Mulhall Enterprise (Mulhall, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 48, Ed. 1 Friday, November 26, 1909 Page: 3 of 8
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enridge. We didn't go back far, only
to a little elevation where we took up
i position to re-form. Now it' you
want to know anything else about the
battle, you'll have to ask some chap
who did not get poked in the abdomen
with a bunch of shrapnel as 1 did."
Miles and Brooke made the charge
that morning together. Two officers
who rode with Brooke, Colonels Mor-
ris and Byrnes, were killed at the gen
eral's side by a part of the same
"bunch of shrapnel" that "poked
Brooke in the abdomen. Gen. Miles
was a conspicuous figure on the field
during that fight, always in front and
in the thick of things, and yet escap-
ing without a scratch
Possibly it was lucky for Gen.
Brooke that the shrapnel found him
when it did. He was no nearer the
iSLiY seven officers of
he United States ar-
my now living have re
other than brevets, foi
service, and have had
the facts concerning
the service for which
the honor was con-
ferred set forth in the
selves. One of these
officers is Maj. Gen. John R. Brooke, who was
given his rank as a brigadier general of volun
teers years ago "for distinguished services dur-
ing the battles of the Old Wilderness and
Spottsylvania Court House. Va.'
Among the officers who bear Gen. Brooke
company in the matter of having been special
ly recognized by gilts of commissions for gal
gjzjy. c/c7&/-& 3rooio. \
g£iv m7t.ks was aiwtcis hv frontATO Iff ths
thick or tthng<s
lant services, are Lieut. Gen. Nelson A. Miles
and Maj. Gen. Wesley Merritt.
Gen. Brooke goes from Washington to Flor-
ida in the fall. The cold of the northern win-
ter strikes into his wounds, and as this old sol-
dier has more than his share of wounds he is
in pain all over his body when they begin hurt-
ing in unison. At the battle of Gettysburg he
commanded the Fourth brigade of the Second
Army corps, and at an early stage of the fight
a ball struck him in the left leg, shattering the
bone. Brooke went through the battle with
only one good leg. but when asked afterward
how this was possible, he said that his horse
had four good legs, and that as a consequence
he could spare at least one of his own.
It was at Cold llarbor that the general re-
ceived the injury of which it was thought he
would die, but his constitution came to his aid
dnd he pulled through. It is a curious coinci-
dence that Gen. Miles and Gen. B'ooke took
part together in three campaigns as general
officers. Their brigades were side by side at
Cold Harbor, and later, in the Sioux war which
■was waged in the country about Pine Kidge
agency, Miles and Brooke, the one a major gen-
eral and the other a brigadier general, led the
forces in the field against Kicking Bear, Short
Bull and their Ogallalla and Brule Sioux fol-
lowing. In the Spanish-American war Miles
and Brooke campaigned together in Porto
It was at the Spottsylvania Court llouso light
in which Gen. Brooke so distinguished himself
as to gain from his superior officers the com-
mendation which resulted In adding a grade
to his rank. By a bit of hard, dashing work
he captured two batteries of field guns that
•were playing havoc with one of the Hanks of
*he union army, and the general had a part
in the capture of nearly the whole of John-
son's division of the confederate force.
(ien. Brooke was an eyewitness at Spott-
sylvania of the heroic bravery of Gen. Robert
K. Lee, who, as Gen. Brooke tells It, "seeing
disaster all along the line, rode out barehead-
ed in front of his men and sat, dauntless, on
his horse, sotting an example of bravery to his
following 'Get bnck, Gen. Leo!' his soldiers
shouted, and when finally the confederate chief-
lain turned slowly to the rear his men came on
to the charge with a gallantry and a force (hat
checked our advance and saved the remnant of
their army from destruction."
At Cold Harbor, Lee was firmly Intrenched
and Grant's method of getting at him was by
direct assault from Ihe front. Gen. Brooke
hasn't much to say about the battle of Cold
Harbor. This is what he does say. "My com-
mand took part in a direct assault on the
works. We went at It, but as McDougall and
Byrnes did not get up at once, we were
smashed back for our pains by Hill and Breck-
grave with the awful
wound in his body, per-
haps, than he would have
been if, unscatched at the
beginning of the fight, he
had been able with his
men to continue the rush-
ing of the confederate
works all through that day
of death. As another has
written it: "Time and
again the federal troops
rushed the works at Cold
Harbor always to be re-
pulsed with murderous
loss by the cool fire of the
southern soldiers. It is
reckoned that on this fa-
tal day in the charges
alone, 5,000 union troop-
ers went down."
came to John R. Brooke
for gallant services at
Antletam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and on
the fields of the battles already named. He
was a volunteer officer, but the character of
his service had been such that at the close of
the war he was made a lieutenant colonel of
During his western service Brooke fought
every tribe of Indians that had the heart to
take the warpath against the regulars. His
Indian fightlag ended when on a winter morn-
ing In the year 1891, 5,000 Sioux, after warring
for a month, were driven by the forces of
Miles and Brooke Into Pine ltldge agency,
where they surrendered.
When the Spanish-American war broke out
Gen. Brooke was in command of the depart-
ment of the Missouri, with headquarters in
Chicago. He was ordered to take charge of
the military camp at Chlckamauga park. La-
ter ho led nil army corps to Porto Klco, ex-
pecting a tight but not getting it. There was
a skirmish or two, but the campaign practical-
ly was bloodless. At one time It appeared that
a battle was Imminent, but a courier reached
the army with the news of the signing of the
pence protocol. "I ruther think," Gen. Brooko
said recently, "that my men were a little bit
disappointed at being called off, but It could
not be helped."
Gen. Brooke was the first military governor
of the Island of Cuba under American occu-
pation. He laid the base upon the solid walls
of which others built, to the gaining credit for
the superstructure when much of the prulsu
should have been given to the foundation.
There were men having the good of tho
service at heart who feared that Charles P.
Humphrey, until recently quartermaster gen-
eral of the United Status army, might bo
placed upon the retired list by order of Presi-
dent Roosevelt before ho had reached the age
at which retirement is compulsory. The men
who held this fear probably did not know Mr.
Quartermaster General Humphrey is In
Washington. In July, 11 years ago, he was a
colonel and quartermaster stationed at Santi-
ago, Cuba. Humphrey is a veteran of the civ-
il war and of the Indian wars. There came to
him a lieutenant colonel of the volunteer cav-
alry, known as tho "Rough Riders." This lieu-
tenant colonel wanted transportation for his
troops and wanted It "bad and quick," for tho
battling war was over and the fever had laid
its grip on the men.
- Col. Humphrey knew his duty anil he knew
that In transportation matters as In other
matters, the troops must be considered In line
of precedence, and In line of orders. There
were other officers ahend of the lieutenant col-
onel of Rough Riders.
The fighting In the field was done. There
wns another fight with words as the missiles
of warfare. The old colonel of regulars told
the young lieutenant colonel of volunteers a
few things In good old veteran language. Tho
young lieutenant colonel of volunteers retort-
ed to the old colonel of regulars lti language In
keeping with that which Is now called the life
strenuous. The veteran knew the service and
he knew Ills orders, and the recruit was given
his transportation for his troops when It was
proper for him to have It, and not one minute
There are persons who say that tho warm-
est live minutes of the whole campaign In Cu-
ba were the five minutes In which Col. Charles
F, Humphrey talked to Theodore Roosevelt,
and Theodore Roosevelt
to Charles F. Humphrey.
Only recently the lieutenant colonel
of volunteers, who wanted transporta-
tion for his troops, and wanted It "bad
and quick," and who didn't get It un-
til the coolnel and quartermaster was
good and ready, was the commander-
in-chief of the United States army and
the man who refused to give the
Rough Riders precedence was his
subordinate. It should be said right
here, however, that when the opportu-
nity came Col. Humphrey was made a
brigadier general by order of Mr.
Roosevelt, who jumped the man who
once had come so c'.ose to swearing at
him that no one could tell the differ-
ence, over tile heads of seven other
officers, to give him the place.
As has been said, it was feared that
the president might retire Gen.
Humphrey, as he had a right to retire
him, because the general had seen HO
years of service, in order that another
officer might be promoted. The fear
passed. Probably there was never any
reason for its existence excepting the
thought held by some foolish ones
that the president had neither forgot-
ten nor forgiven what the old cam-
paigner once said to him.
From private to brigadier general is
the promotion history, through the va-
rious ranks, of course, of Charles F.
Humphrey. He showed not long ago
that the lessons of quick action taught
hi in on the battlefield have not been
lost to memory.
Gen. Humphrey did a bold thins
when the report of the Insurrection in
Cuba reached Washington. Secretary
Taft ordered the troops to make ready
to go to the island. The sanction of
President Roosevelt was needed to
make the order effective. The presi-
dent was at sea on Admiral Evans
battleship, watching the maneuvers
off Oyster Bay. Hours would elapse
before the president could be reached.
Meanwhile, Gen. Humphrey, as chief
quartermaster of the army, acting on
his own initiative, chartered the necessary transports for
the troops and held them until word could be re-
ceived from the president.
If the president had declined to sanction Secretary
Taft's order, ant! as a result, the transports had not been
needed, tho bill for their day's service would have been
rendered to the government, which, in the way of gov-
ernments, probably would have repudiated it, and It
would have taken some years of Gon. Humhrey's pay to
have satisfied the ship owners.
Many officers would have refused to telegraph orders
chartering the transports before it was known definitely
tbat they were to be used. Gen. Humphrey took the
chance. As a result the ships were ready when the
troops were ready, and there was not an hour's delay In
the program of intervention in Cuba. In his message
sago the president speaks of the preparations for send-
ing the army to Cuba as "faultless." The chief word of
praise belonged to the quartermaster general.
In tho Cuban campaign of 1898, Col. Humphrey—he
was then a colonel—had troubles of his own. The quar-
termaster's department should not be confused with the
commissary department, as it frequently is confused in
the mind of the civilian. Col. Humphrey did not have
embalmed beef troubles, but he did have other troubles.
He knew what was needed for the soldiers' use 111 a sub-
tropical climate In summer, and ho did more effective
long-range directing than any other man in the service.
The government wasn't prepared for the SpanlBh-Amer-
ican war, but Humphrey, by sheer force of hammering In
telegrams, succeeded in inducing the department authori-
ties at the capital to send him light-weight un-
dershirts for the troops, instead of bearskin
jackets and rabblt-skln caps, with a thousand
or two woolen blankets thrown In. A vast
quantity of material sent to Cuba before the
officers at the front could stop Its shipment,
was much better fitted for a polar expedition
than for a campaign under a tropical sun.
Humphrey went Into the civil war as a pri-
vate of artillery, when ho was a mere boy. He
has been in a hundred battles and has been
brevetted for conspicuous personal gallantry
on the field. Ho Is perhaps the bluffest sol-
dier in the army, and he Is also one of tho
CAUSES OF TRUANCY.
Mips Mary Boyle O'Reilly, secretary of the
children's Institutions department, Is giving a
course of lectures on kindred subjects, such as
truancy, the Juvenile courts, and so on, In Bos-
ton. She says that many homes are of Buch
character that weaklings are bred In them, and
that a large class of children think themselves
justified in playing truant In order to earn
money, being too young to Judge of the relative
value of money and education.
HUMAN NATURE THE SAME.
Iu 1827 the editor of a Brussels paper made
some Investigations and found that there were
8.021 wives In Belgium who had left their hus-
bands that year; 5,042 couples were living at
war under the same roof. In all Belgium Just
three really happy couples were found and
1.022 comparatively happy couples. Evidently
tho world does not chango very much and hu-
man nature Is the same the whole world over.
Canada's Day of Thanks a Month Ear-
lier Than in the United States.
For some reason better known to
the Canadians themselves than to tho
people on this side of the line, our
Canadian cousins celebrated their
Thanksgiving a month or more earlier
than we do. It may be that the Cana-
dian turkey had become impatient, and
sounded a note of warning, or it may
be that the "frost on the pumpkin" de-
clared itself. But whatever the reason,
their Thanksgiving day is past. It may
have been that the reasons for giving
thanks so much earlier than we do
were pushing themselves so hard and
so fast that the Canadians were
ashamed to postpone the event. They
have had reasons, and goor*. ones, too,
lor giving thanks. Their great broad
areas of prairie land have yielded in
abundance, and here, by the way. it is
not uninteresting to the friends of
the millions of Americans who have
made their home in Canada during the
past few years to know that they have
participated most generously in the
"cutting of the melon." Probably the
western portion of Canada, comprising
the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatche-
wan and Alberta, have tho greatest
reason of any of the provinces to e*
press in the most enthusiastic mannef
their gratitude. The results in the
line of production give ample reason
for devout thanksgiving to Providence.
This year has surpassed all others in
so far as the total increase in the coun-
try's wealth is concerned. There is no
question that Providence was espe-
cially generous. The weather condi-
tions were perfect, and during the
ripening and harvesting period, there
was nothing to interfere. And now it
was well it was so, for with a demand
for labor that could not be supplied,
there was the greatest danger, but
with suitable weather the garnering of
the grain has been successfully accom-
plished. There have been low gen-
eral averages, but these are account-
ed for by the fact that farmers were
indifferent, relying altogether upon
what a good soil would do. There
will be no more low averages though,
for this year has shown what good,
careful farming will do. It will pro-
duce ISO million bushels of wheat from
seven million acres, and it will pro-
duce a splendid lot of oats, yielding
anywhere from 50 to 100 bushels per
acre. This on land that has cost but
lrom $10 to $15 per acre—many farm-
ers have realized sufficient from this
ar's crop to pay the entire cost of
their farms. The Toronto Globe says:
"The whole population of the West
rejoices in the bounty of Providence,
and sends out a message of gratitude
and appreciation of the favors which
have been bestowed on the country,
'i he cheerfulness which has abounded
with Industry during the past six
months has not obliterated the concep-
tion of the source from which the
blessings have flown, and the good
feeling is combined with a spirit of
thankfulness for the privilege of living
in so fruitful a land. The misfortunes
of the past are practically forgotten,
because there is great cause to con-
template with satisfaction the com-
forts of the present. Thanksgiving
should be a season of unusual en-
THE "NEW"' NOVEL.
"Have you read my last book, Mr.
"Well, no—er—to tell the truth, my
mother won't allow me to."
RECIPE FOR CATARRH.
Furnished by High Medical Authority.
Gives Prompt Results.
The only logical treatment for ca-
tarrh is through the blood. A pre-
scription which has recently proved
wonderfully effective In hospital work
1s the following. It Is easily mixed.
"One ounce compound syrup of
Sarsaparilla; ono ounce Toris com-
pound; half pint first-class whiskey."
These to be mixed by shaking well In
a bottle, and used in tablespoon doses
before each meal and at bedtime.
Tho Incredients enn be gotten from
any well stocl.ed druggist, or he will
get them from Ills wholesale house.
On to the Pole!
When word of the discovery of the
north pole came to Chattanooga, a
slightly deaf old lady remarked unctu-
ously: "Well, now I always said them
Cook tourists got about 'most every-
where. I ain't a bit surprised to hear
that one of 'em's reached the top
notch in the traveling line."—Bippln-
Important to Mothers.
Examine carefully every bottle ot
CA8TOR1A, a safe and sure remedy for
infants and children, and see that It
In Use For Over .'iO Years.
The Kind You Have Always Bought.
Ups and Downs.
"Why are you so hard up?"
"Oh, I'm down and out!"—Cleveland
Chew WRIdLEY'S SPEARMINT—
promote saliva—release mint leaf Juice.
Fine for digestion!
The great and good do not die even
In this world, embalmed In books their
spirits walk abroad.—Smiles.
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