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The Stotsenburg Fund.
Denver, Colo., April 26, 1900.
To the Manager,
"Stotsenburg Fund," The Courier,
I have received and transmitted to
two friends tlie circular or "chain"
letter in regard to a fund for the
widow and children of Colonel John
M. Stotsenburg, First Nebraska In
fantry, U. S. V., who was killed at the
battle of Quingua, Luzon, Filipine
Islands, April 23rd, 1899, while lead
ing a charge of a part of his regiment
which had gone to the support of a
scouting party that had been attack
ed by the Insurgents.
As the First Nebraska Regiment
was part of my Brigade and as I was
intimately acquainted with Colonel
Stotsenburg and present at the en
gagement in which lie was killed, I
can testify to his excellent and heroic
service throughout the campaign and
gallantry in the action in which he
met his death. In this connection
you may be interested in the follow
ing extract from a reference to Colon
el Stotsenburg in my report recom
mending certain ollicers and enlisted
men for special honors for gallant and
"In conclusion, I desire to pay tri
bute to the bravery and distinguished
services of Colonel John M. Stotsen
burg, First Nebraska Infantry, U. S.
V., who was killed in the battle of
Quingua, April 23rd, 1900, while lead
ing his men with characteristic gal
lantry in one of the hottest charges
of the campaign. Colonel Stotsen
burg's gallantry on the battlefield was
an inspiration to his men and was in
a great measure responsible for the
splendid record of the Nebraska Kegi
ment. His services fully merited pro
motion to the rank of Brigadier Gen
eral. Ilis death was a serious loss to
his Regiment and the Array."
I am very glad to have an oppor
tunity to contribute to this fund, and
enclose herewith chequo for two dol
lars, which amount I should like to
have an opportunity to increase if
your "chain letters" does not produce
a sufficient amount.
Late Brigadier General, U. S. V.
In the Filipines.
The many friends of Mr. Frank Folk
will read the extracts from this graphic
letter to his mother and sister in Lin
coln, with much interest:
Jan., Cth, WOO.
I closed my last letter to get ready
to go on guard. I bad no idea how
eventful the night would be. Twelve
men and two corporals constitute the
guard for one night. Each corporal
has six men and places two of them on
guard at a time relieving them every
hour with two others. Notice that the
outposts are about four hundred yards
from the camp on the bank of a small
river and about a thousand yards from
the enemy's camp and town. About
ten o'clock that night, the second lieu
tenant and three men came out and
told us the battle would come off that
night, that one battalion of the 39th
would march around on the left, go'
through a weak place on the enemy's
lines and join the third battalion (four
companies) behind the town. The third
was to go by boat on the lake.
When the eight companies met they
were to attack the town from the rear,
drive the natives towards ub, (the first
battalion) and we were to finish them.
The instructions to the outposts were
not to fire a shot "under any considera
tion" but were to stay out there until
we 6aw the insurgents coming, but to
be sure it "was" they and then light out
for the camp and trenches as fast as
we could over rice fields and ditches.
"Not to tiro a shot even though we
were fired on!" That was real pleasant.
To think we had to stay there and be
shot at and not be allowed to return the
fire. The Lieutenant told us he
thought the dance would begin any
time between two and four in the morn
ing. Another pleasant thing! The
suspense of waiting out thore all alone
and so dark you couldn't see over a
However, it had to be done, so I had
my men take all the loads out of their
guna and put thorn back in their belts.
We grumbled among ourselves quite a
little, (out of hearing of the lieutenant
who had gone) and acreed they might
as well give us clubs when we went on
guard if we were not allowed to use our
Well, we sat down, or stood up if we
felt like it, to wait "impatiently" for
the fracas to begin. The way we tell
ime at night is to catch a lightening
bug, they are plentiful, and hold him
over the watch. Eleven twelve how
the hours drag along. One two. Now
we will have it in a moment. Look out
fellows, be ready! Three What ."is"
the matter? Half past three! "Will
they Lever" commence ? Four d
it all, they did not tind the niggers
there. What a hoax! Don't believe
they ever intended to have a fight at
all. Four thirty Bang, bang, bang
b-o-o ra-m. She's oh boys, hug the
bpnk as close as you can anJ look out
for the devils! "Bang" (a small volley)
whiz-z whiz z. "Hully gee," boss,
that was close!" Another volley and
more whizzing close to us. I believe
those cursed niggers are shooting at
this outpost. I wish to goodness it was
daylight. And they "were" shooting at
us as we found out, before the fellow
had finished the above sentence. A
perfect hail of maueer bullets tlew over
our heads and lit all around us. In
three moments b-o-o-m-m-m and a shell
flew over our heads and burst between
us and camp. Was I "scared ?" Well,
I "reckon I was." Home and mother
would have looked "migLty" good to
me then. In a few moments, "Halt!"
(from my sentry on the right) and
'then" my hair "did" stand up. I was
"sure" they were on top of us, but it
proved to be- the corporal and his six
men from the outpost on our right; he
had instructions to join me as soon as
the battle began. The first thing he
said was, "Those niggers must be rat
tled and think it is our battalion mak
ing the attack." So we all thought the
same way. Our surmise proved cor
rect as they soon quit and turned their
attention to the other fellows.
A little after daylight our captain
sent for us to come in and, we were glad
to go as it was mighty hard to have to
stay there and not fire a shot. If we
could have turned loose a few rounds
it would have relieved the strain.
We found all of the company in the
trenches waiting for our men to drive
them towards us. But the insurgents
were too foxy, they did not drive that
way but lit out for the mountains to
our left front, so the signal came: "Out
of your trenches and after them!"
Away we went as fast as wo could in
good order over the rough ground.
We caught part of them in the left
corner of the town and chaFed them like
a flock of sheep until we were out of
breath and they were too much scat
tered for us to get at them. Then an
order came from Colonel BuIIard for
the sergeant McConnell of D company,
(formerly a lieutenant in the First Ne
braska) and corporal Folk of 0 company
to take six men each, go back to the
town of Cabugao and burn it from one
end to the other, and to look out for
stray insurgents and be careful not to
get caught in a trap.
Back we weDt and the way wo did
burn those bamboo shacks was a cau
tion. I came near losing two of my
men who went into a shack where there
were six niggers who started for them,
but luckily, did not get any farther
than a start before three of them "were
good old has beens" and the other three
were tearing through the grass for the
lake with bullots singing around them.
I think they got away unhurt. I waB
about a hundred yards down the street
at the time and only got up there to
see the heads of the last three bobbing
through the tall grass.
We got a lot ofplunder in the way of
ponies, saddles, chickons, and things
like that. We did not have time to go
through the houses very much, so of
course t?id not get many souvenirs. We
captured six prisoners and chased a few
others. All this was done without a
man in the first battalion, A. B. C. and
D., getting a scratch. I have not been
able to leirn accurately yet bow the
second, E. F. G. and II., and the third,
I. K. L. and M., came out.
However, the General may rot like it
because we burned the town as we are
the first regiment which ever did that on
the island. In my opinion it is the only
way to put an end to the war, because
just bs soon as wo leave a village the
insurgents come right back and have
to be driven out again. After a few of
the towns havo been burned, the na
tives who claim to bo non-combatants
will quit harboring the insurgents.
After the battle the first battalion
came back to camp but the second and
third kept going for two days and cap
tured and burned every village for ten
or twelve miles on our front and left
front You may be sure 1 was good
and tired when it was over. Up all
night without a wink of sleep, no break
fast, and nothing but cotfee and bread
for dinner about two in the afternoon;
wading rivers and creeks, running
through high grass, jumping ditches
and falling over ridges all day.
General Funston got a great reputa
tion over there in the states having his
men swim or wade a river, but since I
have been here, I don't think much of
it as we have it to do every time we go
a mile f rotr camp in "any" direction,
and they are all the way from knee to
shoulder deep. We don't think any
more of wading a stream than people
in the states do of crossing a bridge.
I am inclined to think &ince I came
here. General Funston was pretty much
of a grand stand player. The regiment
which ha9 the best reputation over here
is the First Nebraska. We hear noth
ing but praise of The First.
mhmmm imm iiim mimi mumi
LOUISA L KIGKETTS.
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Notice of Probate of Will.
First Pub. May 5,-3.
In the county court of Lancaster county Ne
braska E 1461.
The state of Nebraska to Maud Arnold, Mark
Twain Arnold. William B. Arnold and to any
other persons interested in said matter.
Take notice that there Is on file in said court,
a petition slimed by William Ii. Arnold praying
for the probate of the last will and testlment of
Lois II. Arnold deceased, and for the appoint
ment of himself as executor. That on May ath
1900. at ten o'clock A. M., said petition will
be heard at the county court room In Lin
coln, in said county, and that if you do not then
appear and contest, said court mar probate
and record said will and grant administration
of the said estate to said William 11. Arnold as
Notice of this proceeding has been ordered
published for three weeks successively prior
to said hearing In The Courier of Lincoln, Ne
braska. Witness my hand and seal of said court this
30th day or April, lrtJU.
Iskai-J Fkajjk R. Waters.
Ry Walter A. Lkese, Clerk County Court.
Mrs. Lowe makes the following gen
Meeting of the executive board Mon
day morning, June 4, 9 o'clock, club
room Plankinton. A meeting of the
council will be held at the Athenaeum
Monday morning, June 4, at 11 o'clock.
State presidents, state chairmen of cor
respondence and club presidents are
members of this council. Topics for
discussion: "Co-operation Between Club
Women and Wage-earning Women." Re
organization G. F. W. C An open meet
ing will be held Monday afternoon,
June 4, in the Athenaeum, at 3 o'clock.
Reports of state presidents and state
chairmen of correspondence will be
given. State presidents will report
number of clubs in state federation,
members of clubs admitted since the
last biennial, lines of work adopted by
State chairman of correspondence
will report number of clubs in G.F. W.
C, number admitted since last bien
nial, lines of work adopted by club3
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