The Washington Poat is authority for the statement that the late General Thomas Pitcher gave General Grant his real start. They had been elassmates at West Point. At the opening of the civil war Pitcher, then a captain, had i been sent to Springfleld, Hls., to act as United States umstering officer. A stranger entered his office one day, and Pitcher relates the following story of the interview : " 'You don't seem to remember me, Tom,' said the visitor. " 'No, I don't,' I said, 'but I've seen yon sornewhere I know. ' " 'I'm Saín Grant,' he answered. "His beard had so chauged him that I did not know him, and then, you see, I I had not seen hiru since 1849. He sat , down, and I said: 'Wel!, Sam, how does it happen that yon are here?' " 'I came here, ' he said, 'to getsomething to do. Can't you give me something, Tom?' " 'Yes, I can,' said I. 'You know how to make out muster rolls?' " 'I should think so, ' said Grant, witb the flrst smilo seen on his face. " 'Well, lam allowed$100 per month j and rations for a clerk. If you like, take j that table over there and begin now. ' " ' A month later Pitcher walked into his office and handed his clerk an official envelope direoted to "Colonel U. S. Grant." The clerk's face turned red, then pale. "There 's your chance, Sam," said Captain Pitcher. "I'll never forget this, Tom, never!" answered the other as he wiped somer thing out of his eyes with his handkerchief. Nor did he. Until Grant's death he ■wasPitcher'sfaithñüfriend and helper. ! It was always "Sam" and "Tom" between thom.