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'THE REPUBLICAN, •TAlttt AI,G.ONA, THAT YEAST CAKE, -.1 Consternation It Caused in the Meetinef-House. , ATHER!" called Mrs. Dane's thin, piping voice, as the deacon drove put of the yard, "get a yeast cake!" The deacon drove along, so- renoly unconscious, her voice quite drowned in the rattling of the wheels. "Father!" Tbia time it was Georgiana's clear .young voice that cleft the warm evening air, and the deacon twitched sharply on tho lines. "Whoa, there, Dolly! What d'ye want?" looking back through the dusk >at the two figures on the porch. "Got a yeast oakel" responded •Georgiana, in the same clear tones. Her father nodded his head in token that he heard the errand and clucked .sharply to Dolly, who started off again briskly. "Strange why tho women think so •much of them, pesky little yeast cakes; think they can't make bread without •'em," mused the deacon as he drove ..along to the village. "Compressed yeast! My mother nor grandmother never heard of snch a thing, but I believe they made jest as good broad in void times as they do now." Deacon Dane was not a progressive man, you see. "What was good •enough a century ago is good enough -.now," he thought. Fleischman & Co. and a whole army of other inventors 'had lived in vain, as far as ho was con- •cerned. It would have been no un- lieard-of thing if he had forgotten the -'errand, nor would it have troubled him ..greatly; but we are all quite sure to remember the things we would like to *orget, so he bought the yeast-cake at -the store, along with tho gallon of Jkerosene and pound of saloratus, putting the yeast in his coat-pocket. At homo his wife was meanwhile ^busily at work mending his second- .best coat, which he had accidentally •torn badly that day. She found the .garment otherwise in that dilapidated .'condition characteristic of old coats, forcibly reminding one of the classical "one boss shay," and Georgiana coming •out of the parlor, where she had been playing gospel hymns on the organ, iound her mother still at the task. "Don't sew on that black work any more to-night,, mother," she said; "it rtries your eyes too much." "I must, for father will want it to -wear to-morrow; he always goes to •town Saturdays, you know. He had to •wear his meeting coat to-night, and I 3iate to have him wear it so common .and get it full of dust. I didn't s'pose it would take long to mend it, but I .find it out of fix everywhere." "Let me finish it, then," said '•Georgiana; and she fairly took the old •coat away from her mother, who, released from that duty, wont into the kitchen and made ready for setting the bread-sponge. The flour was sifted, the .scalded and cooled milk all ready, and •only waited for the yeast when, the ^deacon should come homo. "Did you get the yeast?" asked Mrs. Dane when her husband came in, after putting up the horse. "Yes, I got it," and he put his hand .in his pocket, but failed to find the yeast-cake. One pocket after another be fished in till he had gone the rounds .of his coat, then his vest, and then his trousers; then went the whole over Again—and a man's pockets are legion. •'It's no use," he said, "Pve lost it .somehow; pulled it out with my handkerchief or something." "Are you sure you bought it?" asked •Georgiana. "Sure? Don't I know? I paid two toents for the little thing, and might as •well have throwe'd my money away. "I'VE LOST IT SOMEHOW." you make bread with milk emp- •tin's, or somethin'? My mother used •to* 1 * •»J shall have to. this time," said Mrs, Pane, "but the compressed yeast is so handy, for I can sot my bread over night, and have it all baked before the heat of the day comes on." "Jt costs somethin' though," pursued Deacon Pane, whose strong point was economy. "Twice 63 is 104, a dollar and four cents every year jest for yeast, even if yai} only use one cake a week! And i tell you it takes % good many bard knacks to earn a dollar!" The ne*fc week profed the very hot* test one of the sea'aon, "a regular aoorcher," and Saturday f eemed, the hottest of all; feftttb§ <?Juirning and baking feaA to he doja^ ^ p^j p the general cleaning up «4fpe^i fg? Sunday} ao it was thing, for jvertaxed nature would take revenge once in awhile. "Georgiana," called the deacon up the stairway, about dix o'clock that warm morning, "yoli will have to get up and get breakfast. Your mother has a headache." Like most damsels of "sweet sixteen," Georgiana hated to rise early, but any ailment of her mother appealed to her at once, and she was soon down-stairs, skimming the milk, getting breakfast and stealing now and then softly into the darkened bedroom to change the wet cloth on her mother's forehead. By nine o'clock the Sunday work was well out of tho way, and Gecrgiana came into the bedroom again. "I'm not going to church to-day, mother; I'll stay at home and take care of you." "Ob! no, dear," said her mother; "it won't bo necessary,' my head is a great deal better, and all I need is quiet. Tommy can't go, anyway,' his too is so 9ore he can't wear his Shoe, and ho can wait on mo all I need." "Then Darwin an*!' I will get ready right away and'go to choir rehearsal. They want to practice some new anthems." An hour later Darwin and Georgiana had gone, when the deacon, washed and shaved, came bustling into tho bedroom. "Where's my meetin' suit?" ho asked. "0, clear! I meant to have had Georg' iana bring it out from the spare bedroom closet. You'll have to get it vour- self." Fooling much abused not to be waited on as usual, the deacon departed in pursuit of his Sunday clothes. "Wife," he said, as he returned with them, "there's an awful smell about that closet; must be a dead mouse in there. You'll have to see to it as soon as you're able." "I will to-morrow;" sighed the poor woman, whose head throbbed afresh with every suggestion of work or care. It was d relief to her when ho was at last dressed and had driven away, leaving the house in quiet to her and Tommy. No memory of tho rank smell in the closet came to Deacon Dane as he drove to church in the pleasant summer breeze. But he had not been five minutes seated in his church pew listening to tho choir and waiting for the services LIMPED OFF, HOLDING IT AS AKM'S LENGTH. to begin, before it oame to him more than a memory—a decided whiff. "Must be my clothes got tainted with it, hangin' there," he thought. A subdued giggle in the pew behind him made him glare around at two young girls who -flat there. They were whispering behind their handkerchiefs, and directly they go6 up and went several pews further back. Some people came into the pew In front of the deacon, and soon they grew uneasy and bean to cast stealthy glances around at him. He felt his face growing red, everybody near seemed to be looking at so. Nor did the trouble cease when services began. All through the read- .ng and the prayers, the singing and the sermon, poor Deacon Dane kept •etting occasional whiffs of that same disagreeable smell; and try as ho would ;o keep his mind on the services, it would wander, as be saw people near him looking about, one way and another, but always settling to stare at aim,as though they spotted him for the unsavory party. His feelings culminated when, as be rose with the rest for the last hymn, an overpowering stench greeted his own nostrils, and a little hoy in front of him. aolding his nose iu disgust, waispered loudly to his mother: "Ma, somethin' smells awful/" Deacon Dane picked up his hat and went hastily out of church. No one could have thought he was Eaint, but so deeply red was his countenance that they might have feared apo* plexy, He made for the horse-sheds and drove off towards home before the congregation came out. His wife had a nap and was feeling easier, but her astonishment was unbounded when her husband oame home at an hour which showed that he had not remained to Sunday-school. Such a lapse from duty was wholly without precedent iu his case. "These clothes are jest fairly spiled hangin' in that closet," he hurst forth as he oame into the bedroom, pulled oft the coat and threw it on the bed. "Jest see for yourself how it smells. I couldn't endure myself all through meetin' time." Mrs. Dane pulled the offending garment up to her and began an investigation into what her nostrils plainly said was a serious matter) whUe the deacon hastily discarded the other portions of the suit, With a woman's quick wit she followed the trouble to its source and found in a corner at the bottom of the coat a small square—something. "Hand me the scissors," she said to Tommy, who stood watching her. 4 few stitches ripped, and out fell the missing yeast-cake after its nine days' imprisonment in the warm closet —a loathsome, rank thing, which Tommy immediately limped off with, hold' ing it at wm's length. 4 little further investigation showed the hole in the corner of th,s ppfijcet where the yeast- cake bad worked its way through. The hole was duly mended, but %s a matter «* pplioy. w fcf>» ft yfA&Hafce ii wasted now in the Dfln« tiWdlJ* itbs deacon is oss9t &&)(&& tjj 4,0 '$&• ouyinp-*'- Matl , W, fcft^Uu Q^&WV&&$W , fy -, av=- t.^^-.p ** . . •*£ - JK'** _X/ . AN ABLE DOCOTMT. Press Oornraents on President Harrison's Message. A Stnto JPiipef That Is n Model 9tnto<iniiuish!|> nn(I Patriotism— Tlifi ISSUGJ of 1802 Clear* ly Defined. of I'rotectlun Clearly Defined. [Chicago Inter Ocean.] If President Cleveland's last annual message stands as the highest official exposition and indorsement of free trade, then surely President Harrison's latest annual message must henceforth stand as the highest official exposition and in- dorsement of protection. The American doctrine never had more felicitous and unwavering expression. Coming as it does upon the heels of an election which seemed upon its face to be a popular repudiation of that doctrine, it ro- calls the suhlime reafflrmation of Republicanism which characterized President Lincoln's annual message of 1862, when the air was still smoky with the Donfires of Copperhead jubilation over election returns. The Cleveland message was wholly devoted to the advocacy of free trade, tfot so much as a paragraph was reserved for the general purposes of an annual Presidential address to Congress. The Harrison message commits no oreach of official propriety. The condi- iion of the country, both in its foreign and its domestic relations, is set forth in proper order and proportions. The more important legislation of the last session, apart from the McKinley bill, s stated and commented upon. So, too, are the measures still pending, especial- y supervision of elections and appor- ;ionment. In a general way the message is an able and appropriate state paper. The silver act is admirably dis- mssed, also the London panic, and the Calient features of the several departmental .reports. But the tariff comes in for a discussion which gives this message a pre-eminence over ordinary annual messages. With a clearness which leaves no room for misinterpretation the President demands for the new tariff a fair irial. "There is," he says, "neither wisdom nor justice in the suggestion .hat the subject of tariff revision shall 3e opened before thjs law has had a fair trial." He thus, serves notice on no.t only this Congress, but the next, that ie will not be a party to any such revision, and nobody can for a moment suppose that such a bill could bo carried over the Executive veto. The effect of this unequivocal declara- ;ion can not fail to bo reassuring to the country. Farmers and manufacturers with all their financial and industrial associates can go forward with the development of domestic interests under the McKinley bill in the assurance that the measure will bo afforded ample op- jortunity to bo judged by its actual 'ruits, instead of the gross misrepresentations of its enemies. Without such an assurance there might be a general timidity in proceeding under its provisions. Just such a declaration was especially needed. The President, and no one else, could make it. Tne subject of reciprocity is discussed .n a remarkably clear and perfectly sound way.. The President brushes away, wholly and without showing the east feeling in the matter, the cobwebs of a false issue which the spiders of Tee trade have spun over the McKinley nil. Protection does not stand in the way of an enlarged trade with the other American countries. And as for the ;wo reciprocity amendments, the Hale or Blaine amendment, which was not adopted,. and the Aldrich amendment, which was, 1 o frankly gives the preference to the latter, setting forth the jest of reasons for that preference. It is now a month since the great political cyclone of 1890 passed over the sountry. The free traders cherished the hope that the very foundation stones of protection had been loosened, and that ;he edifice itself rooked to its overthrow. Benjamin Harrison, 'who was elected President on that issue, improves this the first opportunity to give ihe country to understand that nothing of the kind has happened. A few shingles and clapboards may clatter in the wind,. but the structure itself has not felt the blast. The Republican party is aa firmly grounded in the Amer- "oan doctrlna now as it ever was, and it is safe to say that the effect of this bugle call to the faithful will be to rally the party to the standard of protection with a steadfastness of purpose which will take no heed of the chatterings of mugwumps and semi freo traders. Kem»i'knb:e for Simplicity nnd Vigor, [N. Y. Mail aud Express.] Without referring to the many important and timely, but minor, recommendations of the President in regard to needed legislation, at this time, we commend both the courage and the consistency, the vigor yet moderation, with, which he defends the justice and the policy of the National election bill. Often and ably as that measure has been debuted, the President discusses it in such manner as to compel the respectful attention of all intelligent readers who really believe in "free and honest elections." "The need of such a law," says the President, "has manifested itself in many parts of the country, and Its wholesome restraints and penalties will be useful in all. The constitution. a-Uty of such legislation has been affirmed by the Supreme Court. Its prpb* able effectiveness is evidenced by the character of the opposition that is made to it It has been denguuced as if it were a new exorcise of Federal power and an invasion of the rights of the States. Nothing could be further from the truth, Congress has already fixed the time for the election, of members Q| Congress. It has declared that votes, for jftsmhprs, of Congress must be by written or pointed bMlPt. it has pri*- \ided tor the appointment by the circuit courta 5n certain cases, and upon the petition of a certain number of citizens, of election supervisors, and it then- duty to supervise registration, of voters conducted the SRto officers; to cballenf$. offlrifif to - lists, and to affix their names to the lists for the purpose of identification »nd the prevention of frauds; to attend at elections and remain with the boxes till the votes are all cast and counted; to attach to the registry lists and election returns any statement touching the accuracy and fairness of the registry and election, and to take and transmit to the clerk of the House of Representatives any evidence of fraudulent practices which may be presented to them. The same law provides for the appointment of deputy United States marshals to attend at the po'.ls, support the supervisors in the discharge of their duties, and to arrest persons violating the election laws. The provisions of this familiar title of the revised statutes have been put into exercise by both the great political parties, and in the North as well as the South, by the filing with the court of the petitions required by the law." That is the tersest and clearest possible statement of the pith of the whole Republican argument. It is unanswerable. And the President justly insists that the legislation which is so essential and unsectional shall bo enacted by the present Congress. In its details the message is remarkable for thoroughness, simplicity and vigor. In its spirit it is fearlessly Republican, while it is broadly American and patriotic. It is a document worthy of the great and grave emergencies that Congress has to meet. And the Republican majority should bo inspired with new courage and determination by the message. The Lodge BUI Ably Defended. [Chicago Tribune.] In the line of recommendations there are some of practical value. The President recognizes the growth of non- Mormon influences in Utah, but fears the Greek bearing gifts" in the announcement of the church authorities that polygamy must not be practiced because it is a violation of law. So long as they believe it to be right he would remove every opportunity for making it lawful. As to bills providing for the erection of public buildings he makes the admirable suggestion not only that there should be wise economy, but that "such legislation should be based oa some responsible and impartial examination and report as to each case under a general law." Strong recommendations are also made for such action on the irrigation question as will give to the States and Territories, or to individuals and associations under official supervision, the ' opportunity to avail themselves of the surveys made by the Government as well as of the information furnished by it as to the capacity and locality of reservoirs and the area to be irrigated. The legislation for the relief of the Supreme Court and the National bankruptcy law are urged, as well .as the pestiferous booK trust of international copyright. The time-honored subject of postal telegraphy is recognized, and the .use of the telegraph by the Post-Office Department, not as an owner or operator, but upon contracts with the companies to convey mail communications" at specific rates, is stated as desirable, and at the satna time legislation is recommended which shall enable the Post-Office Department to make the experiment. The message closes with a discussion of the necessity of the so-called -'force bill," and on this point the President leaves no doubt as to his meaning and no room for questioning his earnestness. Upon no previous occasion has he expressed himself with more seriousness. It is not a question, the President argues, whether the country shall have a Federal election law, but whether the existing law shall bo made effective. The present law stops short of effectiveness, "for it surrenders to the local au^ thorities all control over the certification which establishes the prima-facie right to a seat in the House of Representatives." This, in his opinion, must be remedied. As a matter of principle the President's argument is unanswerable.. As a matter of practice-how would it be enforced should the present law be made effective to cure the evils complained of as he suggests? Recent contingencies have made any immediate answer unnecessary, but as a good Republican the President could not do less than protest against this hideous institution of minority rule in, the South. He at least. .»-.- — *« u« pro- v with earnestness and vigor, even if it goes no further than protest. A Gentle Kick from St. Louis, [St. Louis Globe-Democrat] The most interesting parts of the message, of course, are those relating to the McKinley tariff law and the Federal election bill. On the tariff matter the President takes the ground that any change in the law by this Congress would be unwise, if not perilous. Any radical modification of the act at the present time, in bis view, would disturb trade and depress values, while even an agitation of the matter, although stopping short of legislation, would introduce an element of uncertainty into the industrial and commercial situation which would have a harmful influence on general business. Moreover, as he says, some portions of the law have not yet gone into operation, the reference here being made to the sugar and tin-plate provisions of the apt The permanent effect of even the part of the measure which has gone into effect, he thinks, can not yet be foretold, Therefore, in his view, a change in the law at the present time would be premature as well as harmful. It will bo cheerfully conceded by all Republicana that there is some force in this reasoning, but, to an important and steadily increasing section of the party, it will he far from conclusive. However, it is the argument which has been expected, and the one undoubtedly which ill prevail so far as regard* the present Congress. Cleveland's friendii dec lare the Democratic victory was entirely due to their chief. It is asserted on equally good authority that the "reap gu%rd" really deserves the credit of jBtajBley's success in finding Ewia.— N, Y WAR REMINISCENCES. ON THE PICKET LINE. With Iron hand and nerves of steel The warrior smites his foos. And mars the land with crushing heel, With all attending woes; But l.i hig lonely watching hours, What dreams around him shine Of home and love's sweet rosy bowers, When on the pf.cket lino. Ho sternly meets (he vaunting foe, And scorns all craven fear. Nor will his flashing eyes then show The weakness of a tear; But In the dim and silent grove, The bravest heart will plno To taste the joys of home and love, When on the picket Una. His ward is kept with watchful eyes, While yet In spirit dreams ^To other scones he fondly hies Till glint of morning beams. He treads the path ho used to roam. Fond arms around him twine, Recalling all the bliss of home , When on the picket line. When surging o'er the battle plains No liorrorse'nr appall; His hnmls m:iy rook wilh bloody stalm 1 , As fast the foemon fall; But when the knightly watch Is set, Fond memories all combine To cheer the war-worn lone videtto, When on the picket line. Oh, could we gather from the air The echo of th.-ir sighs, Ti'e tender thoughts their bosoms shave, And tribute of their eyes; The truly brave are llrst lo yield To everj' melting sign. Tho sternness of the batlle-fleld, When on the picket line. It came at last—auspicious day! That bade ihe curnngo cease, And gave ugain to blue and gray The blessed reign of peace I One flag aprnin floats o'er the free! Its stars more brightly shine Since those great leaders Grant and Lee Met on the picket line. —Rev. Sidney Dyer, in N, Y. Ledger. 1889 16. 149 nuptial fe&o& woi* f|GJj} in Wisconsin, GRINDSTONE SOUP. An Adventure ot Two Officers After the Surrender of Vicksburg. The day after the surrender of Vicksburg Colonel Eldridge and myself were assigned quarters for the night in an isolated house on tho road .between Vicksburg and Haines' Bluff. We had been skirmishing all day over thorough Mississippi roads and were hungry and tired. Wo at once laid siege to tho enemy's kitchen, where wo were confronted by tho indignant family. The personnel consisted of a corpulent old lady, two pretty daughters, and a wrinkled colored aunty. When they realized that wo had come for supper and lodging they retired excitedly to a corner of the kitchen, whore they held a council of war. "Look here!" said the Colonel, somewhat sharply, "We are hungry. Quit your whispering, and get us something to eat." The mother stepped boldly from the ranks and, confronting the Colonel, announced the melancholy fact that there were no edibles about the premises. "Give us any thing," replied the famished Colonel. "We're not fastidious." "Well, you see, sah," replied the lady impressively, "first there were our own aoldiora, then oame tho Yankooa yoektor. day, and between tho two they ate us out of house and home." "This is serious," said the Colonel to me in an undertone, and then aloud: "Go out into the shed and bring me in an armful of wood." Wondering what his scheme could be, I went out into the yard and returned with a dozen large faggots. The Colonel heaped them upon the expiring embers on the hearth in one corner of the kitchen, where they soon blazed up brightly. Then taking a kettle to the pump, ho filled it with water and set it on the fire to boil. "What are you going to do?" asked the old lady. "Make soup!" was the Colonel's laconic reply. There was a small grindstone on tho dresser. This the Colonel laid in tho kettle. The enemy was lieginning to manifest some interest in our culinary operations.' "What kind ob soup aw datgwineto be?" asked the colored servant, with a grin. "Grindstone soup!" snapped the Colonel. He seized a ladjo and, lifting the lid of the kettle, dipped out some of the water and tasted it with great gravity* .- .IT.TI-. Ml « -, --• -•«-. .•-- «...(5-^00, TlOt yet strong enough! Will yon please get another armful of wood?" I did as requested, to the consternation of the enemy, which saw its meager stock of fuel burn away. After a pause the Colonel again raised tho lid to taste the mess. Ah!" he said, smacking his lips with satisfaction; "that's something like! May I trouble you for a little salt and peper?" Amid great tittering on the part of tho ladies the condiments were brought. "That's a queer way of making soup!" cried one of the girls with a smothered giggle. Yes; it's economical. Have you a little flour handy?" After a moment's hesitation the flour was brought. "And now a couple of onions, please." "There are no onions, sah!" cried the lady of tho house. "Then bring in some more wood, George; the stone is not soft yet." I was just starting to the door, when the commander stopped me. "Coming to think, I believe there are some onions left," she said, meekly. "Mildred, go and see." Mildred, the elder daughter, disappeared and returned after a while with three fine onions. The Colonel cut them into bits, and, with befitting solemnity, stirred them into the soup. I could scarcely restrain from laughing. "And, now, madam, a slice of good fat bacon, if you please," said the Colonel, This was too touch for the enemy The old lady advanced- There was fire in her eye. "You can't get another thing from us!" she shouted, "You Yankees think you aro smart, There ain't any bacon in the house, and i| there wero you wouldn't get it!" "Very well," replied the Colo|»l, calmly. He gave me a IppK and brought in toe rest ,o| &e wosd. ' W **MHJW& , —_ day was wrtn. Ten minutes at Want tHeffi stood on the table fcl'if and thick a soup as any of ua &V8¥:.. ed. The flavor of the grindstbfie edL. not be detected.—Philadelphia *ime&' WAR'S AWFUL CARNAQ& How Cat-lion'* Battery Mowed toowtt Jt« dreria of lira re Men. General Fitzbugh Lee, of Virginia* when in Washington a Short while ago, ,. told quite an interesting Btory about tbd J greatest fatality of'the war in propof*' J tion to the number of troops engaged.' He was talking about Congressman/ Carlton as an artillerist in the war. "When General Sedgwick's corps," h& said, "surprised our troops by crossing the Eappabannock at Fredericksburgv ' and capturing a regiment and a half ot General Barksdale's Mississippi brigade 1 and a portion of the Washington artillery stationed on Marie's Heights, that' cut off from our main line that small * portion of our troops stationed between * Fredericksburg and Hamilton's crossing* r ' on the Richmond and Fredericksburg: railroad. Among these troops so cut off ' was a battery of artillery in position just, opposite Deep Bottom Run, on tho Rap- pahannook river, and far in advance o£ ; , that portion of our line, "A brigade of Sedgwick's corps, which^ had crossed the river at Deep Bottom ' Run, discovering the position of this-,! battery and seeing that it was unsup* } ported by and cut of! from the main line of our troops, marched upon it propara-" tory to charging and capturing it. "The Captain commanding this bat* tery, who is now Congressman Carlton, of Georgia, discovering the movement'' of the enemy, at once realized the situr,, ation, and knowing full well that to tempt to retreat in face of the enemjr ^ would result in the capture and loss of," his battery, promptly, although entire^] ly unsupported, moved his guns forward, meeting the advancing brigade, ancfcj when in easy cannister range poured a'* volley into tho enemy's ranks, which staggered and drove them back. "Reforming, they advanced again, when Carlton repeated the dose with the same success. "Attempting a third time to charge. • the battery, and seeing the resolute determination of Carlton and his men not to yield the field, they rushed pell mell into an adjoining ravine, when the artillerist turned his guns upon them in their hiding place, and scarcely a man was left to toll the tale. "The official report made a few days afterward by tho Federal officer in command of the brigade, as to the loss in this engagement, was about 1,000 killed and wounded. The loss sustained by Carlton's battery was remarkably slight."—Atlanta Constitution. A Soldier's Idea of Fan. We have heard different versions 61. what csnstituted fun, but we heard a now one the other day from an old soldier. At Gettysburg, about the time of Pickett's charge the relator was stationed down toward the edge of tho wheat field, and he was sent out in charge of a squad to relieve the picket '*** in a copse of woods. Meeting the ser- „ eroctnfc ho was about to relieve, he asked, i him what his orders were. He was in-)%| formed, and among other things the ** pickets were not to fire. "Why," said * the relieving sergeant, "theyji-e firing ^ right now. Why don't you stop them?" ^f well, they are just having a little fun in there. The rebels have got posses- $ sion of a stretch of stone wall and our boys swear they are going to take it: away from them." Our informant went in and soon he and his men were deep in "fun" as their predecessors, not?', withstanding their orders not to fire.d They kept it up, dodging behind trees! and working around the woods until,'! they got a flank fire, ran in on the stonef wall and captured it. They had t fun and accomplished their object— Wostchester (Pa.) Record. ON THE SKIRMISH LINE. THE horse that General Grant Ia$f used is leading a comfortable life on » farm near St. Louis, where it is tenderly" cared for. ^ ACCOKDING to their official records ther^, Woman's Relief Corps show an expend!-*| ture during the past year for charity " ^ i't. Order No. 4, Headquartej?*?»| Grand Array of the Republic, announce*! the following appointment on its n»tff tional staff: Judge Advocate General,*, Comrade William Lochren, Minneapolis,-; 1 Minn. A NOVEL feature of the National 1 campment at Detroit next year will a raft ride. The excursion is the' con^ ception of the popular ex-CommandeiM in-Chief, General R. A. Alger. TbtJ raft will contain 100,000 logs, one each visiting veteran. AN old army officer, according to Mrf.,'3 Ouster, had a four-year-old hoy never tired of war stories, "The stofj is a little rough on me," said the to Mrs. Custer, "hut if you know child, you know that he wants a plent ful sprinkling of I's, and nothing' in the third person. So I kept on as ; _ demanded, till one day he looked up"l my face and said: 'Father, couldn't yj get any one to help you put faw " rebellion? 1 " FEW people know that Bennett, the proprietor of the York Herald, is a naval veteran, bu$ was a Lieutenant and cQjnm,|»ded:] own yacht, wbie»*ws» aj-m«l ?«j4 < missioned as a vessel of thj^lpij States n»vy, &nd he took an •aptivej personally in suppressing the ; He is eligible to membership Grand Army been regular}; commissioned auul 'J orably discharged 'as, navy. : THE Cfcwi»!sfitpner«f shows that there were »t last fiscal year 53&ft4* rolls, classified as:" " Army tovaUd p Army widows i

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