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CAPITAL CITY COURIER, SATURDAY JULY 16. 1892
WALTER WELLMAN MAKES A STUDY
OF FAMOUS FAMILY PATRONYMICS.
llumlrril .il-in Nnuifi Con
tilrimii In Anirrlrnn HUliiry Hmllli
ltili thu I. It. V'lillp Wllllnmi, .limn,
CUrh nml .loliiKon TnWr High Honor.
Wariiinoto.v, July 1 1. Did you over
ainke n Mudy of names? I never did
until totlny, when It occurred to nut to
inquire what names Imvo most fntuiit
ly appeared In tlio ltnt of Anietlcan
statesmen. I wns prompted to tills by
the fnct thnt now for tlio first tlino In
the history of tlio country twoiuun War
ing tlio snnio uniiiii sit In tlio cabinet
Jn junking this study of names mid
families, 1 collated from ofllclnl nources
a list of about 10,000 of tlio men who
Imvo held conspicuous plnco in tlio pub
lic service, since- tlio foundation of tlio
republic. Tlio classes of persons in
eluded nro ilcliK't(' to tlio Coloulnl and
Continental congresses, the-senators, rep
resentatives and territorial delcgntes of
tlio federal congress, cabinet ministers,
Justices of thoHunreuio and other federal
courts, high olltcials of tlio executive
departments, governors of states nud
territories, di)louiatlo ministers, and
such other men iih have held positions of
honor nud trust in tlio civil sorvico or
exerted iulluenro upon public- atTairri.
Tlio list of 10,000 names embraces prno
ticnlly nil of those men who hnvo helped
to inako the history of their country,
though lis n rule tlio names of thoso who
distinguished themselves in military or
naval service nro not included, save
whero thoy also won distinction in civil
I was surprised to discover that ulsiut
3,500, or ono-tiuarter of all these names,
were embraced In 100 family patronym
ics. Thefco 100 names become interest
ing to us, therefore, not only for the
great careers which thoy suggest ami
tlio vast iufluenco their owners have ex
erted upon tlio nllairs of tlio country,
bnt because they unerringly give usu
compendium of 100 typical American
Tho reader who cares to do so may
take these 100 pure and prominent
Aiuoricon family names nud still fur
ther nualyze them. For instance, ho
could noto their almost unvarying Anglo-Saxon
derivntiou nud how they have
come down to us through British, Scotch
and Irish influences, planted in the col
onics of Now England, Now York, Penn
sylvania, Virginia and tho Carolina,
and thonco rapidly diffused by migra
tion and sottloineiit throughout the
length and brclidth of tho country. 1
think, from n cursory examination of
tho subject, thnt deeper nud more com
prehensive Inquiry nud analysis would
enable ono to choose 100 families from
tho lists of Now England, Now York,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and
Carolina colonists, nud show thnt tho
diffusion of their blood had given to tho
country fully one-half of its statesman
ship and civil lenders.
Tho 100 names which nro entitled to
rank as of greatest importance numer
ically in tho history of tho republic,
with tho number of individuals of each
nauio who havo won distinction in civil
life, are given below. A pretty careful
approximation of tho nnmlier of indi
viduals is given in tho first thirty names,
aad the remaining seventy names follow
ia the order of their numerical importance:
Ailums , si
Johnsou , 68
The above thirty names comprise
laoie than 1,200 individuals who have
been presidents, cabinet officers, sen
ators, representatives, governors, nd
mirals, generals, or who havo otherwise
served their country with distinction.
Tho seventy names given below, ap
proximately in tho order of their numer
ical representation in tho higher walks
of civil life, comprise nearly 1,200 more
individuals of renown:
llaldw In. Henry.
Many of the family names which have
been represented in tho highest office of
the republic do not appear in the fore
going list. Tnking tho presidential
names in chronological order we find
among our Great Ten Thousand only six
Washingtons. Ono was the immortal
George; one his nephew, Bushrod, who
was a supremo court justice, and an
other his grandnephew, Georgo C, who
represented Maryland in congress. The
remaining three are Peter G., a nativo
of Virginia, who becatno sixth auditor
of the treasury; William H., a congress
man from North Carolina, and Joseph
E., who is now a member of congress
The Adamses havo been one of our
greatest families. Two presidents, who
held many other lilgu omces, Samuel,
Inter to Englnud, nud miiiiy congress
men, governors ami jutigci nro mining
Thomas JetTcrson n name stands nloue.
So far as 1 havo lieeii able to learn iioiio
other of his imnio has figured In tho
civil history of tho government.
llesldes James .Madison there was
only Georgo, who was governor of .Ken
tucky. lames Monroe's name is nccompuuied
only by tlio names of another .Tallies, a
congressman from Ohio, nud Thomas 13.
nud V., who wero federal judges in Ken
tucky. Andrew Jncksou's name leads a list
of thirty, among whom wero governors,
congressmen, judges and foreign min
isters. llesldes Martin Vnn Dttren tho records
show only John, n judge and congress
man from Ulster county, N. Y.
Among n dozen or more Harrisons wo
hnvo two presidents, tho sou of the first
and father of tho second, John Scott,
who sat in congress; Albert O., con
gressman from Kentucky; Carter 11.,
and Carter 11., congressmen from Vir
ginia and Illinois, respectively; Hor
ace II., congressman from Virginia;
Itichard, auditor of tho treasury for
llfty-flvo years; Hlchnrd A., congress,
man from Ohio; Robert II., secretary
to Washington and chief justice of
Maryland; S. S., congressman from
Pennsylvania, nud William, delegate
from Maryland to tho Continental con
gress. John Tyler's uamostaudfl almostalouo.
Another John Tyler was federal judge
in Virginia, nud Hoyall Tyler wan chief
justice of Massachusetts and a success
Besides James Knox Polk there wero
Charles, governor of Delaware; Trusten,
senator from the same state, and Wil
liam 11., tho president's brother, con
gressman from Tennessee.
Twoscoro Taylors havo won places in
our list. Zachary was president, nud
perhaps twenty-five of tho others have
boon members of congress.
Our records show but ono Fillmore.
Nearly a dozen Pierces, several of
them of the Immediate family of the
president, havo won distinction as con
gressmen, judges and governors.
James Buchaunu's father was u mem
Iwr of congress, nud u relative, JamiH
M., was minister to Denmark.
Tho name of Lincoln nppeurs only
half a dozen times in tho record. Enoch
wns governor of Maino; Levi, Sr., and
Levi, Jr., governors of Massachusetts;
W. S., congressman from Now York,
and Robert T Abraham's son, Deere
tary of war nud minister to Englnud.
Ulysses S. overshadows tho few Grants
whoso names appear in tho list. A. P.
was u congressman from Now York and
Fred Grant is minister to Austria.
Besides Rutherford B. three or four
Hayeses hnvo won plnco as congressmen
There has been but ono Garfield,
though Selucius Gnrfieldo wns a con
gressman from Washington.
William Arthur was congressman
Chauncey F. Clevolund represented
Connecticut in congress some years ago,
nud Orestes Cleveland wns a representa
tive from New Jersey.
Which is tho greatest name in Ameri
can history? This is a question which
comes naturally us wo look at tho past
through these novel glasses. Inasmuch
ns it is a matter of opinion and not of
fact, I shall not presume to decide. More
than n hundred Smiths havo won men
tion in the ten thousand list, but in the
opinion of some of my readers nil the
Smiths, none of whom over reached tho
highest offices, may bo outranked by the
name of Webster, which was borno by
but ono man of genuine fame, or by that
of Blaine, which stands alone.
Tho Washingtons, who woro not nu
merous enough to receivo mention in
our list ot n hutulreil great names,
unquestionably exerted more influence
upon tho affairs of tho nation than the
seventy-flvo Willlainses. Still, if on
wero to try to reach a conclusion on thit
subject, ho would havo to take uudei
consideration such names ns Adams,
Harrison, Bayard, Sherman, Davis,
Blair, Breckinridge Livingston, Jack
son, Clayton, Butler, Clay.
Speaking of there now being two Fos
ters in tho cabinet reminds mo of a
somewhat remarkable fnct. Though
nearly 250 men have occupied seats in
tho cabinet council in tho history of tho
government, in only seven instances has
a name been ropcated in the list. Tl.ei'o
wero two Smiths Robert, as secretary
of state under Madison, and Caleb R,
as secretary of the interior under Lin
coln. There wero two Porters Peter
B., as secretary of war under J. Q.
Adams, and James M., in tho sumo po
sitlon under Tyler. John Marshall wnt
secretary of stnto under John Adams
and James W. Marshall was post muster
general under Grunt.
John Sherman was secretary ot the
treasury under Hayes, nud Tecumseh
Sherman wns for n short timo secretary
of wnr under Grant. Jacob Thompson
was secretary of the interior under Bu
chanan, and R. W. Thompson and Smith
Thompson secretaries ot tho navy under
Hayes and Monroe, respectively. Rev
erdy Johnsou was attorney general un
der Taylor, and Cavo Johnson postmaster
general under Polk. Two men of tho
saino name never before snt in a cabinet
The states which havo been repre
sented the greatest number of times in
cabinet positions are New York, 20;
Massachusetts, 24; Pennsylvania, 22:
Virginia, 21; Ohio, 18; Maryland, 15;
Kentucky, 111; Connecticut, 10; Tennes
see nud Indiana, each 0. Illinois, though
now the third state in population, has
had but S cabinet places. Fourteen
states havo never had a cabinet minis
ter, among them being littlo Rhode
Island, big Texas and faraway Califor
nia. Walteii Wellman.
A l.rMini In lriKriiiliy.
"Johnny, I hope you are studying well at
school" mild Mr. Ilnrlvm Heights to his
"Oh, es, pa."
"I'd like to ask you a few question Just
to sin how you are coining on."
"Where are the llocky mountalnsf"
"In tlio western part of the United
"Where Is the Mine Rldgef"
"I don't know."
"Well, I'll tearh you," nnd seizing the
boy by thu neck the Irate parent smote his
ofTHprlng several times with a cane which
hit hud held concealed.
"Now can you tell mo where the Blue
"I know," said Johnny, sobbing and
rubbing himself; "whero the black and
hi mi ridge Is," whereupon the old man let
blmolT. Texas Sittings.
An CnmitliUctury I'urrhnse.
Lord A. Don't you
call mo "deai t"
His American Wife-Life.
tlUciivrrril mill I'unlsheil.
Tlio IiiiIkcIId who writes scathing letters
to '.lie newspapers overtho signature "Pro
Bono Publico," "Lex," "Justice," "A
Democrat" and divers other aliases of like
intellectual order made his appearance In
the funny editor's olllee the other even
ing. Tills Individual Is a funny man him
self by profession Intentionally some
times, r.ir.rc often unintentionally.
"I'm the man you've been looking for
for socle time," tlio Imbecile announced
"Did you bring it buck with your" asked
the funny editor.
"Hold," said tho Imbecile. "So that's
your lay, ehf I ran do a little of that my
self. But first let me explain: I'm the
man you've la-en looking for, as I say. I
don't owe you a cent: I'm not come with
the gas hill, nor do I want to lend any
money Just until Mopduy. Neither am i
Billy Patterson's assailant. Pin merely u
man who can supply jokes that need no
diagram or bill of particulars. You'vi
been looking for mo. If you haven't, you
ought 've hi-i-ii. Listen to me now:
"What's tho difference lietween ono yar
nnd two yards (live it up A fence. Seel
Putty good, ain't It But that's iintlilut-:
here's another: How many letters are ther
In a iKistmau's hag (live that up too"
Well, there are three b-a-g see? ()l .
say, that's nothing. Listen to this om
Why's Superintendent, Byrnes tho rlgl.'
man to wield a stick 'Cause he's a II.
hyrtilau. See that Hal ha! Say, they
as easy as rolling off a log. Make 'en
without any effort whatever. And can g"
on all day making 'em. It's a knack 1
have. Antithermic Well, Just one moii
Why's the funny editor of a newspapc
like a say, hold on! oiichl ow-w-wl Say,
think you ought to let upl" Newark Recorder.
Yes; at any price.-
Finest in the City
HAVING just assumed personal control of my handsome new stables, It will he
my nlm to conduct a first-class establishment, gMng belt of care nnd attention to
horses entrusted to our keeping.
Single or double, and n fine line of ucll-tralncd horses for liver) use, promptly tut
nlshed, day or night.
DAVE FITZGERALD, Prop.
M. R. STANLEY, Foreman.
Klin II111I l'iiri(iitteii.
After she had made her purchases and
had Informed the clerk as to the address to
which they should he sent, she picked up
her purse with her left hand and placed!
her parasol across her left arm, gazing the
whlluover the counter and lloor as if In
senrch of something else, 1
"Kxcusu me, miss," ventured thu clerk.
"hut have you mislaid anything'"
"I am sure I don't know," she replied, 1
"hut when I entered the sterol am po-l
tivu I carried something In my right hand." j
"Did you not havu your parasol or purse
In jour right hand"
"No; for I recollect very distinctly that.
I carried my purse In my left hand and the
parasol on my left arm, as you see them j
"It Is very strange," remarked the clerk,
with a troubled expression on his face a' ,
he searched under the different pieces ol
fabric strewn over the counter.
"I cannot imaginu what it was," she re , knew to whom she had lent It
tttfil!; nil lilllklliirll iim kin. tiltlf...! ft uttliltl
-- o- - ,........ .. j
gloved hand to her chin and gazed lute
space. "lam positive It was something,
nnd I feel lost without It."
"I am unable to llnd anything here,''
came the miillled voice of thu clerk from 1
under the counter, whither he had dropped
a few seconds before with the faint hoot ,
of being able to llnd the missing hu knew
"Oh, 1 know now what It was," she glee
J 1 ir en Vlrturlit mill tlm Umlirrllii.
I was reading a story the other day that,
made ipiito an luiprcxslon on my mind. !'
Is well known that the queen of Kiiglami
loves to go about. In simple giilsu amoiik'
thu cottages of thu poor. Ono day tho
queen was caught in a shower anil sho
entered tho dwelling of an old woman; the
old dame's sight must have been dim, for
she did not recogulnt her sovereign. "Will
you lend me an umbrella!1" said the royal
lady, who did not happen to have ono with
her. The old woman granted the reques.
grudgingly. "I hau two umbrellas." said
the duiiiu; "ane Is a good one, t'other verra
old. Ye may take this; I guess I will
never nee It. again." And she proffered a
ragged concern whoso whalobonu ribs
might ho seen here and there through the
coarse torn cover.
Engl. mil's queen quietly took tho um
brella, which was better than nothing, and
went forth Into the rain, not by one word
betraying her rank. The next day one of
her majesty's servants brought back tint
wretched umbrella, and then thu cottager
had I but kenned who it was that asked
for the loan, she wad hue been welcome to
my best to a' that I hue i' the worldl"
exclaimed the mortified ohl woman,
shocked and Ki'leved at having missed such
an opportunity of winning a smllu from
the queen. Mrs. Bottouiu hi Ladies' Homo
Acriis tint I.hit.
Across the lino of telephone cnmmunlca-
.,ll.. ..l ....1 m .. ..-...,. 11. . mI. ... ...... 11 " muni iis ihissi-ii uteri nay mr many
.,.. 1.- t ...... xu ....... ti.iu 11 1 weeks a simple call and answer which cut
...v. ..v. ...v., v ....- ", ,...,, .1 ... 1.....I ....,.
As the clerk's head bobbed tin from lie-
hind the counter liku a Jack-ln-thc-lmx 1
she, with a graceful sweep of her shapely
fight arm, clutched a handful of her skli t
in tho back, and smilingly took her do
purture. Harvey Brown, Jr., in Life.
Hu Wasn't lleur.
"H-a-r-r-yl Oh, H-a-r-r-yl" called a little
woman at the corner of Woodward avenue
nnd a cross street just as peoplu weru go
ing homu to supper. Shu had no bonnut nil
nnd her voice wns keyed up to conceit
"Ho doesn't seem to hear you," said a
ferret nosed man who wusilcrivingMippoit
from a hitching post.
"You needn't worry," snapped the little
woman. Sho looked across the street where
two small boys In knickerbockers weroslt
ting oh a carriage sten in front of a gro
"You, H-a-r-r-yl" she cried, making a
trumpet of her hand.
Master Harry never moved.
"Kind of hard of hearing, ain't lief"
asked tlio man nt the hitching post, solicit
ously. She gave him a withering look.
"When I want him he'll come," sho said.
"H-a-r-r-y, come to supperl"
Thu haste with which Harry turned "
double back action somersault in his haste
to obey his mother caused thu man nt the
post to say laconically:
"Vlttles fetches 'em every time." De
troit Free Press.
into thu mass of business or social repartee
with a solemn persistence. Dividing 11:1
inquiry as to tint success of a dance thu
night previous, the exchange notes of the
board of tradu men, the Inquiries as to
when a certain dress would "Iks finished,
the impatient call for No. 1,000, or "Jim, is
time your" came the.su brief sentences:
"How Is Mrs. M-j today"
"A little better; took so'nu nourish
ment," or, "Much worse; has not recofe
nl.ed any one."
At midnight last night tho telephone
hell rang sharply, and thu familiar ques
tion, ho often repeated, was again asked:
"How is Mrs. M at this hour"
The answer cainu back with Mispressed
tones that seemed to vibrate with anguish:
"Shu has Just passed away."
And as the answer reaches the ear of thu
anxious watcher the clock strikes 1'.', and
fervently thu soru heart responds, "All Is
well!" Detroit Free Press.
A Dts.l failure.
He is a very ahseutminded man and was
thinking earnestly when a light shower
"Jack," Bald the young woman with
him, "why don't you put up your um
brella" "I have tried to," he answered, "hut 1
couldn't get a cent on It." Washington
"In this picture of 'Innocence,'" said
the nrtlst, who was showing his fair vis
itor ulxmt thu studio, "I havu tried to con
vey thu idea that simplicity la not Incoin
patlulu with dignity." I
"How well you have succeeded!" ex
claimed thu young lady. "I never sa
nnvthlng so so artless!" Chicago Trlb
Something llo Cnulil Nut Forgive.
"No," said a citizen when asked If he
would contribute anything to the relief ot
the flood sufferers, "I don't think I will."
"Can't afford It, ehf"
"It isn't that, hut the last time I gave
something or charity one of thu papers
spelled my name wrong." Pittsburg
A Long- Time.
Caller nt tho Po.stofflco What makes
our letters so late this morning, Mrs. Good
Rural Postmistress Well, you see, sir
It's them plagm-y postcards. They takes n
long time to rend for a poor woman what
ain't much of aschohinl. London Tit-lilt.
Why Wo llsvu Muuy llrmitls.
Many reasons have been adduced for giv
ing to thu samu brand of cigar four or live
different names, and somu of thu reasons
sound very childish. But thero is ono
good reason, and it is this: In nearly every
small or medium sized town a dealer de
mands thu exclusive handling of a brand
of cigars, or hu will not sell them nt all,
and when a brand has only ouu name Its
salu would hu practically limited to one
house in each town. By putting up thu
cigars in boxes ot different shapes and im
plying four or live names to them It Is
easy to give as many dealers the exclusive
right they desire as thero are names ton
brand. No attempt whatever Is madu to
change the appearance of the cigar, and
old tlmu smokers promptly discover the
little deception, but tu a general way ii
serves a good purpose and docs no one any
harm. St. Louis Globe Democrat.
Kucalyptus oil has comu into such de
mand that over 'JO.OOO pounds have been
sent to Kiiglaud from California In one
year, the trees having been planted in im
mensu quantities in that state. General
Strattou planted llfty-flvu acres near Hay
wards in 18o9, chlelly for timber purposes.
In 1833 it was discovered that a decoction
of the leaves would remove the liiurusted
scales from boilers. While the tugitieeis
were preparing thu liquid they Imagined
thu odor cured one of bronchitis and the
other of aMhmu, and they started a fac
tory to extract the oil at Sail l.oreu.o,
which Is said to havu been thu beglnniu-,;
of this Industry. Now York Independent.
Stablos 1639 and 1641 O Street.
RIDE or WALK?
''WHICH MORE DESIRABLE?"
"WHICH MORE PLEASANT?"
"WHICH MORE HEALTHFUL?"
WHICH SUITS YOU BETTER?"
G & J PNEUMATIC RAMBLERS
They Can be Repaired in Two Minutes
Some Kinds of Pneumatics
MUCH OF THE TIME.
Study the PNEUMATIC RAMBLER.
E. R. CUTHRie,
1540 O Street.
Dealer In all kinds of
COAL AND WOOD.
Office 1045 O Street.
Yards 6th and M SU.
i TT --i
Formerly of HUFFMAN & RIGHTER.
1039 0 STREFT
Fret Work, Screens and Panels
liurlit-rliiK Vat-il tu llo hii Art.
Time whs when lmrlierlnt,' wi n way ill
art. In ancient times lmrliera were Mir
(teuiiR, tlie only persons who could ecleii
tifieally "let blood." In London there l
still 11 burlier Burgeon clati. They po-.se.
a cap given the guild by Charles I
Around the barber's pole still twines the
Miakc, the subtlest la-ast of the Held, a
survival of the brazen serpent lifted 1111 In
the wilderness, the symbol of the healliin'
art. National Dnrlier.
A Tm Miutmlon,
Tho skeleton of a mastodon hits lieen
found by 11 f armor living nenr Sherman,
Tex. From one of tho jnws a tooth was
taken that weighs threo nnd u half
rounds. A tusk, still well preserved, is
the revolutionist; Charles Francis, miii' nearly six feet long.
Seedy Party (contemplating himself In a
pocket mirror) Here I am wearing the
boots of n bank manager, the trousers of 11
landed proprietor, a baron's coat and vest
and even 11 couut's hat, and in spite of all
that I look like a tramp. Fllegende Mut
ter. A Doubtful.
Little Victor Mamma, my hands are
dirty; shall ,1 wash them or put on gloves?
'utlii A't n h I'nUoiii
Fatigue caused by brain work, says Pro
lessor Mosso, of Turin, acts as n poi'o .
which directs all the organs, especially the
muscular system. Thu blood of dogs fa
tlgued by long racing, when injected Inti
other dogs, makes them exhibit all tin
symptoms of fatigue. N'ew York Times.
Tu Take Without A.klnic.
Jack (bashfully) If I asked you for it
kiss would you be iiugrv?
Amy (naively) Yes, If you nskid me lor
It. Katu Field's Washington.
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