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CAPITAL CITY COURIER, SATURDAY JUNE 27, t8;t TIIE NEWS FOR THE HUB, WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENTS FOR THE PAPER8 OF BOSTON. Walter Whitman Knowi Them Well ami Here Telle All About Them They Are Bright Men, Capable JonrnalUtt and flood Fellows All Rnunil. Special Correspondence.) WASicmoTON, Juno 18. There are fewer changes from yenr to year among Washington correspondents representing tho Doston papers than there nre perhaps among thoso of nny otlier city. In tho New York and western ofllcos tho policy seeius to bo for "a shake up" every littlo while, and after it man has done Wash- bo a serious disappointment to a great many of Tho Journal's readers. "Wobb" is R D. Wight, who has for years kept Joumul readers au cour ant with national capital affairs and served them with puroand unadulterated Republican politics. Ho is ono of tho most painstaking and acenrato corre spondents hero, and whatever ho sends over his signature can bo rolled upon as being correct Mr. Wight was bom in Massachusetts in 1813. Ho moved to Illinois in 1850. tho leading Cauadlau journals and Is a regular contributor to tho columns of Tho St, James' Giuotto, of London. CharWs A. Conant Is tho correspondent of tho Doston Post Ho Is it direct do sccudant of Roger Conant, a momlor of tho Plymouth colony and ono of tho first settlers of Salem, Mass. Mr. Conant en- ' tored journalism as a reporter for tho Boston Dally Advertiser In 1880. Ho I was the legislative and otitical reporter for that paper from 1883 to 1880, and 1 during that timo his work was marked Asa youth his health was tr, and In- by a thorough nnd comprehensive knowl- stead of taking part in tho games of oth- edgo of polities and a keen insight Into er boyB his sparo tlmo was devoted to j what was going on below tho surface study. Ho comtnonccd tho battle of tho His work was always reliable, ard ho world nloiiu at fifteen, and Is still in tho was tho possessor of such a bright and thickest of tho fight Determined to no- vigorous stylo that his roportB wero unb quire tho iK-st education possible, Ho took vcrsally read. He camo to Washington as corresond cut of Tho Post in 1880. soon after The Advertiser became a Republican organ. He has always been au Independent Democrat in jwlitlcs and a strong udvo ' cato of civil service reform, and writing for a Republican paper was not con genial to him. Ho has leoii Tho Post's correspondent hero for tho last five years, with tho intermission of one year when ho was private secretary to Gen eral Corso, postmaster at Uoston, but ho resigned because official life was too dull in comparison with newspaper work. Two years ago, In addition to his Bos ton work, ho became correspondent of tho New York Commercial Bulletin, which pays special attention to business and financial subjects. As a writer on a university course aud graduated young, Afterward he spent several years in Europe, taking a course at the University of Berlin and also studied in Paris. Re turning from Buropo ho studied law nnd spent three years intheofiiceof Mel ville W Fuller in Chicago, now chief I justice of the supreme court of the I United States. During that timo ho prac ticed law until tho great fire, which do- ' stroyed his library and spread such uni versal devastation. I During all this timo, however, ho had lieon constantly engaged in literary work. While In Europe lie had corresponded I with Charles A. Dana's Chicago Repub lican, now Tho Inter-Ocean, aud when ho roturned to Chicago, and while praetlc Ing law, ho wroto editorials for the Chi cago Tribune and mado translations from ' financial affairs Mr. Conant Is regarded WILLIAM n. SHAW. ington for n congress or two he Is ordered back to tho homo olllco. Out tho Boston papers rarely mako changes, and as a re sult tho correspondents mako a circlo of acquaintances which is very valuable to them. Tho oldest man in (mint of service on tho "Row ia William B. Shaw, tho rep resentative of tho Boston Transcript Ho camo to Washington In 1850, having completed his trade aa a printer at Towanda, Pa. In this city ho obtained a situation in the government printing office, and whilo working at tho case sent letters to papers in his native state. At tho commencement of Pierco's ad ministration ho was engaged by James Gordon Bennett as Washington corro ipondentof tho Now York Herald, which position ho hold for ten years. During that tlmo, in 1852, ho sent to Tho Horald tho first telegraphic nows dispatch sent from the national capital. Prior to and up to that year leading journals in Now York and other cities relied solely upon tho malls for their "dis patches." Telegraphic messages at this early period were very expensive, cost ing ten cents a word. Tho smallest pa per today has a far greater service than The Herald did forty years ago. After leaving Tho Herald Mr. Shaw transferred his services to Tho Transcript, and ho has been continuously employed by that pa per for the last thirty years. Tho Boston Herald has always given a good deal of space to Washington news, and its Washington bureau has been a prominent feature of the paper. During the last session of congress it kept sev eral men employed here. Henry B. P. Macfarland, ono of tho principal corre spondents, comes from a newspaper family. His father accompanied Colonel John W. Forney, of Philadelphia, to Washington when tho latter, during tho wnr, established, at tho request of Presi dent Lincoln, Tho Morning Chronicle to counteract tho influence of The National Intelligencer. Macfarland wusorigiually intended for the bar. Ho was educated at Rittonhouse academy, and was preparing for Prince ton when his father died in 1870. In tho fall of that year ho went into tho law offico of William B. Webb, afterward president of tho board of commissioners of tho District of Columbia, and read law until 1870, when ho entered Tho Herald bureau. In 1891 ho became cor respondent of tho Philadelphia Record, and has ever sinco continued to represent that paper hero. Ho also represented for somo years tho Cincinnati Commercial. Ho has been offered, but declined, the correspondence of other papers, including tho London correspondence of ono of the leading Now York papers. He is finan cially Interested in weekly periodicals in Washington controlled by tho Army and Navy Register Publishing company. Mr. Macfarland married in October, 1888, tho daughter of Hon. John W. Douglass, president of tho board of commissioners of tho District of 'Columbia. Mr. Macfarlund is very popular with his associates. Ho is it member and dea con of tho Church of tho Covenant aud superintendent of its covenant mission. Ho is a member of a number of organi zations and served at ono time as presi dent of tho celebrated Gridiron club. Ho has a remark ablo and intimate acquaintance with public men, a great many of his father's German and French, somo of which i wero published In iwok form. After the ' firo he camo to Washington, nnd has I sinco remained In this city. Ho has rep . resented here tho Chicago Tribune, Chi cago Inter-Ocean aud Boston Journal CONANT. friends being only too glad to help him along when ho lw camo an active n o w spnpor worker. As a writer Mr. MACKAHLAND. as an authority, aud his dispatches have been marked by that same accuracy and intimato knowledge of his subject which distinguished his early work in tho po litical field. Mr. Conant is a proficient French scholar and a great reader of Mr. Wight has two fads. Ono Is tho ' aolld literature. Ho takes an active In- collection of scraps. Ho Is an omnlvor ous reader of newspapers, and everything of posslblo interest which ho runs across is cut out and placed in his collection. Ho now has what is undoubtedly the most valuable private Bcrap collection in tho United States, and whenever a pub lio man dies or something happens to him and the other correspondents want somo facta about his career they go to Mr. Wight, and he Is ablo to produco from his collection just tho information they are in search of. Mr. Wight's other fad is amateur photography. Ho delights in traveling round in out of tho way places and getting a shot with his camera at somo person or thing a littlo bit out of tho ordinary. Ho is very exiwrt with tho camera, and has turned out somo beautiful work. Tho head of the Washington bureau of the Boston Globe is A. Maurice Low, an Englishman by birth but an American by adoption. It is appropriate that he should represent a Massachusetts paper as his wife, a nieco of Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth, is a direct descendant of Jonathau Belcher, one of tho colonial Macfarland is possessed of a clear, in cisive stylo and ho boa a keen sense of humor. His weekly letters to the Phila delphia Record nre quoted all over the country. If the reader of the Boston Morning Journal should pick up his paper somo morning at tho breakfast table and not find tho signature "Wobb" to a Wash ington dispatch ho would know that something hifd happened, and it is safe to eay that this omission wonld tcrest in politics and for several years was chairman of Ins town committee. In 1880 ho was tho Democratic candidate for tho legislature. Walter Wkllman. STORIES OF DR. COLLYER. Hli Heiieviilmice III "l.uclcy Wnlk." IIU Conirurtuliln Sunlit Ultimo. Special Correspondence! New Yohk, Juno 17. A benevolent but worldly lady recently called upon Dr. Robert Collyer In lelialf of an ob ject of charity ujwn whom sho had ex pended all posslblo ersoiutl resources. The caso was a pathetic one, the good lady's heart was full of It, and sho plead ed her cause in an unusually earnest nnd soulful manner. In tho course of it sho did not hesitate to tell the reverend gentleman that sho had not been in church for many years, that sho hated creeds, was bored by serv ice and despised mummery, but that she could not see a human being suffer, and that sho prayed constantly without go ing on her knees. governors of the old Bay State. Mr. , 1IOgT . V ,7ii r1 , , y , l ' Low's first newspaper work In this coun- " " fivo dollar bill from his pocket try was done on tho old Waslilngton National Republican at the timo when it passed Into tue hands of Second Assistant Post master Genera Brady. The as sassi n ation of President Gar field followed v IX)W. very shortly af terward, and he reported the Guiteau trial for Tho Republican, besides "doing" wight. tho execution of the murderer. Ho left The Republican to accept a place on Music and Drama, in Now York, and was later editor of one of the news services of the American Press Associa tion. From Now York he went to De troit, where ho helped ,to start The Times, tho best daily paper Detroit over had, and afterward went to The News. Returning tu Washington ho entered Tho Glolie bureau, and ultimately was placed in charge. Last year Mr. Low sprang a sensation on the public which attracted tho atten tion ot public men on three continent. said: "I got twenty-five dollars this morn ing for a funeral service. I do not like funeral money. Ten dollars of it I have given to a ioor boy who is working his way through school, fivo dollars went to a poor woman to pay her rent, fivo dol lars 1 invested in a fraud. 1 had a sneaking idea," ho continued, with a dry littlo chuckle and a humorous lighting up of his beautiful face, "that tho Lord was going to let mo have this five dol lars, but it seems ho is not. Take it, and I will speak to tho ladies of the church and have them send more. "Madam," he added, as the lady took her leave. "About that littlo matter of attending church, I guess you need not worry if this is tho way you do If you have any trouble at the gate with St. Peter, just let mo know, and I will give you palters of passport!" Dr. Collyer is a man who protests against giving with the right hand and with the left drops his last quarter into tho lteggar's hand. He insists that in discriminate charity is productive of poverty; that our people all glvo too much; that the south of England, where the church bears its poor from cntdlo to grave, is pauperized lieyoud redemption, Nevertheless ho is unceasing in general ship of the charity resources of his church, and would bo tho first to tuke tho coat oft his hock to cover a man who shivered. On festive occasions, such as Thanks giving and Christinas, it is his habit the The Bohring sea negotiations had as- , first thing In tho morning to take wlmt Binned au acute phase, and Lord Sails- ho calls his "lucky walk." He puts what bury, through the Britisli minister here, ' ever money he happens to have in his bad informed Mr. Blaine that in caso ocket and goes out on the street. To any more British vessels were seized it tho very first person that appeals to him, would bo the iwinful duty of tho admiral i without question, doubt or hesitation, in command or ner majesty s forces on tho Pacific station to recapture tho ships, even resorting to force if necessary. Lord Salisbury's language was vigorous aud loft no doubt us to its meaning. Tho fact of the ultimatum having been delivered was kept a profound state so cret for some days, but Mr. Low got hold of the Information, and promptly sent tt to The Globe and other papers which he represented. Tho news created a good deal of excitement, and the dis patch having ben telegraphed back to Washington, tho correspondents of other papers were instructed by their homo ofllees to ascertain If the story was true. Mr. Blaine was in Bar Hitrltor at tho time, but tho British minister was hero nnd lie promptly stamped the dispatch its a canard. Mr. Blaine, when inter viewed, was diplomatically silent. The mutter was brought up In the Britisli and Canadian houses of commons and tho ministers were questioned, but they refused to give any informa tion. Meanwhile Mr. Low In later dis patches vouched for the absolute nc curacy of his information nnd the president was asked to transmit tho cor respondence to congress. After somo delay it was sent in, "and among the papers was the ultimatum which is now a matter of history. It was not tho first time, and probably will not lw the last, that public men had obtained tho tlrit information regarding official acts of the greatest importance- from tho news papers. Mr. Low dovotes a great deal of time to tho study of foreign ques tions. Ho has been the correspondent of he gives every cent with a benediction, "It is but selfishness," ho says. "1 do it that I may eat my turkey in peace I" Ho looks ns if ho might have been cast in a mold that was meant for a statuo of Benevolence massive, whole some, kindly, large in every sense of the word, with a light in his beautiful eyes like a reflection of divine truth. Ho re gards life as a study aud death but a chango. "I would go over it all again," ho sjtys; "every bit of it." Mrs. Collyer died liwt Octolier. He refers to her with tears in his eyes. Ho has a comfortable sunlit home here on upper Broadway, which is presided over by a sister who looks liko a Scotch queen tall, large, straight as a young tree, of extremely noble and dignified beuring, with snow-white hair arranged in large puffs, and a face bearing an ex pression of having curried some noble thought in its muscles every moment of her whole life. 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