Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930, July 09, 1903, Image 6

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IM , I call it , " said the
fair young widow Marston. "when
you know I start for London to
morrow. Marry you , Sim Parker !
You ! Why , I may be a 'ladyship' be
fore 'I come back with all that money.
"You may. Some folks 'lows as you
mayn't , " said Mr. Sim Parker , totally
unmoved by Celinda's scorn. "You've
sold up everything ? "
"Everything , " said Celinda , decided
ly. "Everything , even the cow and the
the pig. Chub cried for tbe pig ; but
the cow and the pig were sold in one
lot because they're such friends. "
"But s'posin' , " delicately hinted Sim ,
"when you gets to London' there ain't
nothin' In this yer yarn about them
millions ? "
"I can't suppose anything of the
sort No one but a a groundhog like
you , Sim , would think of such a
thing. "
"I may be a groundhog groundhogs
is very good eatin' when you can't git
nothin' else but you're spendin' all
the money you've got , after you've
paid off tbe late lamentcd's mortgage ,
jess to fetch theseyer millions. How
flo'you know they're yours ? "
"How do I know ? Sim Parker , you
make me tired. I I feel It I tell me.
Wasn't my maternal great-grandfather
a Fraser ; and haven't I all the papers
proving my descent from the Frasera
of Ochiltree ? There's a matter of four
millions waialng for nie. Pounds ,
mind you , not paltry dollars. All I
have to do is to go over to London ,
walk Into the Bank of England , say ,
'I've come for the money , ' and they'll
give it to me straight off , or I'll know
( the reason why. I reckon to stay just
itwo days In London , and then home
again. I want to buy the Judge's place
'when I come back. "
| "You're golu' to take the baby with
you ? "
"Chub ? Of course I take the darling
with me. You don't suppose I'd go
without him ? "
"And you won't take me ? " " "
"To London , or marry you ? "
"Both. "
"Neither , thank you. I don't think
you could live up to the Fraser mil
lions. "
. "You've sorter set folks' backs up , "
tSelicately hinted Sam , "with theseyer
kigh-falutin' notions of yours. They're
glad you're golu' . "
The youthful widow turned upon
him with a glorious light In her beau
tiful black eyes. "And you , Sim ?
Tou're you're not glad ? "
"See that tree ? " asked Sim , pointing
( to an ancient rock elm which leaned
crookedly against the side of Celinda's
' 'pretty little house the house she had
just sold.
. "Of course I do ! What has that got
te do with it ? "
"You'll find me leanin' agin it when
you eomc back ; that's alL" The young
fellow's blue eyes impressed her with
sense of power. Her own fell be-
aeath hie masterful gaze.
"Croak away , " she said , scornfully.
"If I've need of you when I come
back , I'll ask for your forgiveness. "
"That'll do me , " said the imperturb-
nble Sim. "That'll do me , your your
Mdyship. "
"Her ladyghlp" made him a pretty
.courtesy , and held the infant Chub ,
ajed two and a half , more closely to
her. 'You'll be a lord when we get the
money , " she said , ecstatically , to that
gl ping cherub ; "and Til dress you
up with a gold crown. "
) "Take my advice , sonny , " said Sim
to tbe Interesting infant "and don't
have nothin' to do with It You'll
have a heap more fun with the pig. I
washed him a-purpose yesterday. " He
laboriously produced a document from
his pocket "I've brought you a let
ter. "
"What for ? "
"It's for a big Canadian lawyer set-
'tled in London Hiram Gould. I've
sent him fifty dollars and told him to
give you a show for the money. "
You dared to do that ! "
"Of course. I reckoned you wouldn't
take me along. Somebody's got to
take you round and give you a good as
time. "
Celinda was touched. "You mean
well , but you're so ignorant Sim. "
"I'm not too Ignorant to know you're
the prettiest girl in the Ottawa val
ley. "
"You mustn't I'm not a girl , Sim.
I'm a widow. "
"If wishln' could have made you a be
widow , you wouldn't have waited all
this time. He was a bad lot"
"He was , " calmly acquiesced Celin it.
da. "Most men are. That is why I
want the money to be independent of
them. I wonder who bought my house ,
Sim ? "
"I wonder. "
"If you're very good , when I come
back I'll get you to manage things
for me. "
"I'd rather manage you , " said the
fervent Sim.
"Don't be so familiar. Remember ,
I'm a great lady. "
Sim sb/ugged his shoulders. "No ly
use sayiiv' nothin' ? "
"No usft. "
1 Sim's Hps worked a little. "Celinda ,
you're l&yin' up a heap of trouble for
yourself. "
"When I want you to get me out of
It , I'll tell you , " she said , haughtily ,
&nd went Into the house. By
( Q ) =
There was a big but unsympathetic
procession to see Celinda start from
the wharf next day. Four Cornerites
vaguely resented Celinda's airs and
graces , and did not believe that she
would get the money. But she looked
so radiant and confident that even the
case-hardened editor of the Four Cor
ners Gazette offered to adopt Chub un
til she came back. Celinda , haughtily
conscious of the hostility of her for
mer friends , was coldly distant , and I
rather resented Sim's accompanying
her to Montreal.
But when the boat was slowly
"tugged" out .from . the wharf , and
she saw Sim's handsome face receding
In the distance. Celinda , conscious of
certain misgivings , took tbe radiant
Chub down to her cabin and cried
over him a little. The story of her
being the heiress to the Fraser mil
lions was noised about all over the
ship. For the last two years Celinda
industriously studied up the family
pedigree , and there was no flaw in the
evidence. As far back as 1750 Fraser
of Ocbiltree's eldest son * had emi
grated to Canada. When Fraser of
Ochiltree died his son had never
claimed his money , which presumably
continued to accumulate. One of the
Montreal papers said that it amounted
to four millions. All Celinda had to
do was to prove her Identity and bring
back the money. She wanted to settle
down In the Judge's bouse and show
people what she thought of them. But
when the vessel got outside Quebec ,
Celinda would have given all the Fra
ser millions to be back at Four Cor
But in time she recovered. Chub
( he declined to be seasick ) made violent
lent love to the captain , whom he per
sisted In looking upon as a parent
greatly to that worthy's embarrass
ment He was a married man , and
told Chub BO ; but Chub only laughed
and gurgled , and wanted him to "tiss
mummy" a proposal which sent a
blush to the young widow's pretty
When Celinda reached Liverpool the
captain obtained permission from his
owners to take her up to town , and
leave his first officer in charge. Ce
linda had refused to many the first
officer four times , the second officer
twice , the third officer thrice , but they
none of them bore malice , except to
pity tbe captain for being a married
man. "You see , " said the first officer
to his companions in misfortune , "we
can afford to look down on him , be-
cause he's'out of it married. Now , if
the widow comes back with us for the
return trip , we can go on proposing
until she gets tired and takes one
of us. It looked at first as if the old
man had the bulge on us , but you just
wait until he goes home and tellg his
wife all about it"
Siia Parker went into what-had once
been Celinda's pretty house and gazed
at it with an air of satisfaction. Ev-
erything was just as It had been before -
fore Celinda went away to fetch the
hypothetical four millions. Chub's
cradle , already aired , stood in one cor
ner. Sim gave It a thoughtful push
with his foot and set it rocking. Some
interesting works of art on the wall
shone In fresh frames. The rooms had
been repapered and the kitchen ceiling
whitewashed. At the sale Sim had
been the only bidder for five photo
graphs of the late unlamented Dick
Marston. With a certain delicacy he
took them into the kitchen and put
them in the stove , as if he thought
they would thus rejoin the person
whom they portrayed. The "hired
girl" wore a new frock , presented to
tier by Sim. Celinda's little pig , no
longer an outcast , in spite of his pit-
ecus entreaties , had been scrubbed by
Sim into a state of pinky perfection , In
case Chub wanted to "love him. " The :
black and white cow looked out from
her stall and lowed to a pretty little
black and white calf which had mys-
terlously appeared upon tbe scene. The
calf wore a collar with the word
'Chub" in brass letters.
"So far that's all right" said Sim ,
he went round the veranda and
noticed a belated humming bird hovB
ering over a big fuschia in Its green
tub. "Now , if parson and his wife will
only come in time' Celinda ' 11 git here
iust after dark , and nobody be any tbe
wiser. "
He looked at a telegram from his
agent In Montreal , and smiled. Then
"I dunne , " he mused. "I dunne as
It's fair to Celinda to force her into
. Reckon she'll be feelin' pretty
bad. " h
He heard the whistle of the night
boat as she fussed up to the long
wharf. I'd like to wring the neck of
that whip-poor-will , " mused Sim , tak
ing his position against the tree he
had mentioned to Celinda. "Makes me
feel that lonesome , it gives me the
chills. "
The inhabitants of Four Corners
were all indoors enjoying their even
ing meal , and the stage , after vain
waiting at the wharf to bring up
passengers , crawled emptily into Four
"Juss so , " said Sim , placidly contin-
ilng to smoke. "Juss so. She ain't
' to come up In the stage , and have
half the place rushln' out to jeer at n'
her. Not much. No , sir. Not much.
and large , Celinda's pretty cute. " Ci
\ "Are you there , Sim ? " asked a pleas-
j ant voice , as the parson's wife approached - '
preached a tree.
"You bet I'm here , Mrs. Clarke , "
said Sim , with a smile ; "but it's sort
of lonesome. "
"You'll be very gentle with her , "
hesitated the minister's pretty wife.
"You'll be very gentle with her , Sim.
True love is never harsh or unkind. "
Sim nodded cheerfully. "You bet I'll
be gentle. Minister In there ? " He
pointed to the little parlor , in which ,
he lamp shone brightly.
"My husband ? Yes ; he's very hun
gry , Sim. Don't be longer than you
tcan help. "
"I've got a deputation of our 'lead-
Ing citizens' hiding behind the bam , "
grinned Sim. "Had to pay old Parker
ten dollars afore he'd come , and Chris
Johnson five dollars ; but they've
learned their speech. "
"You're a good man , Sim , " said the
little lady , and tripped away to join
her husband.
Presently , as Sim stood leaning
against a tree , a slight figure stole
timidly through the dusk. In its arms
it carried a bundle. A sob rose to Its
lips as it looked at the cozy little
house. Then it turned sadly away.
Chub , wbo was weary , began to cry.
"I wouldn't go If I were you , Celin
da , " said Sim , softly.
Celinda gave a little sob also , then
choked it back. "I I wanted just to
have one look at it again. I might
have known you'd be here , Sim. "
"Of course , " said Sim , quietly.
'Didn't I say so ? "
"They laughed at me , " faltered Ce
linda. "I went to the Bank of Eng
land with Mr. Gould , and they were
quite satisfied with my proofs. The
only difficulty was that there wasn't
any money. It had never been lodged
at tbe bank at all , and no one knew
what had become of it"
She turned away bitterly.
"Where are you going to put up , Ce
linda ? "
'Anywhere anywhere. I'm going
into the bush , " she said , fiercely. "I
haven't a friend left here. It serves
me right l l'm only grieving for
Chub's sake. "
"I wouldn't do that if I was you ,
Celinda. Here's your own house wait
ing for you , all fixed up cumferable. "
"My own house ? "
"Of course. " Sim took Chub from
her tired arms. "Your own house , Ce
linda. Shall I carry the little feller Su
for you ? "
"But I sold it" a
"Well , I bought it back for you.
You've no call to thank me , " said Sim.
"You ! You ! " She knelt at his feet.
Sim held Chub with one hand and
raised her with the other. "I'll go
away if you don't wont me , " he whis
pered , brokenly. 'Only , there's a dep
utation waltln' to welcome you back ,
and parson's in the parlor. Brace up ,
Celinda. Brace up. " >
"Sim , dear , will you forgive me ? "
she whispered , and kissed him with
a heart and a half. "I've been wicked ,
so unkind , so brutal to you. "
"You've kissed me , " said Sim.
'Kissed me ! That answers every
thing. "
He led her proudly to the house as
she wiped away her tears. Once inside
side , Celinda "braced up" and received
the greetings of the parson and his wife
with shy cordiality. "Would you
please marry us , and then we'll have
supper ? " she said , with characteristic P
decision ; and the parson understood.
"The deputation" staggered In on the
brief ceremony finished. "You kin git at
out again , " said Sim. "You've been
asleep behind the barn. " to
'Ain' glep' a wink. Wansh earn ten
dollars , " hiccoughed old Parker. "We ,
the undershlned " He looked help lin
lessly round. is
"Clti citizens , " hiccoughed Jimmer-
"We , tbe undershined " $
'Well , you kin juss go and ahine
somewheres else , " said Sim. "Fni a
married man , I am , and I can't have
two cranks like you foolin' round. "
After making three unsuccessful at-
tempts to find the door the deputation
withdrew. . '
"We'll take them home , " said the
parson , making a sign to his wife. And ' .
hey followed the devious footsteps of
the deputation. „ ,
ttO1 Outside , the river murmured at its
own sweet will. All the happy souls
who had ever loved shone down upon
them with radiant starlit eyes as Sim
placed sleepy Chub within the empty ral
cradle. Slowly , slowly Celinda turned
and hid her face upon his breast the
Black and White. ties
Cause and Effect. prc
"I beg your pardon , " said the young prcC
doctor , who bad recently settled In a
the neighborhood ; "did I understand of
you to say yesterday that you never cut
uad any sickness at your house enn
therefore never engaged a family phy the
sician ? " Ion
"No , " replied Krotchett. "I said I bir
engaged a family physician and there : hai
fore -never had any sickness at our not
house. " Philadelphia Ledger. the
A New-Pan/ Alarm Clock.
A PhlUidelphian has devised a nove
arrangement of alarm clock and phonj hoi
ograph combined , which not only wh
wakes him in the morning , but tells
him why he should arise. The spring
which starts the alarm starts a mo-
uent later a phonographic attachment ,
which says : "Get up. you lazy loafer , '
's ' 7 o'clock ! "
A man who is nearly 80 years old , I * . to
sick , and says he can't imagine what most
is the trouble. We can tell him : h ? that
was born too long ago. a t
After all , can you blame people fop V
not ' being as nice as they pretend ? pd
Some people are so mean that they
can insult with a compliment an
Advice of a Jeweler Who Decides tb *
t Wagers.
In the windows of nearly all the
bis retail jewelry stores down town
tire chronometers- fact , the chron
ometer has become the most valuable >
part of the window display.
Two prosperous-looking men , after
comparing watches the other day with
one of these chronometers , were seen
to go inside the store and a few min
utes later to reappear. As they did
So one of the men passed a roll of
bills to the other. Then they laughed
Shook hands , and separated.
The jeweler stood inside and smiled.
"It's funny , " be said , "how many
people there are in this world who
have the betting fever and how foolishly -
ishly they risk their money. These
two men are samples. Before the day
Is over I've no doubt half a dozen more
will be in to get me to decide similar
bets. Every day we have some.
"What did they bet on ? Why. on
the nearness of their watches to the
correct time. Of course , two men who
make such a bet have the betting
hunch to begin with. Then they're
also stuck on the watches they cany.
'There was the difference of two
seconds between the watches in the
case you just noticed , but on that
$25 changed hands. I've known it to
be as high as a hundred.
"The difference between any two
watches is rarely less than a half
second. It's generally more. But
when a bet is made men generally
want the jeweler to decide it. and. of
course , we're always willing. I guess
quite a few thousands have chang d
hands on my decisions by this time.
"A man will get a watch abroad
and pay big money for it. He'll meet
a friend who has bought one of the
crack American watches , and if
they've got the sporting instinct a bet
will'almost invariable * follow a com-
parlson of the watches.
"Perhaps both men have set their
watches that day or the day before ,
and so are willing to wager all the
money they've got with them , and
that's often a big roll.
"When one of them finds that his
watch , instead of being almost with
the chronometer , ia , say , twenty-five
seconds out he's the most surprised
man in the world.
"A man who bets on a watch , al
though he may think he's betting on
the surast thing in the world , is betting -
ting on something more uncertain than
race horse. You can tell generally
when the horse isn't going to run well ,
but you can't tell that about your
"I wouldn't bet on the correctness
of my time from here to the next block.
In just that distance the mainspring
might develop the weakness that no
thus far devised can detect when
t's made , and your watch is off. Then
'ou lose your money If you're foolish
nough to bet on what you thought was
sure thing. " Chicago Inter Ocean.
Ten-elevenths of the world's people
are north of the equator.
A Swedish sculptor has solved the
problem of casting statues in one
An enormous sunflah , weighing 150
pounds , waa left stranded by the tide
Blakeney , Norfolk , England.
The Clyde's mouth must be enlarged
permit the exit of two big Cunard
steamers now being built therein.
A new effort is being made in Dub
to revive the old Irish harp , and It ?
meeting with considerable support.wl
The -maharajah of Baroda has a H
piece of woven work which cost over
$1,000,000. It is only 10x6 feet in size ,
but Is woven from strings of pearls , QU
with a center and corner circles of dia
monds. It was three years in the
Last year 2.075 English ships went
through the Suez canal , 511 German
ships. 2S1 French ships , 230 Nether-
land. 138 Austria-Hungary , 129 Rus
sian , 57 Japanese , 87 Italian , 35 Span
, 47 Norwegian. 20 Danish. 40 21
Turkish and 25 United States ships.
A grove of handsome pine trees borders CI
ders the highway near the town of ne
Eustis. Me. , forming one of the natu wl
beauties of the place. It seems ba
that a practical lumberman wanted
trees and offered the town authori ne
$3,000 for them , enough to pay tbe clcMi
entire municipal debt , but the town Mi
preferred keeping tbe trees. th.
Conclusions may be made regarding of
bird's I habitat from an observation
his structure. The short wings of
cuckoo , thrasher , towhee and catbird crt
enable them to fly and jump about in
thicket or brush heap , while the
long-winged kingbird and swallow are .
birds of the open. The so-called nightSlt
hawk , which Is not a hawk and does
fly at night , was compared with
nocturnal whip-poor-will. Many of M
readers may be surprised to learn
) numerous nighthawks build their for
on the gravel roof tops of the
houses on Beacon street Boston , from and
which they frequently fly over the 8ir
Public Garden and the Common.
_ had
Oranges. for
Some exceedingly fine oranges come I otl
out of Mexico the orange maggot v
aware of that but they quickly go a
pith. Floridas and Californias al fo
: alone bave staying qualities and r
deep , satisfactory bouquet which in
touch of frost imparts. rJi
What has become of the old fashion of
women who went to the cellar to : hsf
cobweb pills when any of the > f
family had a fever ? ° °
NOW LlVIftO- .
, -
fiauks of the Union Lcatlera Thinnins
Intereitintr Anecdotes Kecalled by
General "BalJy"smith' * Ueath-
Conspicuous in the Grcut Struggle.
In this country we bave no moi
forcible reminder of the fact that we
tr < i entering upon a new era in our imL
uonnl history than the bulletins AVbich
I anounce from day to day tba daith of
Lie men who figured prominently in
tbe command .f our army during the
ilvil war. The thiee chief c nima.dvijs
long siucv passed away , a id tlucj iheir
d..iiths tbe ranks ; of tbe nitu wbo ac-
hvely upheld tbe Union have be-.n
thinning with steadily mcr .nslng ra-
pidlry. The deaths of General Beiiia-
tnin F. Butler , General Franklin and
General William Farrar Smith removes
&mong the lavt of the mou wJio iuaugu-
rated and conducted ae.a a e camet
paigns. There are now but fourJ J
teen major gonco-uis who held that iank |
tluring tbe civil war , i nd of these only i
me or two ever commanded independJ J
ein divisions or corps. As these figures
pasa from the scene of present day at'-
fairs rnany contrasts between the way
J1 which they met and solved the prob
lems of their day , and the methods
followed at the present time are pryj I j
santed. : Much of the picturesquenei.s ;
of ; civil war times hau disappeared in
our ordinary llf' - and tills is even truer
in the case of our military and naval J
establishments. For instance , in con-
fiectlon with the death of General
Smith , "Baldy" Smith he was always
called ; by his intimates , it w.ll be pleas
ant : to recall as a key to the man's
character flic courage and resourceful
ness with he conducted his campaign
with the Army of the Potomac in the
action leading up to the attack on
Richmond. No more picturesque inci
dent stands out from the history of tbe
civil war. Smith's command was a
"movable column , " consisting of 10,000
infantry , sixteen pieces of artillery and
a squadron of cavalry , and he was or
dered ( to join the Army of the Potomac.
Cold Spring Harbor , engaged the ene
my for nine days , and on the four
teenth retired to Bermuda Hundred.
The next day he was ordered to attack
Petersburg , and th&t night moved for
ward , meeting the enemy early next
morning. Some rifle pits were cap-
tured , and Smith formed lines in front
of the fortifications of Petersburg.
Acting * H'a Own Scout.
The enemy's artillery was strong and
well served , and Smith could not bring
up his own guns. He had no engineer
officer to make a reconnoissance of tie "
enemy's line to discover- its weak
points , and so "Baldy" Smith became
his own scout , crawling on his hands
and knees for two hours. He coaxed
his men forward , hi amall bodies , grad
ually getting his guns into position ,
and in this way they fought until 7
o'clock In the evening , when a general
assault was ordered. Two hours later
the principal fortifications to the key
of the confederacy were taJcen. . Smith
lost 750 men in round numbers , 500 of
whom were negroes. He took uixteen
gun * , six being captured by the black
troopa , who fought gallantly. Han-
cock'a troopa had been ordered to op
erate with Smith at this battle , but the of
Instructions were defective and the
corps was delayed. Smith alwayg be no
lieved that the defective instructions
were given to embftrraas him.
Of General Smith General Grant once
said : "Smltti , while a very able officer ,
obstinate , and is likely to condemn er
whatever Is not luggeeted by himself. "
He < was not averse to critlcirlng his su
periors in command , and this fact did
not add to his popularity in certain
quarters. He was a fighter , not a civ
diplomat and as a result his career Ma
during the war was a stormy one. iy
It was In the Virginia peninsular se
campaign that his real active service Co
began , and out of which there arose wa
the famous controversy which was Ra
ended but three years ago. After the Th
battle of Ghickamauga , on September by
, 1863 , General Ilosecrana drew up fee
hla army near the southern side of ter
Chattanooga , Tenn. The railroad connecting Ba
necting Chattanooga with Bridgeport , the
which formed the then only available far
base of supplies from the north , left Te
the . city , crossed Chattanooga creek ate
near its mouth , followed the river Ra
closely to the north end of Lookout des
Mountain , passed through a tunnel and mo
then . debouched into the northern end riv
Lookout valley. All passes in the inf
mountain ( were abandoned , for the the
Union line was behind Chattanooga two
creek and Lookout valley. WI
Around Chattanooga. Gen.
General ( Rosemcrans , hi command at B.
Chattanooga , was in a dangerous po ma
sition , and the condition of his army , time
shut off as it was from its base , was west
described by General Grant hi his me
Memoirs * as follows : ope
"This country afforded but little food tre
] his ( Rosecrans * ) animals , nearly ing
10,000 ' of which had already starved , are
not enough were left to draw a ain
single piece of artillery , or even ambu bal
lances to convey tbe sick. The men in
been on half rations of hard bread on
a considerable time , with but few ing
other supplies except beef from Nash fee
ville , across the country. The region Kii
along the road became so exhausted of Shf
food for cattle that by the time they war.
reached Chattanooga they were mucli
the condition of the few animals left L
rJive there. Indeed , the beef was so of
that the soldiers were in the habit house
saying with a faint facetlousness Iy ,
hnt they were living 'on half ration ? con
hard bread and beef dried on the ner
hoof. ' " the
Grant arrived at Chattanooga on Ocstai [
tober 23 , anil the next day General
Smith , who was then chief engineer of
the Army of the Cumberland , with Hoi
commander < in chief reconnoltered th
position , which the former said he had
discovered at the mouth of Lookout
valley. General Smith's plan was t
surprise the enemy , seize the hflLs
south of the Tennessee river at
Brown's Ferry f build a pontoon bridgev
recover the lines of communication and
gain control of tbe river. General
Grunt gave his sanction and deputed *
"Baldy" ; Smith to command the force *
which were to capture the heights and
Lookout valley.
The movement , carried out on Octo
ber 27 , was successful and the army
relieved , which allowed General Sher
man to reach Chattanooga , and made
possible the victory of Missionary
Ridge. Thanks were tendered to Gen-
ui-al Smith and his officers , and In gen
eral orders No. 2 5. issued on November - *
ber , 7. 1SG3 , General Thomas , who bad
succeeded Rosecrans , said :
"To Brigadier General W. F. Smith ,
ciiL-f engineer , should be accorded
grunt , praise for the ingenuity which
conceived and the ability which ex- f
ecu ted the movement at Brown's Fer-
n . Wheai the bridge was thrown at
Brown's Ferry on the morning of tha
27th the surprise was as great to the
army within as to the army besieging
jt from without"
hto en Thunder.
The enemy made no further attempt
to gan ! Lokout valley. For m-jre than.
thirty years the glory of this move-1
mont balougtd to General Smith. A1
few years ago , however , the atlas of
the Chickaniauga and Chattanooga Na
tional Park Commission was issued ,
and in it was the legend which assert
ed "that at daylight of October 27 the
river line of communication with
Bridgeport was opened by execution of
a plan for recovering Lookout valley ,
devised by General Rosecrans.3' "Baldy" ;
Smith declared this was incorrect , and )
asked for an investigation.
On August 23 , 1900 , a board of army
officers met at Governor's Island , in
New York harbor , to consider tbe mat
ter. From the findings of the court
it would appear that "Baldy" Smiti
had stolen Getneral Rosecrans' thunder.
Among other things , the report of the
Board said :
"The board failed to find evidenco' '
that Smith was the originator of plans-
for the relief of Chattanooga by mili
tary operations to be conducted on
Lookout valley , but abundant evidence
that the plan which contemplated
crossings < of the Tennessee river at
Bridgeport and at the northern end of
Lookout valley , and which was exe
cuted by General Thomas October 20-
28 , was devised and prepared by Rose
crans before relinquishing command ,
and that Its execution was begun un
der orders Issued by Thomas the very ;
night ( October 19) ) that Rosecrans wasf
relieved from command of the Depart
ment of Cumberland , without consulta-i
tion with Smith. "
It was brought out at the investiga-j
tion that General Rosccrans in Sep-t
tember , 1803 , had issued orders to reoccupy - }
occupy Lookout valley by reinforce
ments from the north , which were to
operate with troops from Chattanooga. '
The plans involved the crossing of the
Tennessee river at Brown's Ferry by a
bridge. Reinforcements under General
Hooker arrived at Bridgeport on Sep
tember SO , and Smith , reaching Chntta- .
nooga about the same time , was toU
the contemplated movement Aei
cordinj to the testimony , Smith made
reconnolflsance of th river until
October ID , the day General Rosecrana
was relieved , and the bitter was reallj
responsible for the detail * of the move
ment which Generals Smith and Hook
, directed by General Thomas , car *
rled out New York Evening Post
Target In Civil "War.
The last man fired upon during the
civil war lives in Huron , S. D. He ia
Maj. Fred F. B. Coffin , who has recent
attracted attention as an author of
several works on metaphysics. Major
Coffin was in the List battle of the
war , which occurred at Palmetto
Ranch , Texas , on May 12 and 13 , 1865.
The Union forces were commanded
Gen. Theodore H. Barrett ; the Con
federate forces by Gen. J. E. Slaugh-
. On the night of May 11 Gen.
Barrett sent Col. David Branson with
Sixty-second United States in
fantry and two companies of the First
Texas cavalry to. destroy a Confeder
outpost and camp at Palmetto
Ranch. The camp was captured and
destroyed. About 4 o'clock on tha
morning of May 13
Gen. Barrett ar
rived -with the Thirty-fourth Indiana
infantry. An advance was made and
Confederates were driven about
miles beyond Palmetto Ranch :
When the Union troops arrived thera
: . Barrett ordered Major Fred F.
Coffin , then a captain , to take com.
mand of the skirmishers. In a short
Capt Carrington rode up to tha
end of the grade with a detach ,
ment of Confederate cavalry an < J
opened fire. He
soon ordered a re.
treat. : As the Confederates were leavi
one cavalryman wheeled his hors
around , dismounted , took deliberate
, and fired at Major Coffin. Thi
struck in the sand about six feel
front i of him. This was at sundews
May 13 , 18G5. The following mom
an order was received to the efl
that Gen. Dick Taylor and Gen ,
Kirby Smith had surrendered to Gen-
Sheridan , which
incident closed th/
; . Chicago Inter Ocean ,
Louis XVIII. spent most of the yean
his exile in England. He took i
in London , where he lived quiet
and , It is said , was much mon *
concerned with the quality of his dirt
than the nature of the news frotf
war that was waged for hla reio
statement on the throne of Franc * .