , which they did , riding slowly in all the way. LiontonantMuroj at once reported the a Hair to Cuptaii No-tli , who ordered him to report in per son to General Connor , which he accord ingly did before ho retired for the night The general listened to him , inanifostlu ; considerable surprise at Colonel Kidd'i conduct , but not saying much boyoiu asking a few questions. Thu next morning t.hn whole commant was 10 move down the Tongue nVor. A an early hour General Connor sent won to all the company commanders and or dercd thorn to report to bin ) at once They all soon appeared on horseback a his headquarters. He mounted his iiorsi and said , "Follow mo. " Tlioy i-oJi down to Camp Connor , distant two nulea where Colouel Kidd and his recimen were building the pot. GencrnlCouno rode up to the sentry and nadf ! "Is Col onel Kidd in III * quarters. " "Ho LS" replied the sentry. "Give him niy complements and ton liim that General Connor wishes to see him at once , " said the .gtjneral. The ollieers all remained on their horses , Colonel Kill , who had not arisen , hastily dressed nimsolf upon being awakened by the sentry , and soon ap peared before the general who proceeded tti a cool but polite manner to reprimand him for his abandonment of Lieutenant Muroy. Ho told him , nmongolhorthiiigs , that ho was not tit to command troops or bo in the army in anycapaclty as UK WAS A. COWAHI ) ; that under any other circumstances lie would have eourtmartialed him for cow ardice , but this was impossible then as the command had been otdored out for the Tongue river campaign , and was al ready on the move. "That's all , sir.1' said the general in conclusion , and then ho and his olllcers turned and Irft him without oven bidding him "good mornIng - Ing , " the very movement being in Mich a way as to express the general's con tempt of him more forcibly than could have been done by woids. The object of General Connor in having the captains present on this occasion was to make the reprimand as humiliating to Colonel Kidd as possible , as well as to impress upon the ollleers the disgrace that they might expect in case they should ever conduct themselves in such a cowardly manner. General Connor and thn cap tainsupon leaving Colonel Kuld , rejoined the command which had moved out of camp and was proceeding down Tongue river. On the fifth day's inarch a large Indian trail on the Piuos creek was dUcovurcd. It led oft" to the west , and judging from the usual signs it was evidently about twenty days old , and was made by a party of from 1,500 TO ! 2,000 INDIANS. General Connor was anxious to follow the trail , but at the same time thought It advisable before starting oil' with the whole command on what might prove a wild goose chase to scout the country to some extent , and ho accordingly or dered Captain North to take ten Pawnee scouts and six days'rations and follow the trail to the. Rosebud , while the command would move down the crook to its junc tion with Tongue river and there remain in camp until ! the captain's return , or until word was received from him. Captain North immediately started out with ton men on the trail , following it for twenty-live miles. Just about noon he noticed that one of the scouts had dropped behind some little distance , and was earnestly looking ahead as if he had discovered something The scout soon signalled to the captain to come back. He halted his men and rode back to the scout , who directed him to look at some objects winch appeared like buffaloes. The captain took his Held glass and making a careful observation ho pio- nouuecd the objects to bo horses , and tlniii handing the glass to the scout told him to take a lool * . The scout did so , and declared the objects to be horses and In dians. The captain thereupon resumed the march , following the trail down through a little ravine into the valley of Tongue" river. By riding alternately in the body of the ereek and through the brush they succeeded in working their way , without being discovered , to a point from which they could see the Indian camp. They were yet too far on" , however , to tell how inany lodges there were , or to calculate in any other way the si/.e of the camp. In order to obtain this IMI'OHTANT 1NKOUMATION' Captain North ordered two of the Paw nees to crawl as near to the villaue as possible and ( hid out how maii.y tepees there wore. These two Pawneoh'iinmedi- ately stripped themselves and started upon their dangerous trip. They wont into the creek aiicl followed it under the banks until they came close to the csimp. They came so near to a squaw that they could almost touch her by reaching over thebank. In three-quarters of an hour they returned in safety and reported to Captain North that it was A LAIIOK t'AMlV The captain hastily wrote a note to Gen eral Connor informing him of the dis covery , and asking him to send forward all the Pawnees and one company of cav alry , with which force ho would attack the Indians. He detailed two of the Pawnees with the. host horses to carry this note to General Connor. Ho ordered them to ride for dear life , and to start as soon as they could without being dis covered. "Make the best time possible , it doesn't matter if you kill tlie horses , " said Captain North , as they started oil' . Captain North was now left with only eight men. They kept themselves se creted all afternoon in the brush , and closely watched the Indian camp. The neighing of a horse or tin ; snapping of a stick might , at any moment , havn led to their discovery , and in that event there would have buon no hope of any of thorn escaping. It was indeed a perilous posi tion , and when darkness sot in they quiet ly moved down the stream six miles to a safer location. During the night Captain North watched anxiou-dy for the trno ; which ho hnil stilt fr.r. and ho posted pickets on both sides of the creek to keep a sharp look-out. The captain and his men remained awake all nigiH holding their horses in readiness for instant action if necessary. Just at break of day some Pawnees were discovered approach ing in the distance , and in a few minutes tlioy rode up to Captain North , who had hailed them from his place of conceal ment. They informed him that Gen eral Connor was on the way himself with tour hundred man and two pieces of artillery. In answer to an inquiry of the captain , they stated that the cause of de lay was duo to the fact that General Con nor had moved twenty-five miles farther down the river than iio had ( irst intended in order to got bettor grass for his horses , This made the round trip lifty miles longer for the messengers to ride , as well as a longer march for the troops , who had .just gone into camp when the mes sengers reached them. The general , upon learning that the hostile camp WMSH very largo one , decided to go in person and take witli him about four limns the number of troops asked for by Captain North , and it proved a most fortunate thing that ho did , for the hostiles could have completely annihilated the small force which the captain had sum for , The Pawnees claimed afterwards that tills was another proof ( Tiat the Great Spirit hovered over Captain North with a protecting eye. In the course of half an hour General Connor appeared in sight with his com maud , and on being joined by Captain North ho asked , as it anxious to got at the hostilcs without any delay , "How far is the village from heroS" "About six miles , " was the roply. "Show us the way , Captain , and lot us push tin , " said the ironorul ' , notwithstand < in } ' the troops Imif'niarchod sovoiity-livt miles since tliov had had any rest. Captain North at ouco started ajioail with his scouts , leading the wivcautioiis : < ly along the bottoms , through the wll < lows and in the river bed , He brought the whole command toi point wiihin three-quarters of a mile of TIIK INDIAN VIU.AOr. buforo they wera discovered. Then tliej had to move into iho open plains , theii sudden ami unexpected appearance cans ing great commotion in the Indian camp , which , an was 'afterward * learned , con * sisted ot 2flO lodges or about 1,600 persons of whom r > 00 wore warders , the ham1 being under command of old Bluok Hear , a noted Arapahoe chief. The Indians al .rushed for their horsus , an.d General Con nor immediately ordered a charge. Tlu next moment the troops went galloping Into the Indian village , creating the lit most .cohettoniHtion unit dismay , Tlu bucks abandoned their lodges and Hod 1) ) every direction , leaving the squaws am Children to look out for themselves. Tin troops followed the : Indians for ( ift.eon miles into the Mlg Horn mountains and killed ItW warriors. Illctides these them we're quite a ntimber'of sqliuwn mid chil dren , killed liy the Pawnee , Omaha and Wlunebago scout" , notwithstanding tho. strict orders or General Connor that no squaws or children wore to be killed. Hut the scouts did their work at limes When they were not observed by the soldiers , who were Piijr.iged in sending the warriors to tl/n / ' happy limiting ground , and therefore Iho action of the scouts could not be avoided. Tim soldiers relumed to the village about one o'olocK ill' ' thf- afternoon , and the surviving Arapahoey. who had finally gathered together , followed them back and stationed thomsf Ivos In the timber on the opjiosile bank of the river with a view of picking oft" tin- men as they were engaged In dostroj ing the lodges and col lecting the plunder. General Connor ac cordingly brought the artillery into ser vice , and from a slight elevation over looking the village , lie shelled the Indians out of the timber. They * were com pelled to withdraw to a saii'distanco , lint they nevertheless annoyed the troops considerably by circling around thn camp , anil every now ami then making a dash within gunshot and liriug \olloy. . Thn village was a very rich one. The plunder was so tempting that while the running tight of the morning was going on , n great many of the Pawnees and a large number of the white soldiers dropped back ami commenced to gather up tni ! spoils ami to hunt straggling squaws and children in the brush. This action greatly incensed General Connor who afterwards very appropriately pun ished the men for their greedy conduct. ' 1'he whole command now having been concentrated , the work of burning and DChTiioviNd TIM : vn.i.Ain ; was begun , and in the course of an hour the Humes had wiped out the camp. The scouts then rounded up all the horses and mules , and when the count was made it was found that there were 7511. The soldiers loaded the animals with the plunder captured in the village. Every thing now being In readiness , the. com mand started , between two and three o'clock , an the return march for the wagon traineverybody being elated with the victory , which hail 'been won with the loss of only one man killed a Winno- bigo : scout. There were thirteen wound ed , one of whom-- ! ! sergeant of thesigmil corps afterwards died. The enemy , as already staled , lost 10J warriors killed , also a large number of squaws and chil dren killed , and seventeen squaws taken prisoners. The command reached the camp on the Tongue river at about two o'clock in the morning , having traveled twelve hours without rest or food. At about ten o'clock in the morning General Connor issued an order for all the troops who had boon engaged in the light to bring out all their plunder andpil-oit ii ) ) in front of their respective company quarters. Tli3 order was promptly com plied with , and an immense quantity of plunder was piled up. The Pawnees in cluded in their pilu about sixty scalps which they had captured in the light , Of course , it was supposed that General Connor intended to'have ' everything dis tributed among the victors , as lie had done on a previous occasion , but this was farthorosl from his . 'thoughts , The men were greatly astonished , therefore , as well as mo"rtilicd-whou | ? after they had been drawn up in 'lino ' , General Connor addressed them in terms of the Sl.VKKKST fVlNlircSINATlON for their conduct 'in hhving abandoned the light to a grcU : extent in older to plunder the village. ' He gave them a ter rible scoring , his remarks , however , being intended only for those who lie- served the reprimand , lie concluded by saying , "To punish you for this tin- soldieriiko conduct. ! propose to destroy everything that you have taken. " He at once ordered n guard of twelve soldiers , whom he had selected for the purpo1 , to tet lire to the various piles of stun" , and in half an hour it was all destroyed. Among the articles burned up were a line lot of trinkets and a large number of butl'ulo robes. General Connor's order was quite gen eral , but ho made a few exceptions in favor of the Pawnees and some of the white soldiers. When the ( lames had subsided he passed along the line of the Pawnees , and selecting those who had done gallant service in the light , told them to go to tlut bunch of captured horses , in the corral , and pick out the best ones for themselves , e.ich man to take only one horse. General Connor now sent for the squaw prisoners. When they were brought out , he succeeded in'rinding some of them who could talk the Sioux language , and through Nick , lamsse , the Sioux interpreter , they stated that they were Arapahocs , and gave a detailed statement concerning their band. Gen eral Connor then said to them , " 1 am going to send you buck to your people. 1 will allow you to pick out horses for yourselves , and will give yon some to bacco which L want you to pre.-entto Hlack Hour as a peace olloriug. and tell him that if he ana his people will return < < > Fort Luramie within the next thirty days we will not molest them , but if ho does not do this , we will take up the trail at the end of thirty days and massacre them all. " The squaws immediately proceeded to thn corral and picked out the horses which had belonged to their families , and being supplied with a , few days' rations , they left the camp and took the trail up Tongue river to join their people. They took with thorn also letters from General Connor totno commanding otllcor at Fort Laramie , asking him to receive the Arapahocs and hold them until his return to that post. [ TO i : cosTiNt'iU ) NKXT SUNDAY. ] An Actor 'Courtesy to ft Trnln Boy Chicago Herald : Of course , wherever two or three or more men have gathered together during the past week Kdwin Uooth has been the topic before the sepa ration camo. I fell in with several of these and all quite a ree that Mr. Hooth is Iho greatest tragedian. Kd Walsh was one oftho coterie. "I was on the train which brought Hooth into the city. Some distance out his car was put in the middle of our train. 1 had occasion to pass through , by permission. A train boy also passed through with his apples nud peanuts. The con ductor of the car dtpppod the boy and told him he couldn't pass theough. The boy insisted , ami arow was imminent. Mr. Hooth got up from Ids seatand going over to the conUuntor said : "I under stand ; this boyV business calls him through the train. It Is no fault of his that this coach luus been thus placed. Let him pass through whenever ho wishes. It is his btibiness to dp BO and his way of making a living.1 ; "And you think from that that Hooth is a great actor , " said bystander. "Well , " Walsh retorted , " 1 think that was a great act of itself , " A Priest Killed at tlin Altar , Pall Mall Gazette : The tragic death of Father Kavunngh has caused a grei'.t sen sation in Dublin , where he was well known ns one of the most prominent and eminent clergymen of the Irish Catholic chiiroh. Later particulars Irom ICildaro show that his death was not caused by the fall of the , altar , but by the full of a statue which stood above the altar. On being struck by the statue the unfortun ate priest fell backward , his head strik ing u marble step , Intlicting a fearful wound , to which ho succumbed in about an hour. The melancholy event caused thn greatest excitement among the wor shippers. U was through the interven tion of the deceased that a settlement was etleotod between the Duke of Lulnbter and his tenantry at n critical period in the land agitation. Ho tYns a prominent figure In almost every Irish movement of importance. t-l GKREJ.A.a , : : And G eneral Household Goods. This elegant stock will be sold at % the cost , and IT WILL PAY YOU 1317 and 1319 Douglas Street. IN THE LAP OF THE CZAR Au Imperial Despotism Portified at Every Poiut. An Anomalous , Contradictory and Blest Intel ostinc 1'onplc An Unseen but ( 'aliifully Felt KsplomtgR Kxercksucl Everywhere. Domas liarnes in Brooklyn Eagle : Hus- sia is a sphinx. She may not inaptly bo compared to a great bee-hive , with walls so thick that to outsiders a .sound is sel dom heard , while with'.u is tin intensely active population whoso occupation is not merely to gather pollen from Cossack roses on their own vast plains , but whoso pinions are capable of Hying from the Ulack sea on the eolith to the Arctic ocean on the north , and from the German em pire in the west of Europe to Ilchriiig straits of eastern Asia. Neither is the imperial stomach gorged by swallowing small provinces on her own borders , but she gulps down , apparently without dis comfort , whole nations , like Poland , Turkestan , and Finland , and now , judg ing from appearances , she is about to es tablish herself on the Persian gulf. A cordon of sentinels guard her frontier at every point , and censors control the press , inspect telegrams and overhaul the mails. Tile gage of railroad tracks is broken at frontier towns , so that no car or its commodities can enter or leave the territory without scrutiny. Even her lan guage is a bar to intercourse. Tlo llus- shin alphabet contains tlurtv-six charac ters , partly Greek , partly Koiiian and partly eompo.sit. Seeing my own mime written in Hnssian I could not read it. The multiple vowels and peculiar consonant sounds ellectu- ally prevent a foreigner from understand ing a word when pronounced , and it is impossible for a foreigner to inquire for a person , town , street or number a bad place to bo lost in. The Russian diction ary contains over 00,000 words. Poetry in such a diluted language would seem to lack that epigrammatic terseness which is essential to convoy force and emphasis. To describe such a people tinder such conditions and at n single sitting is im possible , It would require a local resi dence for years and the entire space of twenty newspapers to convoy anything like an adequate idea of the Russian em pire the country and Its people , to say nothing of its history. lean only rolled n few surface observations. To do thlsin the briefest manner may carry me I do not know whore , I entered Russia from the north. It would have made no dill'cronco hud it been from the cast , the south or the west. Russia is fortified on nil sides , not alone by fortresses and guns , but by n secret espionage which , without being able to locate or describe , is felt , and one in sensibly proceeds with caution. One is not permitted to leave a car or a bout or to enter a hotel , or again to leave a city without showing a passport , and having It duly endorsed , lint more auon. Cronstadt is the seaward sentinel of St. Petersburg ! ! . Seven islands in the mid dle of a wide , shallow bay , the islands covered by immense forts , and the chan nel to bo traversed by vessels winding bo- twfcn them , create an impression that this is not one of Russia's weak points. Indeed , one look into the throats of those frowning guns convoys an idea of im pregnability. The next impression of strength made upon my mind was by the extent of Russia's wheat fields , It has so happened that I followed the harvest ing of cercas ) through Belgium , Denmark - mark , Sweden 'and parts of Russia. From the English channel to the L'ral mountains , and , ! umleratuud. far beyond thorn , It seemed to bo n nearly unbroken field of yellow grain , Am'orioa ' bus no longer it corner on wheat. The average crop of the United States U about twelve bushels per aoro. If Russia , by reason of poor farming , averages eicut bushels per aero , eho cao , I thinoowjnij to the cheap of her land and labor , undersell us. Apparently , she has enough wheat bar vested this year to feed the entire world. St. Petersburg may well bo styled the Magnificent cit.y of flic Neva. The streets arc broad , buildings massive , parks num erous , museums interesting , and its mon- umontsgrand. I have endeavored to re frain from giving space for reference to pictures , statuary , churches , architec ture , and art. which most travelers de scribe with minuteness. But a part of the charm and bloom of eastern countries would be wanting were the esthetic wholly eliminated from what I say. Political institutions develop varied civilizations. In Russia , largely in Ger many and England , and in all old coun tries , it is difficult , and in some of them it is impossible for a young man to change his vocation from that of his father , or from the occupation in which he first started in his effort to gam a liveli hood. Once a cobbler , always a cobbler. Manufacturing privileges are largely farmed out , titles are inherited , and pub lic works are carried on by favored agont.s of the governments. He.ncc the superi ority of eastern art , continental cookery , and oriental architecture. It is not un usual to meet the best talent of those countries represented in hole ! porters , as chiefs in kitchens , and as paiuletvi of Madonnas and chisclors of imnges. In our country the same men would bo con ducting manufacturing establishments , building railroads , managing banks , anil serving as legislators in the United States senate. 1 must therefore mention Rus sian art only refer to it ; nothing more. in irout of the Hermitage Miiscnni tSt. Petersburg are ton monolith Sibe rian marble statues supporting the portico tico , each of which is lifteoii feel high , fully developing in the most ideal man ner Herculean strength. In this great depository of natural wealth , among many other things , is a solid jasper vase ten feet broad , sixteen feet long and about ton feet high. St. Isaac's cathedral has four equal fronts in the form of a cross. At ouch of the facades project great portico * supported by double rows of monolith columns seven feet in diam eter and sixty feet high sixty-four in nil. Sublimely beautiful , and. in ellect upon the mind not unlike tlint produced by a view of the Egyptian pyramids , The river Nova is hero about a half a mile wide. It is crossed by ton bridges , lighted by gas or electricity. Soon in the evening , with miles of similar light rolleeted in the water from the quays made busy by hurrying crowds of men , women and vehicles , the sight is one of exceptional beauty. Driving in the streets of St. Petersburg is some thing to bo remembered. The private carnages aao line barouches , quite like our own , nud generally urawn by black Tartarian or Bulgarian stallion horses , Thcsoanimals have long manes and tails and are driven at n rate of speed that would maKe the commis sioners of Central nark stare and clear the concourse of people in a short time. The drosky Is a small four wheeled , one horse carriage , very low in the body , seating two passengers , and a driver in front. All drivers wear long snrloiit coats reaching to their feet , plaited over thu hips and bustled behind , The cap Is low , broad on ton , with a curved rim , ex actly like that of n gentleman's stoyopipo hat , Around the top of the hat are at tached several small quills or feathers , in numbers according to the Cossack or provincial rank of the driver. The bar- ness is made of very small ploeos of strong leather. It la attached to the car nage or wagon by double traces , one to the whillletree , and one at the end of the nxlotree outside of the hub an extra pre caution against accidents. Over the horse's shoulders and his collar is raised nn ornamental ox bow , about twenty inches in height. Within and on this bow are arranged pretty tassels and small belld. In .Moscow horses attached to omnibuses , hotel cone lies und private carriages arc driven four abreast. Being conveyed from the depot ! | i one ot tliosu oriental equipages one fools as it he or she were entering the chariot races of the Olympian feats.- Pnns nas its Versailles , Berlin its Pots dam , and St. Petersburg its'Putorholl' It U said , that the palaces , garden * * andl of ( he jirst-iiaiuud place cost Louis' XIV.in other words , cost the peo- -pie of France JL'iUO.OUO.OOO. 1 do not doubt it. It is not an easy matter to obtain fuels pertaining to the folly of Russian imperialism , but it is safe to say that at Poterholl'enough money has boon wasted upon ornate palaces , artificial rivers , tumbling cascades , and spouting foun tains to create a rebellion anywhere ex cept under a tyrannical government. Walking or driving for the distance of u mile in.mediately underneath the fifty- foot plateau , upon which the palaces are located , the prisms of watei rise from out of all imaginable kinds of artistic figures , and sheets of water tumble from cascade steps of silver and gold , enter subterranean channels , and again raise their sparkling columns in aerie ! llights below our feet , und then proceed on their way to the sea. There are literally thousands of these fountain jets. They are very beautiful but who pays the lulls ? I have seen barefooted Russian men following a cow hitched tea a forked stick for a plow , undertaking lo prepare their land for wheat , while their food was boiled weeds and their beds bundles ol straw. I have seen women barefooted , of course threshing their little stacks of wheat and rye with a llail upon the hare ground as a threshing- floor ; or , again , others of them taking handfuls of grain and whippiiur the heads over the edge of a board for a thrashing-machine , while still others would throw the grain in the air for the wind , nsta fanning-mill , to blow away the chair. Then I have seen those poor creatures with baskets upon their backs and a strap across their foreheads carry ing this grain for miles to the market town to buy , perchance , n few yards of calico for baby's gown , but mostly to obtain some rubles and copecks , for what ? to | > ay for the magnificent palaces and the perfumed fountains at Pctcrhon" , which they have never beheld. More than this. 1 have seen stalwart men ami comely women carrying their bundles and marching between soldiers on their long-1,000 miles journey to Siberia and death , their crimes being the world's old story protesting against taxation with out representation. Not A I'm I it to Flulit Duels , Now. Pall Mall Ga/ctto : An amusing story has been going the round of the French papers , respecting a general whoso re cent duelling exploits have excited some amusement noth In Fnglaud and on the continent. This worthy brave is said to be possessed ot an extraordinary coal of mail. Ouo day , so the story goes , Gen eral sent for a clever artisan In Paris , and demanded of him whether he would engage to nihko a coat o ( mail , to bo worn under thu ordinary dress , which should bo absolutely sword and bullet proof. The man promised to do us re quested , naming 111,000 francs as the price of it. The bargain was speedily eon- eluded , and in duo time the article was brought round to the gouural's house. The general took jt UP , carefully ex amined it , and , turning to the man , told him to pal it on , The man did as hu was liid , "As you guarantee Iho oflicaey of your coat , you will have , I presume , no objec tion to 1115 * testing it , " dnly remarked the general , and before the astonished iirtirtiin could protest , he took a brace of pistols and discharged them. Half dead with four , the man stood the lire , and. to the great credit of his workmanship , with complete Impunity. IJut the general waH not content with one trial. He fired the pooopd pistol at thu hack of the man , and afterward dlu- charged a fowlingp.eco al him with sim ilar ulfect , or rather non-elTeot , Ho also tried in vain to pierce the coat with a sword. The gallant general was so de lighted with his new Kirmont that he handed the artisan two chucks for ID.OOOfr. , the llrst being the sum ngrecit I on. and the second cheek in compensa tion for thu fright ho had given him. A 'leer , described ns a beautiful speci men of la ? kin.il.joinc.il a herd of COWH . .thatere buini driven homo by a Mr Alobiu , of AhlandN. , II. , ami permitted her Jo Kocuro hiiu after ho had walked ulollie barn.