Martha I. Griffith
ABOUT THB CAPITOL Governor Northen was at the Mortal uater day for the first time in several days. He has been attending the state Baptist con - veution at Hawkinsville, aad the net from omciai cares and duties was Just what hat health needed. "I feel a hundred net cent better." he said yesterday, "and several rears younger than I oio ten days ago. ABOUT WIDOWS* HtnOH. About 400 pension claims have been received at the executive department to date, and of mat numDertveu— or about nine - tenths— have been passed up. They are coming in now at the rate of 100 a day. And Still aonlica Hons come in from the or dinaries for more blanks. Jrulton county rot fiftv more vesterdav: Gwinnett wrote for twenty - five man, Walton for twenty - five, Sumter thirty. Chattooga fifteen, Heberaham ten, Clarke twenty - five, nutans twelve, Fottyth twenty - five, Wilkinson ten. Of the applcations received an unexpectedly large per cent are clearly good claims. "In about nine - tenths of the cases examined so far," said Captain Tip Harrison yesterday, the husbands wen either killed in battle or died during the war." Of coarse then an all sorts of cases— most of them tales of misery and suffering and sor - One application received yesterday, for ex ample, was from a widow who has resided in Georgia since 1801. She was married in December. 1822. Her husband was a member of Company C, Twenty - seventh Georgia, named miey Mem tt. lie .performed active service in the army of Northern Virginia until the 1st day of October. 1863. when he dronoed out. too exhausted to move on. He was left by the roadside, and never heard of afterwards. Then then an widows who wen brides of a few weeks or days only when their husbands marched off, never to return. The books this year will show more than 4,000 cases entitled to pensions— widows - whose nosDands died more than twenty - five years ago and who hare never married again. Some few of the applications an made at hazard, apparently with no knowledge of the terms of the law. For example, the widow of John Shiner, of Worth county, goes on to say ot her husband : "While in such service he contracted lung disease, and from the effects of which he was never able to do a day's work of manual labor, but by careful medical attention he lived until 1889, when he was killed by lightning while out on the plantation, and trying To protect himself from rain by taking shelter under a This is the official endorsement : Executive Depabtment, Atlaitta, April 10, 1891.— The applicant is not entitled to a pension. The ordinary is most respectfully requested not to send such claims as this to this department. It only tends to call in question other claims from the county. This lady has no men claim for pension than if her husband had died in 1850. W. H. Harbison, Secretary Executive Department Mrs. Martha I. Griffith, of Douglas county, says of her husband that "he was captured at Vicksburg, Miss., and paroled and returned home on or about July 22, 1863; and while at home on said parole, and waiting to be exchanged, he was murdered by one Zeb Bain water on the 22d day of August, 1863. The said Rainwater having bought from this deponent a saddle belonging to her said husband (G. W. Griffith) for one bushel of corn, she being almost on sufferance ; and the said G. W. Griffith, when he returned home as above stated, offered to pay said Rainwater for said corn, and which said Rainwater refused to accept said pay, when said G. W. Griffith instituted proceedings in justice court and recovered possession of said saddle ; and said Rainwater waylaid the road, and upon said Griffith's return home from said trial, and with a knife cut his, the said George W. Griffith's, throat."