The Algona Republican from Algona, Iowa on August 12, 1891 · Page 8
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Algona, Iowa
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THE GRAND. ARMY. of the Silver Jubilee in Detroit. *7lMi« Grand 1'nrnrto—Washing;'on Get* th« " Next Encampment—t'ulmer Chosen Commander — Other Officers Kteeted, Etc. fHE BOYS IN BLUE. DETROIT, Mitih., Aug. 5. —Tuesday was A day which will be long remembered ijy the grizzled veterans of the Grand Aimy of the Republic. As the opening day of the twenty-fifth annual encampment, it marks a quarter of a century in the growth of the organization, and every soldier realizes that it must also mark the apex in the prosperity of that great •order, which, year by year, has enveloped in its fraternal fold every state of *he great union from Maine to Texas and from Florida to Washington. As the tried and trusty soldiers of '65 •were ever eager for the battle, oo the veterans of '91 were eager for the grand parade which was to recall so many .reminiscences of former days. Before •die morning sun had kissed the spangled arches and emblazoned in glory the golden decorations that marked the line of march, the grand army bands were abroad, and the measured tread of the veterans preparing for the march rebounded through the streets. Not less than 40,000 men followed in nnbroken columns the flags which they :had borne to victory in days of war. •Grayer and more feeble, they disdained the use of carriages and cheerfully trudged through the streets, receiving the applause of thousands •who thronged every point of vantage to witness the marching and add to the volume of cheers. Windows and bal-conies, housetops, tree branches and telegraph pole arms bore their living •freight and served as reserved seats from which excellent viesvs could be had. Promptly at the hour indicated, and with a military precision which showed the volunteer soldiers had forgotten none of their early training, the posts assembled on the line of march. Four magnificent arches, erected Ijy the citizens in different parts of the city, marked the line of march. Slowly and majestically, in measured tread to music, the procession started from Woodward and Adams avenues, with Commander in Chief Veazey and •liis staff in the lead, until the reviewing stand was reached. The stand from which the commander in chief and his glittering staff reviewed the parade was situated on "Campus Morfcinus," on the east side of Woodward avenue. On Illinois, the home of Lincoln, the home of Grant and of Logan, was conferred the honor of the right of the line of march. But it was not because of these illustrious names that the Prairie Department Commander C. L. Katott, Adjt. Gen. K. W. Noyes and Quartermaster General Spicer. . Iowa came next to tire Wolverine State 300 strong, and rijarchtnft with military precision to the ever popular' tune "Yankee Doodle.* 1 Department Commander C. L. Davidson, Adjt-Gen. Longley and Quartermaster - Gen. Tamplin headed the column. ' New York, 2,500 strong, came next, and was the recipient of an enthusiastic greeting. They were headed by Department Commander C. H. Freeman, Adjutant General W. W. Bennett, Quartermaster General A. R. Penfleld and W. W. Van Keuran, an octogenarian member of the post and veteran of the Mexican and civil wars. Then came a score of battle flags, seamed, shot through, in shreds and tatters, proudly carried aloft by their bearers. The Connecticut division came next and following Connecticut was Massachusetts, a, 500 strong. Forty New Jersey veterans were accompanied by J. R. Mulliken, commander; Past Department Commander 11. N. Stevens and Past Department Commander Charles Burrows. One hundred ex-union soldiers, led by Department Commander Samuel L. Miller, represented the state of Maine. California showed up twenty-five strong, notwithstanding the distance they had to come. At their head with other past commanders marched W. R. Smedburg. Following the little Rhode Island group was the New Hampshire division, twenty strong. Vermont followed New Hampshire with 150 men. They were received with great applause in compliment to Commander in Chief Veazey, whose own post headed the delegation. Indiana's 2,800 veterans inarched in majestic column past the reviewing stand, and at the head and beside Department Commander I. N. Walker marr.hed Gov. Alvin H. Hovey. Gen. A. D. Streight, one of the leaders and projectors of the famous Libby prison tunnel, and Col. Walker, another who escaped through that famous historical underground passage, were recognized by all familiar with the history of that daring adventure. Following in their order were the divisions of Colorado and Wyoming, Kansas, Delaware, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, West Virginia, South Dakota, Washington and Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, Texas, Idaho and Alabama. The naval veterans and the Sons of Veterans, 5,000 strong, brought up the rear and closed the parade. In the mcrning at the national headquarters before the parade, a $1,000 diamond badge was given to Commander Veazev- Ex-President Hayes, in presenting the badge, said: COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF VEAZEY: The comrades who with me have been honored with places on youi staff have assigned to me the agreeable duty of presenting to you this badge. state was so honored, but because of one f We ask you to accept it as a token of the es- whose services to the veterans of the -state and nations dates sirye the war, Dr. B. F. Stephenson, the founder of the Grand Army of the Republic. Dr. Stephenson was born in Wayne county, 111., in 182:3, and died in Menard county August 30, 1871, aged but 49 years. His remains He in the soldiers' lot of Rose Hill cemetery, Petersburg, 111. He organized the Grand Army of the Republic in 18«i, and a few months later J. N. Coltryn and Joseph Prior were joined with ten others in forming the Hrst post, which was instituted at Decatur, April «, 180G, under a charter . granted by Dr. Stephenson. The survivors of Post No. 1 were a conspicuous little group in the Illinois delegation said their appearance was the signal for a tribute of cheers. Department Commander Horace S. Clark led the command and 3,000 representatives of the loyal sons of the Sucker .state were in line. The enthusiasm which greeted the >i-cond or Wisconsin division, 700 strong, was unbounded. In the front rank and borne high in the air on the • top of a flagstaff perched "Old Abe," the stuffed eagle which became a part of Wisconsin's history a quarter of a century ago. In line with the Wisconsin boys were Gen. Lucius Fairchild, ex-governor of the state and command- .er in chief of the Grand' Army of the Republic, and Col. A. G. Wissert, candidate for commander in chief. Department Commander W. H. Upham was in command. The Pennsylvania division came next, 1,500 strong, marching in good order to sprightly music furnished by the post bands. Deputy Commander lloyer rode at their head, with Adjt. 'Gen. Town and Quartermaster-Gen. Abraham Levering, followed by the aides. Pittsburgh posts led tho delegation. The Ohio delegation was a vast array of itself. No less than 13,000 veterans tramped to the music of the bands. Beside Department Commander A. M. Warner marched Gen. 8. 11. Hurst, the •Ohio candidate for commander in chief. A conspicuous figure was Gen. Manning R Force, who, enlisting as a major in this Twentieth regiment, was made a full major general a year before the close of the war. The spectacle of an ex-president of the United States marching in the ranks is so unusual that the applause tendered ex-President Hayes was hardly a surprise. Mr. Hayes was rec- oguized by all as he matched with his post from Fremont, 0 Col. A. Jj. Conger, Gen. P. H. Dowling and Gen. It. B. Brown were among the past department commanders in line. The strains of Virginia's martial music was dying iu the distance as Maryland, some 300 strong, rassed the »taud. As the Nebraska Grand Army of the Republic, 50J strong, with Department Commander Teeter uad Gov. Thayer passed the .grand stand it was impossible to tell whether the cheers were for the governor, the soldier boys, or that venerable figure which always prookes the cheers of the volunteer soldiers Paul Vaudervoort, past national commander in chief. Of course Michigan, with its 15,009 veterans, received the ovation of the teem, the admiration and the affection In which you are held by ourselves and by our comrades of the Grand Army of the Re.jUblic. It will, we trust, bring present joy to you and to your family. It will remind you and them of the honored part you bore in the great event of this age—in tbe sacred and stain less war for union and liberty. During your term of office you have, as you promised when you were chosen, amptly kept between yourself and your comrades not only the touch of the elbow but also the touch of the heart. Our hope is that this simple gift will remind you pleasantly of the events and scenes and comradeship of the great conflict; that, it will recall the famous day of Gettysburg—the day of your opportunity, of your honorable service and of your signal triumph. It will also, we hope, be a wellspring of gratifying meditations upon the future. In after times those who bear your name and share your blood will rejoice as they Icok upon this emblem, their prized family heirloom, nnd be filled with gratitude that Providence allotted to them the inspiring privilege of tracing their origin to a . man who in his young manhood was a splendid tigure in the decisive battle of the divine war, and who i stood faithfully and bravely by Abraham Liu- I coin from its beginning to its end. Our wishes I and our prayers are that your life may be long i and happy in the land which in the day of its deadly peril you did your part to save. In'responding Gen. Veazey said: COMHADES: It is with great pleasure that I accept this token, which shall be among my most highly prized souvenirs of the year during whlcli 1 have labored for the Grand Army of the Republic. The approbation of my frionrts, the comrades who fought for the pre.s- Is tfifeiiftv^f r KfttitvSri<ti* o? A blrth.not of a wedding. The weddln'g occurred When the bridegrooms, the youth of the lohd enlisted in its defense. Abraham Lincoln oele'' orated the marriage nuptials."" Columbia was the bride. Met ve'stiifls wttsnhiShatUJn'slSft* plcdfe to establish thitt fin* the domain of secession was th6 of her hand. When the pledge was grandly redeemed through bloody strife through suffering and death, and after the victors had placed on the brow of the bride a now diadem whose gems were, honor, Valor fame, liberty untainted with slavery, a countr* reunited and free, the fruit ot that marriage was the Grand Army of the Republic, an offspring worthy of Its royal parentage. The man must be blind, Indeed, who had failed to see In recent years, as time has Impelled our column toward the river which all mankind must cross, that the Grand Army of the Republic, as it has become better known, lias been constantly marching to a higher plane In the estimation ot the people generally, as well as of the veterans of the war; that the latter are seeking membership In great numbers; that the spirit of true comradeship is constantly taking a deeper hold In the hearts of comrades, ana that tlmo has not diminished but quickened their pride of service; not quenched but intensified the ardor of their love of the flag and all It represents; not dulled but enlivened the soldierly spirit which they exhibited in the old heroic days. Any charge to tho contrary Is an Insult to tho veterans as a class and as Individuals. After referring pathetically to the deaths duri»g the past year of Sherman, Porter, Hamlin, Devine, Tobin and other honored members of the order, the commander in chief continued: The present administration encountered the same disturbances In the department of Louisiana and Mississippi that had troubled my predecessors. From various sources of information that have been accessible to me, I believe that a large majority of both white and colored comrades In the departments of Louisiana and Mississippi aro strong in the conviction that It would be for the best interests ot allindivldually, and of their posts and of the order, to have a separate department in Louisiana and some of the other gulf states made up of such posts as may apply to come Into it and having concurrent jurisdiction with tbe department already established In such states; concurrent In respect to the chartering and mustering of posts, but each department having exclusive jurisdiction over the posts which it may receive. My best judgment after a year of painstaking investigation is that it would be wise to confer upon my successor the authority to create such a department. He may either flnd It necessary or think it best to exercise the power conferred. The commander in chief advises that tho executive officers refrain from indorsing appeals for contributions for any purpose, however worthy, except those expressly named in the objects of the order. Veterans are apt to be strongly influenced by such, indorsements. It is recommended that congress be appealed to to provide for \the maintenance of the Mount McGregor cottage. The G. A. R. has been pay- Ing the expenses because no one else assumed them. The argument in favor of service pension legislation has been urged upon congress without avail, but under the disability pension bill about one thousand pensions are being allowed per day and will be until the docket of applications is substantially cleared. The number who thought the bill too liberal is rupidly diminishing as the act becomes better understood. The commander in chief recommends that the legislation giving preference in the civil service department to discharged soldiers be amended so as to recognize the idea of service apart from discharge or disability. No organization since the war has done so much for the country, especially in laying deep the foundations of future security, as the G. A. R. It appeals to every loyal hand that drew a blade or carried a musket. Therefore no union soldier has done his full duty as a citizen unless he has given the order the benefit of Ms com radeship in it. In closing I desire to renew the expression of gratitude which I made a year ago for the great honor you conferred upon me. Having Intended to wrong no ono and having received no affront from anyone, I say to ono and all, from the deepest recesses of my heart, 1 thank you and God bless you. Adjt. Gen. J. H. Goulding's annual report for the year ending July 80 shows that' there are in the order forty- five departments, with 7,409 posts and 898,007 comrades in good standing. The sum expended in charities during the year was $833,699, against $317,957 the previous year. There have been 5,530 deaths this year, against 5,470 in 1890. Of the total apparent membership of 444,807, suspensions, delinquencies and'transfers bring the number down to 8il8.0G7. The quartermaster general's report showed the assets of the organization to be as follows: Cash balance ou hand, $1,804.18; due by departments, $1,439.41 —less due by departments, liflS4.17; balance, $1,240.24; United States bonds, 1907, ftlO.OOO (market value 1 17-100), SIS,720; supplies, §2,941.05; total assets, $24,7ii. or. The report on the Grant monument that while this fund iu flagstaf! that snmbuiriieil' iH^ fort ttt Detroit 180 ^ears Agcfc • ItS w&S'thfe ioti which repulsed the famous attack of the FohUttC Indians. The commander in chief thett ap« pointed the committee on resolutions. "The negro quastioh" wttS feferred to a special committee consisting 1 of Merrill, of Massachusetts; Henderson, of Pennsylvania; Conger, of Ohio; Line* han, of New Hampshire, and Atkins, of Ohio. Washington was selected as the place for the holding of the next encampment of the G. A. R. The race .between Washington and Lincoln, Neb., was a close one, so close that each side was confident of success until tho result of the ballot was, announced: Washington, 369; Lincoln, 838. DKTHOIT, Mich., Aug. 7.—Immediately after the meeting of the G. A. 11. e n c a m p in ent Thursday morning the election of a commander in chief was de- c lared the first business. There were four candidates: John Palmer, of Albany, N. Y.; A. G. Weissart, of Mil- w a u kee, Wis.: W. P. Smedbury, of California; S. H. Hurst, Ohio. OAPT. PALMER. Benjamin E. Bryant, of Wisconsin, placed Weissart in nomination in an eloquent speech. Weissart's nomination was seconded by the states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky. Corporal Tanner, of New York, placed Palmer in nomination, and Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania seconded Palmer's nomination. J. J. llollingsworth, of Ohio, nominated Hurst, and W. L. Barnes, of California, nominated Smedbury. The election by secret ballot was a, very slow and tedious process. The first ballot gave Palmer, 323; Weissart, 270; Smedburv, 177. No choice. The result of the ballot was: Palmer, 333; Weissart, 370; Smedbury, 177. No choice. On the second ballot Palmer led from the start, and upon motion his election was made unanimous. Col. Henry M. Dufficld, of Detroit, was elected senior vice commander by acclamation. T. S. Clarkson, of Nebraska; Peter B. Ayers, of Delaware, and Albert E. Sholes, of Georgia, were nominated for junior vice commander in-chief. Clarkson won on the first bal- Clone of the Sllvef Bncattipmtitit of the Grand Army-'U«n«i'ftH'tilttier AgHOtheB Command—The Woftieif» Corps Elwt Officer*. DETROIT, Mich., Aug. 8.—Tattoo has been sounded dyer .the stiver ,en* campmeht o| the G>and Ai'ffiy of the Republic. John Palmer has been elected commander in chief to succeed Wheeloclc G. Veazey, Washington has been decided upon as the place for holding the next encampment, and the convention has completed its labors, adopted the usual resolutions and votes of thanks, and has adjourned. At the opening of the Grand Army pf the Republic encampment Friday the first business was the report! of the committee on the John A. Logan and Phil Sheridan monuments. The Logan monument fund now reaches $66,000, and is closed. For the Sheridan they have $50,000 in hand. Reports of committees on adjutant generals and other officers' reports were approved. Past Commander in Chief Burdett, of Washington, presented reports on a variety of subjects, deprecating in particular the action of the members in endeavoring to secure the influence of the organization toward any interference in matters belonging to the various departments of the Grand Army of' the Republic. The same committee reported adversely on a communication from the Sons of Veterans desiring closer connection with the Grand Army of the Republic. An amendment to the rules and regulations was adopted by which posts can change their location by a two- thirds vote of the members. An amendment was also adopted permitting department encampments to be held as late as July 1. The amendment permitting the election of department officers in .December was defeated. The attempt to change the rules so as to read "those who did not voluntarily bear arms against the United States" were entitled to membership in the Grand Army of the Republic was defeated. The grand officci's were then installed by Past Commander in Chief Beath, of Philadelphia. Commander in Chief Veazey, in turning over the command of the Grand Army pf the Republic to Commander in Chief-elect Palmer said: "It is now my privilege and pleasure" and duty to present you your commission, and, In doing it, I desire you will take with it my best wishes, as I am sure you have the best wishes of not only the representative comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic, but of the ," », , " , ". ,, i, i entire body throughout the length and breadth lot. For chaplain there were three can- j of tne lnn » d {01 , * succesgtu i administration, ervation of the union, is to me the greatest i „ , , * • , prize that eun bo paid to any man. Ithunk vou. IU bl . u , , „„ ,„_ „ .. , ,, The evening was devoted to recep- j 1S9 ° amounted to $11,307.83, it had been commander augmented but $237.91 during the past year. Of this amount $226.16 was derived as interest on the present fund, so that the actual increase by donation had been but $11.75. This sum was reported by the state of Minnesota. The inspector general's repurt after detailing the condition of the order says in conclusion: "Our comrades In the stronger and more prosperous departments should not be forgetful of tbe necessities of those in weaker and less favored territories and should assist and encourage them in the work whenever opportunity offers. I lind the organization of the Worn an's Relief Corps Is (trowing in all departments. It would be dimt'ult to sav too much in their favor, us they have rendered such valuable us- | sistance in our charitable work, having taken | position far in advance of our line in blue. In raising money to swell the relief fund, which is so honestly devoted to the alleviation of the wants of those depending upon its assistance." The report of the judge advocate general derives its chief interest from his decision on the vexed race question. "The question proposed is 'whether there can lawfully be two departments covering the same territory at the same lime: for instance, a department made up of white posts and an! other of black posts; or one of foreign b<jrn, ! and another of native born.' I "I think the question must be answered in I the nei-'ative. TUJ idea Is contrary to the usage j and universal undersiaudiug of the order hitu- in chief was the signal ' erto Without adverting further to the ob^«i ,,c>.. jv,^ a mtniitt. ' vioua evils likely to follow from establishing appuusc ana a, minute • rjval aeijanjnonts in any state , it is enougu i that it is very clear that the rules and regulu- i tions do uot provide for nor warrant the estab- ! lisluneut of but ono department in any state j or territory. Tbe report of the surgeon general tions to the commander in chief, the Grand Army of the Republic, the Woman's Relief Corps and the Sons of Veterans by the citizens of Detroit at the encampment hall. Later another reception was tendered the commander in chief at the exposition building. On both occasions Gen. Veazey made brief speeches of acknowledgment and thanks. DETROIT, Mich., Aug. 6.—The twenty-fifth annual encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic met in formal session WednesJay in the | mammoth hall that had been set apart I for the business deliberations of the ! veterans. All that art and taste could I do to make the building attractive ! had been exerted in the decorations • which adorned the interior in ernblem- ' atic order. i Despite the immensity of the hall it ! was crowded to its utmost seating ca- i pacity by the multitude of veterans at• tracted by the momentous questions to ': be settled at this encampment of the . order. | A few minutes before the hour of opening, Gon. Veazey and his staff i entered the hall and were escorted to | the grand stand. The appearance of ; the commander i for generous ; later the two bands burst forth in an inspiring military air in harmony ; with tbe martial scene. Rapping the ! assemblage to order, the commander in chief announced the day. The was officered by i lie said: formal opening of the twenty-fifth annual encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, and directed the adjutant general to call the roll of departments. Every state and territory in the union—not even excepting far-oil: Alaska—was represented and the roll showed the fullest attendance of delegates in the history of the organization. The opening address of the commander in chief was listened to in rapt attention by tbe assembled veterans. is chiefly interesting in a statement it contains from Pension Commissioner Raum, announcing that the amount of 8110,000,000 will be expended for pensions during the fiscal year. During the forenoon session Commander iu Chief Veazey was presented sented with two gavels. The first was an ivory one, presented by Comrade Clarksou, of Nebraska, and the other a wooden or "business gavel," presented by Comrade Duftield, of Michigan. The latter was tuadc from the wood of the didates—S. B. Payne, of Florida; D. C. Miller, of Kansas, and A. B. Kendrick, • of Iowa. Mr. Payne was elected. Surgeon-General Benjamin T. Stevenson, of Connecticut, was reelocted by acclamation. LCapt. John Palmer, the new commander in chief, was born on Staten Island, March 23, 1843, and has a splendid war record. He en- Htted in tho Ninety-Iirst volunteers, September 10, 1881, and was constantly with that regiment until it was mustered out July 3, 1865, taking part in all its engagements. He was seriously injured at the battle of Five Forks in the combined charge of cavalry and infantry. Since tbe war he has been engaged in the fresco painting and decorating business at Albany, N. Y., and had the contract for the decorating on tho new state capitol. As a member of the Grand Army of th-j Republic he was for several terms commander of Lew B medict Post No. 5, was elected commander of the New York department, and in 1*79 was elected senior vice commander in chief, r.ll of which important positions he filled with credit. He is said to be a forcible speaker, a model presiding officer at department and national conventions, and hus frequently been placed at the head of important committees by both state and national, encampments.] Thursday closed the business sessions of the twenty-fifth • annual encampment. The negro problem was brought to the front by the report of the committee appointed to consider the question of a separate department for the colored veterans. Ex-Congressman William Warner, of Missouri, as chairman of the committee, presented an extended report. After quoting freely from the statements of Gen. Veazey favoring a separate department the report says: "It is too late to divide now on the color line. A man who was good enough to stand between the flag and those who would destroy it when the fate ot tho nation was trembling in the 'balance is good enough to be a comrade in any department of the Grand Army of the Republic. No different rule has been, or ever shall be, reeongnlzod by the survivors of the union army and navy. No department should be established for any uolov or nationality. "The platform of principles of the Grand Army of the Republic is so broad that all honorably discharged soldiers and sailors can stand upon it. In the opinion of your committee the fact that tbe department of Louisiana and Mississippi consists of posts—a part of which are composed of white comrades, tho others of colored comrades—is no suflicient reason for making this radical change in our rules and regulations, Our fraternity, charity and loyalty should bo witnessed by onr deeds as well as our words. , ' Tlie recommendation of the commander in chief is based upon the taut that seven of the colored posts of the department .of Louisiana and Mississippi petitioned for a separate department. "Iu view of the facts submitted to your committee it is of the opinion that it would be inexpedient to place the authority with the commander in chief to organize new or pro visional departments in states in which there are organized departments." The following minority report was presented on the subject: "1 co:icur iu the recommendations contained in the address of the commander In chief in reference to the difficulties existing in the departments of Louisiana and Mississippi, and therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution: "Resolved, That the rules and regulations be so changed as to authorize the commander In chief to urganlze departments of tne Grand Army of the Republic in departments now existing whenever satisfied upon propir representations that they may be organized without detriment to the Grand Aruiy of the Republic or any department organization existing In states embraced therein. W. s. PECKBB." Gen. Lucius Fairchild made the speech of the day. He took the position that if the colored men wanted to withdraw, as had been claimed, they ought to be at liberty to do it. It was evident, however, that they did not want to. After several other speeches by viva-voce vote, the majority report was filially overwhelmingly adopted. in the evening a banquet was tendered by the citizens of Detroit to the officers and delegates of the grand, army ettCi'.oapUAt«Dt Gen, filled with pleasure and prosperity. I now hand you the now flag of the Grand Army of the Republic. We have marched under the old flag now for a quarter of a century and it is so •worn that It is not safe to use It any longer, and on tho silver anniversary of our order this new one has been obtained. I give it into your hands, to be guarded as for twenty-five years the old one has Deen guarded by your predecessors. I am sure it will be safe in your hands, because behind you will bo B08,- 000 men who will stand by you and by this flag." In response the new commander in chief said: 'Comrades, let me briefly say I accept this office with a bearf of gratitude to the comrades who have chosen me for this high position, and 1 hope that when I have reached the end of my term of office I may leave as oiean a record behind me as tho comrade who has served you during the past year." Tne following national council of administration of the Grand Army of the Republic has been elected: Alabama, A. W. Folgyham; Arizona, William Christy; Arkansas, Isaac C. Parker; California, MognusTait; Colorado and Wyoming, John B. Cooke; Connecticut, John C. Clark; Delaware, William J. Blackburn-; Florida, J. D. Hazard; Georgia, Alfred Guiton; Idaho, George L. Shoup; Illinois, H. S. Deitrioh; Indiana, Charles H. Hoyerhoff; Iowa, I. B. Raymond; Kansas, J. D. Barber; Kentucky, J. H. Browning; Louisiana and Mississippi, Charles K. Lincoln; Maine, Washington Gushing; Maryland, Alfred S. Cooper; Massachusetts, William H. Olm; Michigan, B. F. Graves; Missouri. J. B. Milner; Montana, Patrick E. Fisli; Nebraska, John H. Ehrhardt; New Hampshire, Benjamin F. Clark; New Jersey, M. K. Kinsey; New Mexico, Philip Mothersil; New York, R. F. Kniff; North Dakota, W. H. Winchester; Ohio, Ed. S. Grant: Oklahoma, C. D. Hunger; Oregon, D. Tuttle; Pennsylvania, William McClellan; Potomac, A G. Huntoon; Rhode Island, Henry C. Luther; South Dakota, E. W. Caldwell; Tennessee, W. J. Smith; Texas, Dr. C. B. Stoddard; Utah, C. O. Fair- worth; Vermont, D. J. Safford; Virginia, W. H. Aspenwall; Washington and Alaska, Frank Clenndenln; West Virginia, C. W. Hurt; Wisconsin, E, A. Shores; Indian Territory, Robert W. Hill. The new commander in chief, John Palmer, issued his first general order Friday as follows: ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE, DETROIT, Mich., Aug. 7, 1891.—General Order No, 1.—1. Having been elected commander in chief of tfcs Gran4 Army of the Republic by the twenty- fifth national (silver anniversary) encampment held in Detroit, Mich., August 0 and 7, 1891, I have accepted the trust imposed upon me with, tbe hope that the grand work of the order in which we are all engaged may be promoted under my administration. 3. The other ollicers elected and appoint monts upon the staff will be announced in future orders. 3. Till further notice all communications for the adjutant general will be addressed to Rutland, Vt. JOHN PALMKK, Commander In Chief. Annual salaries and expenses were voted the same as last year, and appropriation was madft for keeping in r»- pair the cottage at Mount McGregor. DiiTitoiT, Mich., Aug. 8. — Th» Women's Relief Corps convention Friday morning was qccupied with committee reports. Officers were elected in the afternoon as follows: National president, Mrs. Sue A. Sanders, Delaware, 111.; senior vice president, Margaret R. Wiggins, Sabatha, Kan.; junior vice president, Mary Lyle iey- nolds, Covington, Ky.; treasurer, Amelia A. Cheney, Detroit, Mich.; chaplain, Miss Clara Uarton, Washing* too. PARTY. In State Contention tit Springfield KrtfHlnate » f Icket with .foiui sclta, of 5 tiffin, -tor Uttttoaof-IMMi PH»tf»fm> 'fy SwtiJifoWEtA, 0.» Aug.-.7.— Wheat the Convention of tho people's party 1 assembled Thursday Chairman Cava- naligh called for the report ot >tnfe crom» njittec on resolutions. The fblU>wln£ is a summary: We hold that labor Is the basis of all wefclth and should be protected by law. The Instability of the municipal governments of the state has led to the creation of enormous municipal debts, which are burdensome to all the people, and wo, therefore, demand that the constitution of tho stale be so amended that It wilt be impossible to change the forms of municipal governments to meet tho changing fortunes of politicians, and that no Change of forms of municipal governments be pennlttea without the consent of the people. We demand the enactment and rigid enforcement of a law for the suppression of all forms of gambling in futures on all agricultural and mechanical products; favor tho election of unltoa States senators by popular vote of tho people of tho state; demand the rigid enforcement of laws against adulteration or counterfeiting of food; demand free school books for our public 'school system nnd compulsory education; demand tho prohibition of child labor under fourteen years of age; demand the abolition of contract prison labor, believing in the doctrine of equal rights and special privileges to none; demand that taxation, national, state or municipal, slialluot be used to build up one Interest at tho expense of another; favor gov-. ernment loans dlrectlv to the people on real estate or other ample security at a rate of interest Wit exceeding 3 per cent.; demand free anl unlimited coinage of silver: oppose extravagance that collects of the people each year $500.000,000 for national expenses In a time of peace; demand the passage of laws prohibiting alien ownership of lands and that congress take prompt action to devise some plan to obtain all lands now owned by alien and foreign syndicates; demand a just and suitable system of graduated tax on Incomes; believe In universal suf- frase.and favor liberal pensions to all honorably discharged union soldiers of the late civil war and generous care for their widows and orphans. The liquor question, which caused trouble in the platform committee, was gotten over by a resolution appended to the platform recommending to the national convention that the solution of the traffic lies in abolishing the element of profit and demanding that the exclusive importation, exportation, manufacture and sale of all spirituous liquors shall be conducted by the government or state at cost -through agencies and salaried officials. The ticket nominated is as follows: Governor, John Seitz, of Seneca county; lieutenant governor, Frank Rist, of Hamilton county; auditor of state, D. M. Cooper, of Athens -county; attorney general, R. M. Smith, Summit county; treasurer of state, Henry- Wolf, Cleveland; supreme judge, Judge Alfred Yaple, Hamilton county; school commissioner, J. E. Peterson. Green county; board of public works, J. S. Borror. Franklin county; dairy and food commissioner, W. J. Weaver, Portage county. [Mr. Seltz is 03 years old and was elected as a democrat to the state legislature io. 1870. Ho was elected to tho state senate in 1872 and 1874. In 1880 he was nominated for congress on tho greenback ticket, for governor on the greenback ticket in 1881, and in 1887 for governor on the union labor ticket.] DEATH CAME SWIFTLY. Ten Men Killed in an Accident on the West Shore Hoad Near Syracuse, N. Y. SYRACUSE, N.Y., Aug. 7.—About 7 a. m. Thursday a freight train on the West Shore railroad going west broke in two between Port Byron and Montezuma and fast passenger train No. 8 dashed into its rear. The fireman of the passenger train, Michael Bergen of Buffalo, and ten Italians en route to Niagara Falls in the smoking i car of the passenger train, were killed. Thirty or forty others in the samH3 car were injured. The injured weife brought to Syracuse and are be- ing'cared for. A dense fog prevailed at the time. The accident occurred at a place known as "Butcher's Cut." The passenger train, which was the west-bound St. Louis limited, which left New York at 5 o'clock, was running at a high rate of speed. A brakeman of the freight had been sent back to Hag- it, but owing to the dense fog his signals could not be seen. The smoking car and twelve freight cars were completely wrecked, hardly a whole piece of timber being left. The wreck, ..which was piled high upon the track, took fire and the passenger train was burned, with the exception of the three sleeping cars. The train was made up of two express cars, a baggage car, smoker, day coach and four sleeping cars. Following is a list of the victims: Killed—Michael Bergen, liremai) of passenger train; Alphonse Carrilla, Cooo Rooco, Veanzo Dialauri. Domenlco Richone, Thomas Merlino, John Rosio, Domlnick Sautilo, Antonio Scozappava, John Grambott; an unknown Italian who died on the way to Syracuse. Injured: Benjamin Pitts, Oneonto; James Chazen, St, Louis; J. Myer, Buffalo: Frank Folter, Syracuse; John Preston, West Troy; Patrick Ryan, engineer of the passenger train, Buffalo; Teillor, West Point; Lewis, Norwich, N. Y.; Angela. Novell!, Rocco Aug- sturro,' Antonio Corbella, Luppis Camilll, Luppls Agostino, Arico Clalone, Joseph Mis- careili, Mihli Codarelka, Giavannt Bosso, Runoo Agostmo, Tomasoo Canzorlng. The freight train which caused the accident was bound for the west. It was to let the "flyer" pa 88 ^ b J drawing over on the Montezuma side track. It had started to leave the main track, and was half way upon the switch when a coupling broke in the middle of the train. Conductor Tobin, of the freight train, sent a man up the track with a lantern to chpck the "flyer," but it was too late to avert the disaster. Coroner Steward, of Port Byron, held an inquest Thursday afternoon upon the bodies of the v'ctarns. The jury returned a verdict finding Conductor Tobin and Flagman Connolly guilty of criminal negligence. Both men have fled. ASTRONOMICAL ATOMS. A PUI.L moon reflects one three-thousandth part of the sun's light. PBOF. MILOSEVICS has given the name "Unitas" to the small planet, No. 808, lately discovered by him at Rome. THE new equatorial telescopa recently mounted in Paris has its tube bent at a right angle, &nd the image ol the sky formed by the object glass is reflected to the eye of the observer. It U the largest of its kind in the wo-l^,!«, optical powers being very fine, tmd the images Q BROKE Jlenvy Lynn, THE RECORD. Iowa Farmer, Trump* lit His Sleep. FOBT Doi>ctK, la., Aug. 7.— The record in somnambulistic feats has been broken by Henry Lynn, a Livermore farmer. Mr. Lynn arose in a somnambulistic trance at an early hour in ttya morning and walked 18 miles before he awoke. It w$s well along toward noon when the sleepar came to himself and found that he w%s plodding along the highway oear AlgORflt. Several neighbors met the jn«n during his long tramp and exchanged greet4u#8 hi<a

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