Hugh Cameron walks to Brooklyn

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or receiver, and - will all not al - for do Y. oa to or as thtf GENERAL HUGH CAMERON. A PEREGR1NATOR. AND ADMIRER OF GEORGE WASHINGTON. He Has a Good War Record, Has Tramped the Country Over and Recites Recites Poetry by the Yard Opposed to Free Silver. General Hugh Cameron la In town. This information information is not. calculated to startle the average Brooklynite because, unfortunately, the average Brooklynite is not aware ot the general's wonderful career, and the still more marvelous one he is planning for his future. General Cameron first became known to the Eastern public at the picnic of the striking tailors a few Sundays ago, when he delivered several impromptu speeches and was alternately alternately mistaken for Bloodgood Cutter and the late lamented Captain Denton of badge and banner fame. In truth, the general has the leading characteristics that have made those two men famous and also possesses qualities that are all his own. General Cameron, in the first place, is a fine looking man, 71 years old. He has preferred to tramp to Brooklyn from his home in Topeka, Kan., rather than ride, save when now and then he could lm - GENERAL HUGH CAMERON, Who Walked From Topeka, Kan., to This City. press the principles he advocates on tho mind of some good farmer" who happened to be driving his way. The general attracted unusual unusual attention wherever he went. He car - , cied a banner, upon which was a large engraving engraving of George Washington and several precepts from the speeches of the Father of our country. To these the general has added many maxims of his own, and the following verso In explanation: George Washington foresaw the end And in his (treat fare - wall address Warn - ed us against the godless trend That never did a nation blees. If we've been faithful, prudent, true, Observed with care his good advice, Why do we sometimes have In view The change from beef to rats and rice? " Let Washington's precepts and examples be carefully followed by the press and the people and let his private virtues and patriotic ardor animate the sons and daughters of the United States universally to the remotest generation. The bearer of the banner has an object in making this display, and it was to learn this object that an Eagle reporter hunted him up. General Cameron is no ordinary crank. He is a shrewd, humorous and intelligent American, American, who knows the Constitution, the Declaration Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation by heart. He has studied the history of the western hemisphere carefully and knows it from the landing of the first man recorded to the disturbing strikes and financial difficulties of the day. His language is unusually good and he throws in a rhyme now and then, while a merry twinkle in his eye leads the flippant listener to wonder upon upon whom the joke really is. But the general tells his own story best, and it is a curious one. "I am known as the Kansas Hermit," said he the other day, as he sat in a chair where an Eagle artist could catch his expression. "My farm at Topeka Is named Benjamin Harrison, after the man who signed the Declaration ot Independence. That's a document that, should bo taught in the schools like the alphabet. alphabet. This nation is being badly ruled and ruined because the people will not take matters matters Into their own hands; and a glass of beer and a cigar will buy them off. But we'll talk about that later on. I was born in Perth, Fulton County, N. Y., in October, 1S26, and at 19 years of age I was on my way for a walk to Washington, the capital city. "For a walk to me Was fun, you see. "I can get those rhymes off by the bushel. Not poetry, you know, but just rhymes to impress impress the people. 'Always catch on by rhymes when you can't by heavy talk. "Well, down in Washington I was appointed collector in the treasury department when Fillmore was President, Taylor having died. Now, just previous to being collector I was suspected of being connected with the slave abduction by the underground railway. What was that? Well, now that's Just what makes me go round with my banners. Just to recall to the minds of the people the things in their history history they should know. The underground railway was not a railway at all, but a party of men who abducted slaves, spirited them away, you know, and lost them. William T. Chaplain was the leader in this organization of daring men and he boarded in the same house with me. They discovered he had something to do with this scheme and he was thrown into jail before I knew what it was all about. He was a fine fellow and I visited him, innocently enough, while he was in prison and that led to my being accused of being in collusion with him. They couldn't prove anything, of course, but I lost a mighty fine place as professor of mathematics, in the Ridenhouse Academy. You wouldn't think t was so clever, perhaps." A queer, quizzical smile came into the old man's eyes as he glanced first at the reporter and then at the homespun clothing he wears, and stroked his long gray beard for a moment. moment. "Well," the general continued, "I was not long without work, for I was put in the treasury department. Daniel Webster was secretary of state then and the Kansas - Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska bill was passed. I went to Kansas, took up farming and became a 'bullwhacker " as they call the ox drivers there. When the war broke out I got the fever, left my business business and volunteered as a private soldier, took recruiting papers and raised a large number of troops. Then I became a lieutenant and was afterward captain In the Second Kansas Cavalry. Served about two years in that capacity capacity and then I was detailed as assistant recruiting officer to help General Phelps get together the Second Arkansas Cavalry. That ended in my a lieutenant - colonel. Two years more I served in that regiment. Then I commanded a brigade at Holly Springs, Miss., and after the close of the war was brevetted colonel and brigadier - general, so you see there's no fake about my title. "Why do I carry the banner and picture of Washington? Say, now, there's a good reason for that. Are you a shorthand man? Well, just take this down." The general struck an attitude with one eye on the artist and rattled off the following llko a campaign orator: "I have long since discovered discovered that tho articles of American citizenship citizenship are disregarded by those in authority, the men that the common people feed and clothe and support in every way. At Washington Washington I went into the capital, looking very much like tho picture your artist has taken. Thero I was assaulted by a capltol policeman, that is, a policeman of the capitol, for ho was not a capital officer. I responded to his attack as I think he deserved, and rebuked him, and then ho laid violent hands on me. Ho tore my old soldier coat and in contempt of sovereign citizenship and in sacrilege of my G. A. R. badge, ho shoved me into the caboose. caboose. Here I was detained for an hour or two, was subjected to a sort of trial, a mock proceeding nnd was banished, escorted to the limits of the grounds by an officer of tho court and told never to return under penalty of imprisonment. "What was the charge? Ha! That's It. It was never stated and the names of my accus ers were never revealed. Now the object of carrying tho banner Is to strengthen and extend extend tho desire to cultivate and inculcate proper respect for those who made and maintained maintained the United States a powerful and re spectable nation, and also to have the men and women put the women .flrat. as thp?1 - suuuiu ue iu nave) mo women uuu xuuu ju - spirited by this example to put aside their slavery and make liberty and progress possible.'' possible.'' i The general leaned hack In his chair an4 with a sigh "I think that parents are), not honored In Brooklyn, nor age respecter, according to the word. I think that little glrla are less liable to throw stones and sticks at the Kansts hermit than the little boys. I think that the black men, Judging from my personal observation have a higher regard, reverence and respect for age than the white man, and, inasmuch as most of my peregrinations peregrinations have been within the hours of 5 la the morning and 9 at night, which covers the whole day, I think I can safely say that there are few native American citizens lit' Brooklyn or New York. I have not met. one in one hundred that could talk plain English and 1 have asked nearly every one I met some question to determine how many people are foreign born. All the gangs of men employed uy ituuiic wuma mm rauiroaas are toreign ana mostly Italian." Having thus disposed of the elty the general struck another attitude and the pleasant smilo gave place to a stern look as he raised his arm, and waving his hand said: "I think the sentiments of the American who expressed himself In the undying" American words, 'Give me liberty or give me death,' is being revived by the people In all its sublimity and lurriuieiiB - a. merti is a aisposition among those starving tailors to suffer death rather than return to slavery. That disposition - is heroism.'' tnis neroism would not. be put to a test.' "I do no think there Is anything in ; this - silver issue for the people,' - ' he went on. "I look upon Bryan as a very bright man, who may be innocent, honest and earnest in all his platitudes, and I would not. liko to say more about him than that. But - 'it silver was made legal tender at 16 to i What ' would prevent the plutocrats owning all tha mines?" Resting one arm on a desk and bringing, his hand down with a slap on his knee the gen - read this through." The general handed ' the writer tho following circular: The C. K. (Copper Knights), a union of men and women tho object of which Is to strengthen' and extend the desire to cultivate and inculcate, proper respect for the conspicuous private virtues and patriotic ardor of the fathers and signers and their immortal Declaration of Independence, for the Constitution and flag of the United States, the rlSThtS Of American citlenitn nn tlio mn and women who stand by the "Good Ola Plow." The trend of the C. K. will be to put all ths products of labor, Including gold and silver, on the parity which impartial justice requires and to make those who stand by the "Good Old Plow" mie - htler than the hnllnt tinv nti1 In tti halls of legislation than the almighty $. Anyone can Join tho C. K. by signing the following declaration and sending It to General Hugh Cameron, headqunrters C. K.. Carpenter court, Washington. D. C. : DECLARATION OF MEMBERSHIP. I approve the object and trend of the C. K. and will think ami talk more about them hereafter than I have done In the past. "The object of this circular is in part ironical, ironical, for we wish to show that every argument argument in favor of silver can be made equally forcible in favor of copper. We want no metal and no product of labor discriminated against. But this is a large subject. I have tramped the United States over. I know tho common people. They are greater than is imagined. Look to the future young man and old man. There will be no French revolution here, but there will be a revolution, and that is why I wear a picture of the Father of his Country." Tho general looked for a moment at his picture, smiled, waved an adieu to the little group of interested listeners and started out on .1 twAntv mll tesilli - Kofni - a h, rat - n - rnaft trt the house of his brother, Daniel Cameron, the lawyer, of 901 Lafayette avenue. GRAND ARMY NEWS. The Rev. Mark B. Taylor, pastor of the. Park Congregational Church, chaplain in chief o" the Grand Army of the Republic, Is anxious thait prompt and complete returns as tt the manner In which Memorial day was observed' bo forwarded to him. He desires that, .the reports shall cover not only post observances of the day, but the respect paid lit by residents residents of towns and cities. Post commanders are requested to give tho matter their attention, attention, to see that the reports of post .chaplains are promptly sent to department headquarters. These reports are to be consolidated by the department chaplains and forwarded to Chaplain Chaplain Chaplain - In - Chief Taylor as soon as possible.. : . - The decision of President MeKlnley to attend attend the National Encampment at Buffalo at the invitation of Commander In Chief Clark - son will without doubt make irt one of the largest and most interesting gatherings of veterans of the wajn thirty years. The parade, opening the encampment, will take placo on Wednesday, August 25, and will be reviewed by the President, the secretary of w - ar, navy and interior, and probably by other members cf - the cabinet. The line of march will be less than two miles in length, over streets paved with asphalt and - shaded by large trees. The business sessions will open. The special committee appointed by the memorial ana executive committee, consisting of the chairman, Rueben iRiley, the secretary; George H. Jackson, and Commander Wilson of Rankin Post No. 10, to wait upon Mayor Wurster and request leave of absence for all Grand Army veterans employed by the city, in order that they may attend the national encampment in Buffalo in August, wore courteously received. The mayor looked with favor upon tho request and told the committee to wait upon the commissioners. Theodore B. Willis, commissioner or 'City Works, consented to give all veterans to his department leave of absence. The commissioner commissioner of police will be waited upon to - morrow morrow morrow or Tuesday, and the other heads of departments departments in order. President McKinley'will bo asked to grant a leave to all government employes. G. K. Warren Post, No. 280, will hold' a "clipping party" in Columbia Hall, 1,810 Clinton Clinton street, on Wednesday evening - oext. In addition to the clipping contest refreshments will be provided at a moderate cost, and there uv. u. h - juo, vsiiiimat; ui music, songs, reci tationc, etc. Tho proceeds from the sale - of clipping numbers, ice cream and cake will be added to the benofit fund. Admission is free. The first annual musical and literary entertainment entertainment of Ford Post Women's Relief Corps No. 113, was recently held at Kaiser's Hall, Cauarsie. It proved to be a pleasant and successful successful affair and was under the direction of Mrs. L. Ryder, pre.sldent of the corps. Professor Professor Jeffries was musical director. Among those who took part were the Ermlnie Vocal Quartet, Miss Ryder in a piano solo, ' and Messrs. S. W. Suydam, Fred Mills, W. Atkinson Atkinson Jones, Harris Washburn, Pluquette and Foster. Atkins Lawrence, tho actor, recited "Sherman's March to the Sea." Mr. Kaiser, the proprietor of the hall, provided a collatien rni IVtn anlartqlnnrc tlin ...n - r, . .1. lvji tu in , mo nuuicu ui talc I C lief corps and a number of Grand Army comrades. comrades. an oiucer 01 uie uay s Dauge, nearly new, was found on Flatbush avenue one day last week. It can be obtained by applying to Secretary Secretary Jackson of the Memorial and Executive Committee, Room 14. City Hall. General Benjamin F. Tracy of Rankin Post No. 10 is a delegate at large from this department department to the national encampment at Buffalo in August. The other delegates from this city are as follows: Thomas H. Klernan, Post No. 148; Hugh Duffy, Post No. 11; John' W. Eason, Post No. 10; N. J. Krolner, Post No. 14G; John M. Sangster, Post No. 499; Peter Myers. Post No. 187; C. A. Martin, Post No. 18G; Edward Fahey, Post No. 16. A week from to - day the parade, under the auspices of the Kings County memorial and executive committee of Kings County, Sons of Veterans, will take place to Union Cemetery, Cemetery, having been postponed from June 20. The annual afternoon and evening festival by the sea of Rankin Post No. 10 will take place at Feltman's pavilion, Coney Island, to morrow, mere win do an exniDition arm and musical entertainment by the Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps. The committee is composed of James Whitlock, chairman; Nicholas Lynch, secretary, and J. R. Chtsholm, secretary. secretary. Commander Wilson will also be on hand. The proceeds will be added to the relief relief fund of the post. The next meeting of Abel Smith Post No. 435, James D. Bell, commander, will be held at headquarters, Amphion Building, 441 Bedford Bedford avenue, to - morrow evening. It will be a meeting, commemorative of the deaths of - Comrades Charles A. Schultz, who died February February 0; Hugh Cunningham, April 29: Edwin A. Kennedy, May 21); Azeklel Day, June 10. Tho service, as provided by the ritual, will be rendered by the officers and comrades of the post, assisted by the De Witt Clinton Commandery Band. Luke D. Stapleton will deliver the address ot the evening. The Do Witt Clinton Commandery Field Band Quartet Quartet will render some old time songs. Charier of tlio City oC Now York. Now Is tho tirao to sco what is in tho Charter of New York on all subjects of municipal lute - rent.

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle27 Jun 1897, SunPage 30

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)27 Jun 1897, SunPage 30
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