The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911, July 29, 1909, Image 2

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    Wim K
SHlNGTON. In the fall the Grant
monument In the Botanical garden of
Washington will he unveiled und ded
icated. It Is to he tho most Impos
ing statue In tho cupltal city, lit, It is
to do full Justice to the memory of the
fnemost soldier who fought on the side of the
The pedestal for the Grant memorial la al-
the purposes of re
remembrance of
the nation's great.
The statue of
Gen. Sherman, an
equestrian memo
rial, was unveiled
live years ago. It
faces the Treasury
on behalf of the env
peror by his personal
envoy, the German
ambassador. Presi
dent Roosevelt made
the principal address
of the day, accepting
the bronze figure on
behalf of the Ameri
can public. Other nd
dresses were made
by Lieut.-Gen. Chaf-
at by bis favor to the American people, but
except In a few Instances this query took the
form of good-natured curiosity rather tha of
On the afternoon of January 10, 1905, an
attempt was made to blow up the statu of
Frederick the Great. No serious damage re
sulted and there were those who thought that
a practical Joker had been at work, but the
force of the explosion was such ns to show
that tho Joke, if Joke it were, was a decidedly
serious matter. Threats had been made from
time to time by anonymous letter writers to
blow up the statue, but little attention was
paid to them. The tenor of the written threats
was to the effect that no monarch ought to bt
remembered In the capital city of a republic,
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ready in place and Is nearing completion. Its
base is a huge square of stone with smaller
stones superimposed to that the ascent to the
statue proper wiil he by a succession of steps,
though It is perhaps needless to say that the
pedestal will not be given over to the uses of
a stairway. At each corner of the base there
is a lion couchant. Tho beasts have been
shrouded to kcp their bronze beauty hidden
from the eyes of the multitude until the day
comes to show tho memorial In its completion.
The union general will he shown mounted
on one of his favorite horses. It Is said that
the model of the horse shows lines that are
ns near perfection as art can make them. If
the general's mount Is ns spirited and effec
tive ns the bronze horse shown In the memo
rial to Gen. Thomas on Thomas circle in this
city it will leave nothing to be desired. The
horse of Gen. Thomas is said to be the most
perfect creature ever cast In metal.
The commission which hud In charge the
memorial to Gen. Grant had ntany ditllcultles
to overcome before n site was selected. There
wos great objection to tho placing of the
1 "iuie In the Hotanical garden, which is di
rectly across the street from the grounds of
the capltol at the Tennsylvanla avenue corner
where the pence monument stands. The
Washington people, like the people In many
other cities of the country, do not take kindly
to the erection of stone and bronze memorials
In what may be called the public pleasure
grounds. They want them all to be placed In
the little circles and squares at the Intersec
tions of the streets and avenues of the city.
After many meetings and after listening to
many protests, the site In the Botanical garden
was chosen and approved. In order to make
room for the Rtatue two magnificent elms had
to bo removed. The people mourned the loss
of tho elms, or rather mourned their prospec
tive loss, for It wns decided to transplant tho
trees, a tremendous undertaking, but one that
finally was accomplished. It Is too early yet
to tell whether the trunsplnntetd elms will live
or dto In their new beds.
It has often been a source of wonder that
no statue of Gen. Grnnt appears In the Memo
rial hall of the capltol. where each state has
memorials of two of Its representative sons,
or It ought to be said daughters, for one wom
an appears In Memorial hall In marble.
Grant was born In Ohio, but he went to
the war from Galena, 111., and his first com
mand during the early days of civil strife was
an Illinois regiment. Lincoln Is also claimed
by Illinois, but the legislature of the state In
selecting persons to be honored In Memorial
hall at tho capltol chose Gen. James A. Shields
and Miss Wtllard, who whs tho president of
the Woman's Christian Temperance I'nlon.
In a short time Virginia will place In Me
morial hall a statue of Gen. Uobert E. Lee.
There have been those who have thought
and said that both Lee and Grant, the two
great commanders In the civil war, should
have place In Memorial hall, but ns neither
Ohio, the place of Grant's birth, tior Illinois,
the place of n, adopt'0"- has seen tit to honor
him the chances are that his statue never will
find a place In the hall, which once was used
as the assembly place of the representative
of congress and which Is now given oyer t
building from the south,
and it Is one of the most
notable public memorials in
the city of Washington, al
though It Is true that fault
has been found with a few
minor details of the execu-
Sheridan's statue, repre
senting "Little Phil" as he
appeared at the battle of
Winchester when rallying
his troops to turn again to
the attack, stands In a lit
tle green circle on Massa
chusetts avenue. The Sher
idan memorial has been In
plaeo less than a year. The
widow of the Shenandoah
campaigner lives in a house
the windows of which over
look the metnoriul of her
It Is curious perhaps that
the memorials to the three
greatest generals of the
civil war who fought on the
side of the north were not
erected until many years
nfter soldiers of less fame
hail been remembered. Tho
statue of Gen. Mcl'herson
has stood for years In the
public square named for
this soldier, who was killed
In the battle of Atlanta.
Gen. Thomas "the rock of
Chlckamauga," was remem
bered In bronze nearly 150
years ago. Admirals Far
ragut and Dupont have rep
resented the sea service of
their country in memorial form In Washing
ton for years. The statue of John A. Logan,
the civilian soldier, has had a place In the na
tion's capital for a long time. Hancock was
not forgotten and neither were some eight or
ten other officers whose fame was bright, but
which never shone with the extraordinary lus
ter of that of Grant or Sherman.
lie took tier to tin
ball K""''. nnJ
wlifii tli'y l1""1
found th.'lr plures
I le allowed her
win-re thi! players
Blood and told
about tlic biisi-s;
With patient care he
hhowed her that
the umpire did not
KxplulnltiK that on
every point he had
the llnul say;
po'nted out the
betu'ht'H where the
rival pluyers sat
And made It clear
that "club" is not
the same thing us
a bat.
She thanked Mm
prettily, and said
mIid thought that It
was splendid .
To have the than"
to see a irm: und
be so well ut
tended; And when he care
fully set forth the
pitcher's plan und
She thanked him
once ugaln und
said that sift- vfnn glad she came:
He told her why the man was out, und
showed her how a lly
When i-auKht before it struck the ground
would make him out, and why.
He did not Klve tier any chume to ask
a single uuestion;
Ho unalyzed the game for her without
the least HUiwmion;
With linger pointed at the men hu
showed how It was done,
Showed how the coacher signaled to the
men to stay or run,
And while with cheers the very air ubovo
the tii-lil was Jarred
He showed her how to mark the run
upon the little card.
She smiled a gentle smile and said she
wished she had his knowledge.
That she had tried to play the name one
year at college
He g'rin:ied in pity, then he told In meas
ured terms and slow
The Inner motives of tho game as then
and there on show.
Then came the ninth; the score was
tied; two out, the bases full,
And every rooter In the stand exerting
psychic pull.
A long, clean hit to center-and a tumult
on the bleachers
With men In wildest voices shouting like
to crazy c reatures
And she! (), she was on her feet und
yelling all tne wiuie
In accents that you could have heard,
I'm sure, for half a mile!
"O, run! Ice-wagons! Kun! Hun! nun!"
-Her tones were shrill and loud
And soared above the roaring und tho
shrieking of the crowd.
never said n word as they walked
homeward from the game,
Hut for a week or so the world was not
to him the same.
The Gardener's Guide.
If you have a bare space along your
garden wall, plant some rubber plants
there. They will soon stretch across
tho gap.
When your oyster plnnts are well
above the ground, sprinkle them with
vinegar, and occasionally (lust them
with salt and pepper. This adds to
their flavor.
Too nint h care cannot be exercised
in making the mush for your mush
room beds. Use white cornmeal for
Any wholesnle dealer will sell you
corn plasters by tho gross. On plas
ter to the hill Is enough to bring out
your corn.
The automobile radish Is coming
Into vogue as a substitute for horse
radish. The automobile radish has a
pronounced gasoline flavor and Is
eaten with heavy gloves and goggles.
If your string beans grow too near
the cucumbers they are apt to acquire
Indigestion and tie knots In them
selves. . While you are planting sweet pota
toes do not forget to put In a small
bed of sour potatoes, as they are good
with frankfurter sausages.
There are scores of memorials of various
kinds in Washington. Foreign nations are rep
resented. In Lafayette square are the statues
of the Frenchmen Lafayette and nochambeau,
who came to the aid of the colonies In their
struggle against Great Britain.
Kefore loug there will be two other statues
In the square, one to tho honor of Pulaski and
another to Steuben. When these memorials
are In place Lafayette square will contain Ave
bronze figures, Lafayette, Ilochambeuu, Pu
laski, Steuben and Andrew Jackson. The Jack
con statuo stands In tho center of the park,
while each of the Frenchmen has a corner to
himself. Tho other corners will bo ocupled
by the Pole and the Germau.
Emperor William about six years ago pre
sented to the United States a statue of Fred
erick the Great. It was dedicated with Impres
sive ceremonies Nov. 19, 1904. It was unveiled
by the Baroness Speck von Sternberg, wife of
tho German ambassador, and was presented
fee. chief of staff; MaJ.-Gen. Gillespie, of
the general staff and master of ceremonies,
and by Lleut.C.en. von Loewenfeld, one of the
special commissioners sent to the unveiling
by the kaiser. An address was also made by
Charlemagne Tower, American ambassador to
Seldom has the national capital witnessed
a more brilliant and distinguished assembly
than that which gathered on the esplanade
of the army war college around the pedestal
of Kmperor William's gift. On the president's
stand were seated the president and the mem
bers of his cabinet, the German ambassador
and Baroness Speck von Sternberg and other
distinguished persons. On the stand to tho
right and left of the statue were the officers
of tho army and navy In full dress uniform,
members of the supremo court, members of
congress and a number of distinguished In
vited guests.
Germany's gift created considerable un
favorable comment throughout the country on
the part of the foreign population with no
particular love for the emperor. The Poles
were especially critical and Polish societies
throughout the country met to protest against
tho United States accepting the present from
royalty. The local Polish societies Joined In
tho protest. There were many others who
wondered what Emperor William was aiming
nnd that soon "something would be
doing." Since that attempt to dam
age the memorial of the great Freder
let n Ktrlct euurd has been main
tained about the statue.
Representative Bartholin or Mis
souri at the next session of congress will
champion a measure intended to change the
name of Lafayette square to Independence
square and he will ask that the memorial to
Gen Jackson, which stands In the center ot
the park shall be replaced by one of George
Washington. Mr. Bartholdt thinks that the
name Ifayette square gives too much promi
nence to a man of one nationality, while there
were men of other nationalities also to be re
membered by statues In the park who gave
Just as much service to the struggling colonies.
The Missouri congressman thinks that In a
sense Lafayette square makes an invidious
distinction. Lafayette holds a peculiar place
In the affections of Americans, and though It
may be without right or reason, he is known
much better to the people than either Steuben
or Ptilnskl There will be opposition to the
change In the name of the square, but as La
fayette Is remembered In bronze at Its most
commanding corner it may be that Mr. Bar
tholdt Is right in contending that the doubla
honor Is too much to give one man.
General Steuben's service to the American
patriots hardly can be estimated. It was not
so much his aid In actual battle as his teach,
lag of drill regulations and tactics and his Im
parting to tho revolutionary officers of the art
of maintaining efficient discipline that brought
htm fame nnd the honor of the leaders of tho
revolutionary aute.
Modern Nebuchadnezzar.
Seeing the man In his front yard
eating grass, we are about to make
some Jocund comment upon his evi
dent desire to avoid the expense of
maintaining a lawn mower, when our
attention Is attracted by a neat
placard upon his fence. It reads:
"I Know You Will Ask Me What I
Mean By This Fool Trick. I Have
Been Heading So Much About the
Meat and Bread and Milk and Butter
and Egg nnd Poultry and Fruit and
Vegetable Businesses That I Don't
Know What Klse to Do. Please Keep
Off the Grass."
Merely observing that he Is not tho
only man who Is cowed by the out
look, or the tnlook, as tho case may
be, wo move on.
"She was an Ideal wife, was she
not?' we ask of tho Inconsolable
"To the extreme," ho replies, sadly.
"Why, she was so Intent upon being
thoughtful that Bho warmed my slip
pers for me In the summer as well
as In tho winter, and Insisted upon
my taking medicines at the prescribed
hours even after I got well."
Th Trait That Holds.
"Brown hasn't gone fishing this
summer, has ho?' we ask of his friend.
"No. Ho bought an auto and has
been touring all the time."
"That's good. Possibly he may
overcome his habit of telling whop
pers." "Not a bit of It. Now he is always
bragging about the people he Just
missed running over.'