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A TALE OF OUr?COV!rJG LANDLORDS.
UV SAKAII M.M'.IK HUM. HAM.
Cojiijriyhl. d, lS'K
lust at sunset on the third night out, a
cloud gathered in t he west, ami we saw
old Neptune la-lil into fury by a most
terrific thunder storm. The great ship was
dashed from side to side like a toy. Then
1 found that sea sickness is one of the usu
al tenuities for crossing I lie ocean. Brack
ing myself with my umltrella, I was ready
to surrender all, even to my boots. All
night 1 heard something on my cabin floor
rolling to and fro as the great ship rolled
from side to side on the mountainous
waves, but I was too sick to care to ex
amine what it was. When morning came
and the storm without and the tempest
within had subsided, I saw my beautiful
new silk hat (and what Englishman is
ever without one?) with the rim worn off
and minus a crown. It had fallen to the
llitor and was ruined. A storm at sea
makes one feel very helpless. A terrible
storm on land is a trial to people's nerves,
but there you are only threatened with
danger from altove. At sea you are like an
atom tossed about, as helpless as a leaf in
the wind. I thought of the philosophy
of 'Sambo when he said, "Kf de cahs run
off de track, dah ye is; ef tie boat goes to
pieces, whah is ye?"
It was a grand sight that met our view
as the sun rose over the black cloud that
had just passed over us. The waters were
rolling mountains high and every wave
mernwi determined to engulf the ship.
That was the only storm we had during
our voyage. After it was over I was glad
of having had the experience of seeing the
mighty ocean when maddened into fury.
One evening a call was made for the
young violinist. While she is not gushing
ly lwautiful, she lias a bright look that is
very attractive. Site has a clear complex
ion 1 inged with the rosy glow of health,
dark eyes, an expressive mouth, and slight
ly I toman nose. As she took her position
she was greeted with hearty cheers. Mak
ing a slight bow of thanks, site held her
violin in her white, tapering lingers and
with their skillful touch and the graceful
movements or the how she sent forth the
most delicate melodies selected from her
favorite operas, ami some choice gems
from the old masters she rendered with an
ease and skill that Oie Hull himself might
have tried in vain to surp.is.s. I thought of
Siclla, how siie woulu have enjoyed the
treat. But where was my lost friend?
Was 1 leaving her behind, or would I find
her in the new world scattering sunshine
There is no place where one is so tempt
ed to peep into his neighbor's life as on
ship board. One day as 1 was standing on
deck thiuking of my lost friend, the duke
came to me, and, placing lus hand upon
my shoulder, said:
"A penny lor your thoughts! You look
For a moment f w:-i sin-iled. I had
been thinking so intently tl: at I had for
gotten everything. At first I made no re
ply; tlieli i said:
"May I ask. you a question?"
"Yes. a dozen if yn like," he said,
"Have you never seen any one that you
loved well enough to mu'ce her your wife,
ti:.-! yoa a-e still u, bacli.-h.v?"
To my surprise lie looked annoyed, but
in a m-mient said:
"Yes. a young girl won all the love of
my heart once. But she was not free to
choose. When but a child her father
promised her hand in marriage to a friend
of his. She never knew how dear she was
to me. She married the man of her fath
er's choice. Now she is a widow, beauti
ful, they say, and immensely rich. I have
never seen her since her marriage. Her
home is in London, and I often hear
of her, but I never care to meet her
now. The pure, sweet girl that I have
loved for years must now be changed into
a woman of fashion, without love or sym
pathy." I was astonished, I had thought of the
Duke of Meivorne as a shrewd business
man, ready for any undertaking to make
money, liut nere was a new siae to nis
character; a fond memory of ether days
held a warm place in his heart.
"Now," he said, after a few moment's
silence, "for an answer to my question.
Of what were you dreaming when I dis
turbed your reverie?"
"I was dreaming of one I long to see. I,
too, have loved and lost, but not in the
way you did. My love was among the
humble class, not rich or proud, but a
good, pure woman, who gave me the first
impulse toward a useful life that ever
stirred in my breast. I was a careless,
thoughtless fellow, when she came to Wa-
verland. Then her active, happy life made
me ashamed of the idle one I led. From
her influence I have tried to do some good.
My father was an absentee landlord, and
his estate had been neglected until the old
house itself was going to decay. She came
as governess to my little sister, and soon
she was governess, housekeeper and al
most estate keeper. By an unfortunate
word from my mother she was made to
feel her dependence, and she left Waver
land one day when I was away from home.
She did not know how dear she was to me.
Though I have sought her far and near, I
can find no clew to her whereabouts. That
is my story. It was of her that I was
thinking when you came to me."
"I have often thought what little things
can change our lives," said the duke.
"Yet they are not the little things; they
are the real, sensitive, living, though un
seen, parts of onr existence."
After that exchange of confidence the
duke and I w?re greater friends than ever.
We had v.i n ly
reached the ne.v
niiti oirt ." :
T ;e ";!' '
b -ir .;. -.. ' 'i
d fixil .. :
pleasant visits er? we
world, whose first centen-
sriil ftvs'.i evorvb iy3
"Itcondcr if they are Americans?
I followed fn'e 'duKe''we M&rtfATeli 9o':
elves fropi 'the fhr.mg ht the' wharf, and
were soon comfortable in our rooms at the
hotel. After a 'good' 'night's rest we went
out to ce t In4 wonders of the city. ' A ride'
on the elevated railway gave me a pecu
liar sensation. It' seemed as if we were ,
flying through space, oil ly .we could look Lni,, there just ready to go! S.mntii
into peotihW-'fVwisMOf yte't lost?"- " 1
visited tlie art galleries arid were sur-1 ..nb, aiiiit; ifs ml; an lio'iir: f" the next
prised thJt AiA&h-Mi aTUXtfl ob -hol.llao V.'.J; a v..,lUt if we d.i miss this ode."' saM
high a jKisition 1n the world of art
One day we were standing near the court
house steps, when a
line looking gentle -
man, little past t he middle of lifu, passed
up into the building.
"That," said the duke, "Is Mr. Arthur,
the ex-president of the United States."
"A fine looking man," I said.
"But what a queer way they have here
of disposing of those why have held the
highest olliee in the nation. They do not
have even a badge of honor presented to
"When ex-presid.-nt flrant was in En
gland I attended a reception K'ven him on
one occasion. The diplomatic corps were
invited to meet him. A qmstiou was
raised as to who should occupy the seat of
honor at table. The embassadors "ho re
presented their sovereigns would not ac
cord the seat to Mr. Grant (a private citi
zen.) 1 tut at last an arrangement iva?
made by which no one held the seat ol
honor. It was a most awkward position
for the general."
"It seems to me that the ex-presidents
should have some well defined ollicial
rank. As wealthy as this jieojile are and
as proud as they are of their great nation,
it is strange that they will permit those
who have b"en exalted to the highest place
in the gift of the people to settle back into
the rank of private citizens again," I said.
"That is their idea of democracy. It de
stroys distinctions in all, rather than fos
ter t hem."
"lint a man's knowledge after a term of
service would be of value to this country."
"So it would, but they choose to deprive
themselves of that anil send him back
among the people, merely as an object ot
curiosity. I'm they are beginning to te.lk
about it, ami some honorable jtosiiion with
proper pay will be provided f;r ex-presidents
and perhaps for ex-senators also, one
of these days."
At the close of one of onr busy days ol
sight seeing, as we sat iu our room enjoy
ing a rest, I said:
"I do not wor.der now, where Parnell
got his independence of character when I
remember that his mother was an Ameri
"Why so?" asked the duke, looking puz
"These people have such a live, energet
ic way. I see now where the nerve and
pluck came from that dared to make Bos
ton Harbor into a huge teakettle, and to
put a whole ship load of tea into it for one
"That's a new idea," laughed the duke
"But the Yankees are a shrewd, brave
people, that will dare anything for prin-
"The very air has caught the spirit of
the inhabitants. There is no drowsy fog
to keep one in bed till ten o'clock in the
morning here. I would caution the na
tions of the old world to look alive before
they pick a quarrel with this strawge peo
ple," I said
"But with all this energy, pluck and
thrift, they are allowing one of the most
vital principles of their institutions to pass
out of their possessions. Their lands are
being sold, stolen or given away at an
enormously rapid rate. In a very few years
not a foot of land worth the having will
belong to the government, or be in reach
of the common people."
"I am surprised at that, for with the ex
ample of ancient Rome, and the later one
of Ireland, with its terrible want and suf
fering which has risen from the unjust
land monopoly, I should think that they
would take warning and keep the lands
for the many and not grant them to the
"The people have not awakened to the
tnith of the situation as yet. "When they
do it will be too late unless they can re
deem what is now held by fraud, and there
will be a terrible struggle if they ever try
that. The men who hold the lauds will
never yield one acre unless compelled to
"You micht have to give up some of
your possessions if it came to that," I said.
"Yes. So I am going to begin now and
prepare for it by buying only farms with
bona fide titles. I can hold the other lands
till they pay me well for my investments
and then sell."
"Where are you thinking of buying?
"In Illinois, I think. From Lord San
ders' account, that is a good state for land
"In what way is Illinois better than the
other states?" I asked.
"Lord Sanders savs the legislature has
passed every law that the landlords have
asked for to protect the land owners,
There you can make any bargain you like
with your tenants, and if they fail to live
up to the agreement you can turn them off
just as readily and roughly as in Ireland."
"Why, can that be true?" I asked, as
thought of the bright picture I had painted
of America as a nation of homes with no
landlords to grind the poor tenants down
to degradation and poverty, but a free and
happy people with their little vine-covered
cottages and broad fertile acres in fee
CHAPTER XII. SIGHT SEEING
Chicago! What wonder of the age, whose
first Sunday-school teacher is still Living!
What shall I say for it! Twice it has been
laid waste by fire. But with the nerve and
push peculiar to this people of the Wett,
they have rebuilt with greater beauty than
We took a morning drive through the
parks that surround the city like selected
remnants from the garden of Eden. Here
those who long for the beauty of nature,
the fragrance of flowers and the songs of
birds, can enjoy them while resting from
the noise and confusion of the busy city.
This drive is an extended boulevard that
surrounds the city with a belt of beauty.
The parks were brilliantly beautiful with
the rich green of the grass mingled with
the gay colors of flowers and shrubs.
The business streets of Chicago are a
living throng. Each one rushing on to at
tend to his own affairs, forgetful of the
crowd and heedless of all about him. But
that', we found, is characteristic of the peo
ple of the "West. One evening we stood hy
the bridge on Wells street, near the? great
Northwestern depot, watching a tng boat
towing in a large vessel, when the whistle
sounded for the bridge to turn. Men
grabbed by the arm the ladies that were
w-alking with them . and rushed ahead.
Children ran on tngzing at the skirts of
their mothers who could not run. All was
bustle and confusion. I thoug'it there
surely must le but one tr:,i:i per day. and
all ni:tr reach that or go without tiieir j
, . J iiht as thfc'fcrldgc' tSeati -rt hint h qTifrw
lmis old. .woman, hcr'Aitns ''fnWnf Vmnd,
uud an unibrella in her hand, came rush
ing up the walk: turning to a bright-eyed,
rosy -checked girl who was with her, she
1'here. we'll be left! That is onr train
the young lady with composure.
Onlv an hour''" I said to the duke.
,,.w, j thought it would be a week, at
least, from the fuss and hur;-y these tieople
"You'll get used to this," laughed the
duke. "They must hurry to make room for
the next crowd. There are one hidred
and fifty thousand persons who come and
go in this.city every day."
"Then I do not wonder nt the rush. It
seems strange where so many people come
from and go to," I said, soliloquizing.
The Board of Trade attracted onr atten
tion. It is a very large edilice built of stone
ami marble, very finely lluished. Having
tickets we were admitted to the visitors
gallery. It i.s a magnificent room, wiih
massive marble columns, frescoed ceilings,
beautiful pictures and finely wrought bal
conies. "The people of Chicago may just ly be
proud of this building," said the duke. "It
is the third one they have built since the
fire of 171. The first was a little wooden
structure. Then a fine stone building was
erected. This in turn became too small mid
rlaiii for them, so they have built this
"Well, this ought to satisfy them for
sometime to come. What a babel of voi
ces. One might almost think that he was
at the ancient tower on the plains of
"Only see how few of the men nre of
even middle age," said the duke. "Some
look like school boys; yet here they are in
this wilii exciting rush of speculation, l'.)f
toxicated with the hope of success, fir vain
ly struggling against defeat."
"Are you familiar with Iheir workings?"
"I understand it takes thousands of dol
lars to become i member."
"What do they mean by throwing their
hands out in Ih.-Jt fra.itic style?"
"They are bidding: and iu that very act
Home one may be financially ruined."
"How can that be?" I asked, puzled to
know how such an act could harm anyone.
"They buy and sell on what they call a
margin, and they may exceed the amount
they have on deposit. The prices of crops
are in a measure established here before
the seed is sown or the crops grown."
From the Board of Trade we isited the
panorama buildings where the battles of
Shiloh, Missionary Ridge and Gettysburg
were represented. In these great triumphs
of art the hand of man has so skillfully re
presented the spirit of the scenes that all
we needed to make us dodge was the
sound of whistling bullets nud bursting
shells. The wounded, dead and dying
were so life-like that we felt like olfering
our aid to help care for the sull'cring. As
we stood leaning over the railing trying to
separate the real from the ideal, a tall,
fine-looking man standing near us said:
"There, that man on the bay horse in
the gray uniform occupies the position I
held in that battle."
When he ceased speaking, a slender man
with a gray beard turned toward him, say
ing: "That man on the gray horse in the blue
coat is occupying the position I held in the
"Then you are General Prentiss," said
the first speaker.
"And you are Marmaduke," was the an
swer. They shook hands as cordially as
though they had never drawn swords
against each other in deadly conflict. Oa
inouirv we learned that nearly one thou
sand men who were in the battle of Shiloh
have visited this wonderful painting.
Our stay in Chicago was a continual
round of excursions and sight-seeing. One
morning we ascended the 276 steps and
found ourselves in the tower of the water
works. The citv lav beneath us almost a
solid block of masonry and architecture.
The crib in the lake, two miles distant,
seemed but a very few rods away. It was
a clear calm morning. The lake was like
an immense mirror reflecting back every
image cast upon its bosom. The sails and
steamers came into port with a quiet ma
jesty, ascending the slips and tranaLs that
penetrate the city, until the great prairie
landscape bristled with masts and spars
along the extended and still extending
wharfage. It was a scene of beauty, ming
led with business of nature and com
merce, of God and man. We remained
silent a long time, trying to grasp the ex
tent of the scene and the most interesting
points, when the duke broke the silence
"This is, indeed, a wonderful city, when
we remember that not one generation has
passed away since the country here was all
a marshy waste, an impassable, uninhabit
Yes," said I, "and remember the great
fires that have swept through it. Two or
three times the electric wires have thrilled
with the terrible words, "Chicago is burn
ing!" until it seemed there could be noth
ing left to burn."
Yet look around and 6ee the stately
buildings that greet the eye on every side,
while from every point the masts and spars
proclaim a great trade center."
Are there so many branches of th
river?" I asked.
No, those," said the duke, pointing out
the different lines, "are canals or slips
opened by the people. "Whenever trade or
business needs more room, or an outlet to
thfc lake, men are ready to do the work for
the earth that is to be removed. It is taken
to other parts of the city where it is used
to bring the grade up to the city level."
"Then here the old adage is followed out,
that nothing should ever be wasted."
Y'es, even the debris from the burnt
district made the foundation for one of the
finest avenues in the city." j
After the noon lunch I suggested that
we visit Lincoln Park.
Shall we take a carriage or the street
cars?" asked the duke, as we left the
"Oh, let us walk," I said. So we started
along leisurely, enjoying the different ob
jects of interest.
"Do you know what that building is that
is covered with vines and shaded by those
great trees that seem older than the city
itself?" I inquired as we came to a hand
some stone building.
"No, but I think it must be some old mo
nastery built by the Jesuits when they
roamed over the western world," 8aid the
And those fine buildings in the yard
must be the different seats of learning," I
Here is a man in uniform, I'll a-k
him." said the duke, stepping forward.
ir. what is this old building, covered
" v,I'ot ter Palmer's resilience,' nil!" mild
the man. looking, vj-ry jnu h surprised that
anyone need to ak 4ii li a tjije.-t ion.
"And those outer hnilding-i what are
"Potter Palmer's stables, uir!" said the
limn wjt,h a peculiar smil
i. We liad beeiiYreH'destN of 'Mr. V.Mmer's
. holcl ajul .now we had seen, his h'iiic, You
may imagine our surprise, and, I must
confess, chagrin, to thi;ik th.it we hud
mistaken a private iv-nn nce ior uuiiiiuk
ko em-.d and old. Alter that "Poller Pal
mer's residence" became a byword with
Lincoln I'iitk is one of tiie finest In the
city. it is the zoological garden .f ( 'hl
cago. and full of interest from I he entrance
gateway to the farthest nok. The object. 4
that called for our special attention ueio
the sea lions. They were playing in t hn
water, diving and swimming or sunning
themselves in the little artistic lakes and
caves that had been prepared for their use.
The little prairie dogs were a novelty to
us. Their little mounds of earth gave m
my first view of life on the great plains of
"These animals we never see in the old
world," I said, as we stood looking at
them, busy at their play.
"They are found only iu America, and
then only west of the Mississippi river.
Washington Irving has given a very in
teresting description of their habits of life
in one of his Itcautiful sketches."
"Here are the bear pits. See that old
fellow hanging by one foot to the limb of
that old stump," I said, iis we came- to thu
caves of the black and brown bears. One
of the brown Itears seemed perfectly at
home on the limb of an old stump in his
pit, trying to catch t he peanuts t hat the
children were throwing to him. But the
bear at the foot had the feast while the one
in the tree was working hard for little pay.
The great grizzly bear, looking up from
the mouth of his cave, was the greatest
curiosity. 1 had never seen one before,
but had often read of I hem.
"He's a fierce looking ft How," said the
duke, as we stood 1 toking down at him.
He was constantly tramping back and
forth, as though chilling under his confine
ment. "They are savage beasts," continued t h
duke, "and very dangerous. I was with a
party once that, were exploring .some of t h
mountain gorges in Colorado. Just as we
were leaving one of the long deliles, we
intcrvicwo'l ftu old mnn ulio find bci:n
cultlvutlnij the com.
heard a noise behind us. Looking round
we saw a huge grizzly seated on his
haunches. One of our party fired at the
beast. For a moment he seemed dazed,
then uttering a most terrific growl he
sprang forward, bringing down the man
who had fired at him. We realized in an
instant that it was death to our comrade
or the bear. ?ery one of our party leveled
his weapon at the head of the furious
beast. Fortunately for the man the bear
rolled over in mrtal agrniy. The Hsh was
torn from the jMor man's arm ami he was
frightened almost to death. That was my
first acquaintance with his majesty, the
grizzly bear. I never want to meet an
other, unless he is in close confinement or
under marching orders."
We visited one den cr cage after anoth
er, until we had seen a'l the animals on
exhibition. We enjoyed a ride on the little
lakes passing under artistic bridge, and
through long strains bordered by beautiful
flowers. At last we found ourselves at the
artesian well. We saw the wondrous fount
from which flows the supply of water for
the lakes, rivulets and fountains of the
park. The artistic skill displayed in mak
ing falls and fountains, lakes ami rivers,
caves and mounds is wonderful!
"This morning," said the duke as we
left the Palmer House, "we are going out
"What is the nature of the business, if I
"Real estate," answered the duke. "You
are to go with me and see how business in
conducted in America."
We soon saw a sign indicating the place
we sought. On entering, the duke began
at once to ask questions and examine
"How do you get possession of so much
land for sale?" asked the duke, after being
shown an immense quantity in nearly
every county in the state, it seemed to me.
"A great many farmers mortgage their
lands, and failing to pay when due, we
buy the lands," said the agent; "or they
place their farms in our hands to sell, to
raise money to meet the mortgages, hop
ing to save something in that way."
'What do you do with the land? you
hold before you get a buyer?" asked the
"There are always plenty of men who
want to rent. We get good terms. We
often rent to the former owners. They
make good tenants," said the agent.
' Then you are sure there will be no
trouble in getting good tenants if I should
buy the lands we have been talking of."
.None at all. There are more tenants
than farms, and you can make your own.
terms," said the agent, eager for a sale.
"Then, if agreeable, we will go and take
a look at some of your best bargains," said
Very soon we were at the depot ready to
start. We went south from Chicago. The
green landscape was dotted with happy
homes. Little villages nestled in the val
leys, and prosperity seemed to reign su
preme. Well-filled corn cribs attracted
our attention. We passed the Joliet prison
and saw some of the unfortunate beings at
work in the stone quarry near by.
We were delighted with the country.
The great fields of wheat and corn, the
beautiful rivers, bordered with good tim
lier. ami the delightful climate were jer
Millinery and dressmaking,- ;it
Tucker Sisters', in Sherwood block
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