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Mrs. Gen. Custer

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A reporter of the N. x. Herald latey visited the widow of the late Gen. 3uster, to ascertain the reason why she s not receiving the pension due her. She, bowevor. declined to make any tatement lor publication, further than hat she wa8 confldent that had she made personal applieation to Congress for a pension that body would nava granted it, as in the case of other wid)ws, but she had never been able to do ;his, and eould not do it. One of her 'riends, however, who had not the same scruples, said: "There is no doubt that Mrs. Custer s entitled to the pension Congress usually grants to the widows of general officers. This is $50 a month, while ;he pension she receives is only $30 a month. It has been said a number of times by persons who are not well informed in the premises that to give her a pension in nccordance with General Custer's brevet rank would be to establish si precedent; but the fact is that the precedent has been established, and I believe that hers is the only case of the kind in which Congress has not given the larger pension. It certainly has done it in a number of instances. "General Custer was made a brigadier-general early in nis career and served as a general offioer throughout the war. After the war he was stationed in Texas a year, majorgeneral, he had a large and important command. Then he was transferred to the West, where he had command of a military district and where he feil in battle. "There is no doubt, or little doubt, that if the matter had been brought before Congress during the next session a proper pension would have been voted at once, in spite of a political enmity to General Custer which unhappily did not die when he died. It is proper to add that Mrs. Custer herself deprecated any publication which should seeni to be any presentation on her part or on tne part oí lier menas oí a eiaim on the public or on the nation. The gallant Custer himaelf coiM not have been more sensitivo in regard to what might appear in the light of an appeal. The faets are, ho wever, a sufflcient reply in themselves to any objection on her part. It seems, therefore, only a fit and decent thing that the public should be informed of the neglect on the part of Congress of the wife of one who feil in so gallant a flght in the defence of the nation. If it be the case that political enmity has been carrled to such an extreme as to deny to his widow the pension which has been given to the widows of other offleers of the same rank it is certainly well that the people should ünow it, so that the aetion of their servants in Congress snall at least be placed in its true light. Clara Louise Kellogg reuently dined at i hotel in Milán, Tennessee, Uiking her servant, a colored maid, with her to the same table. This social equality did not snit Mr. Miller, the proprietor, and he ordered the inaid to another table in a different part of the house Miss Kellogg told the landlord that if her maid could not ait beside her at the table she would go to another hotel, and Miller relented. Sonrti time ago at Saratoga, N. Y. experimenta showcd that a concentrated beam of electric light carried to a distance of seven miles still posseased sufflcient illuminatiug purposes to read by. In the French Algerian Trlangulation service the officers saw the eleclric light at the Spanish station of Zetica distant 16 uailea. A petrifled alligator is said to have been found imbedded in a solid rock, 20 feet under ground, in a quarry two miles from Saratoga Springs. It is flve feet and seven inches in length, and measures two feet back of the head, nine inches in diameter.


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