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William Collins Whitney
Statesman and Financier,
Dead of Blood Poisoning
EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF WIL
LIAM C. WHITNEY.
1841 Born at Conway, Mnen..
In circumstances comfortable,
though his parents were not
1863 Was graduated from Yale
College with honors after four
years' study; took up law.
1806 Began struggle as a law.
yer In New York city, opening an
office, but meeting with little sue
1869 Married Miss Flora
Payne, daughter of a wealthy
Ohio Senator, who aided the
1876 Entered New York poli
tics, and under Tweod rule made
Corporation Counsel, holding
three terms with signal tmccess.
1882 In private life, as pollti
cal convention leader, picked Gro
ver Cleveland for governor as the
Democracy's only hope.
1E85 Made Secretary of the
Navy under Cleveland, leaving at
his departure a brilliant and en
1890 Affiliated with William
Elklns and P. A. B. Wldener and
became a powerful street railway
magnate and financier.
1896 Astonished Eastern socie
ty by his marriage to Mrs. Edith
Randolph, for whom he built his
$4,000,000 mans on.
1893 Received a severe shock
at the death of Mrs. Whitney,
who was Injured fatally In South
1898 Commenced the estab
lishment of his famous stables
and the gathering of his valuable
string. of horses.
1900 Became an active patron
of the turf.
William C Whitney, statesman,
financier, turfman and collector of
great paintings and rare objects of art
died at his home, ST1 Fifth avenue.
New York, at -1 o'clock In the after
noon of Feb. 2
He was taken 111 at the opera Jan.
211. with appendicitis His physicians
William Collins Whitney,
uoin July :, 1K4I
Died Fob. li, 1!HVI.
the most distinguished In their profes
sion, realized tho seriousness of the
attack, and operated as soon as they
could. Their patelnt's Indomitable will
had served him a fatal turn, however.
Ho had delayed complaining of the
ailment too long.
Mr. Whitney did not recover from
this operation. The poison had en
tered his system, and peritonitis set
On the morning of Feb. - It became
apparent that his condition was des
perate. Ho was conscious of the fact
and realized that it would require
almost a miracle to save his life.
Calmly and bravely he considered tho
result of the consultation of physi
cians. They told him that thero was
one chance in a million that a second
operation might keep him alive, while
without it his tenure of life was a mat
ter of hours. They did not l:eop from
him tho peril of his never waking
from the anaesthetic.
Ho bade tho physicians to go ahead
and do what they could. Ho arranged
his nffairs. hade his son. Harry Payne
. Whitney, anil his daughter. Miss Doro
thy, tho only members of his family
present, a hopeful farewell. He left
messnges for those of his children who
wero not at home.
Then the doctors prepared for the
operation, hut tho desperate alterna
tive was futile. Mr. Whitney failed to
rally after tho knives had done I heir
work. Ho nover regained conscious
ness after being put um'er the Influ
ence of other.
His son and his daughter were sum
moned and they stood beside tho bed
side of their distinguished father as
ho sank from tho stupor Induced by
tho drug Into iho sleop of death.
Tho passing or Mr. Whitney makes
tho first gap in tho lino of strong
men who havo stood at tho head of
financial affairs In Now York in recent
years tho great promoters anil organ
izers of tho presont Sages and Keones.
with whom ho fought groat battles of
tlnanco In tho past, and with whom ho
wns In rccont years associated In
Mr. Whitney's death affects mnny
Circles, a greater number probably
than would tho death of any man with
whom his namo was associated.
In Wall street It is felt no more
strongly than nniong tho men famed
for their love of nit and their nppn.'cln.
i $r 1
tlon of the beautiful things of the
world, In polltlcnl cent on as well as In
Huclcty mid among men who own
great racing stables.
Wherever lie moved he was n power,
ns great In his diversions ns In Ills
stupendous business achievements.
ThoiiKh Mr. Whitney wns a very
rich man, his fortuno Is not supposed
to he on a pnr with that of the great
multimillionaires. lie was not pre
eminently an accumulator. Ho was
prodigal In expenditures. Ills otil
use for money was for the things It
would buy. So lie Jived lavishly and
diverted himself royally. His personal
expense, year In and year out, was
probably greater than that of any
F.vcn with such expenditures his
Benlus for organization and his clear,
far sighted financial skill built him up
a fortune that is estlmnted nmong his
associates as 2fi.000,noo. lie could
have withered a hundred millions had
his ambitions turned him toward
honidlng his wealth.
Of late years, when his associates
weie liuuriinp all their energies to ac
cumulation, he was steadily withdraw
ing from the gross game of money
making, letting his eldest sou, Harry
Payne Whitney, take his place on the
hoards and directories of his compan
ies. This very fact makes It probable
that his demise will not seriously dis
turb "the Street."
CAREER OF UNVARIED SUCCESS.
Notable Achievements In the Life of
William C. Whitney.
Mr. Whitney's career us lawyer, re
former, cnbinot member, business
innn, lover of tho turf and society
leader, was an enviable one, but his
most notable achievement was the re
organizing and building of the Ameri
can navy, paving the way for the vic
tories that fjr.v'j liberty to Cuba and
wrested from Spanish domination
I'orto ltlco and the Philippines.
Mr. Whitney came of Puritan stock.
q was born tit Conwny, Mass.. July
i. 1 S 11. and was educated at Willlston
Academy nr-tl at Yale, graduating from
the latter school in lSlili. Ho entered
the Dane J,aw School at Harvard in
ISC", and . few years later began the
practice of law in New York City.
Mr Whitney was only III years old
when he became a political leader in
tho Democratic party. His first not
able work ivas against the Tweed
ring, and tbls gave him i publicity
that he subsequently retnlned. Ho
became a clnso friend of the late Sam
uel J. Tllitcn, and was active in man
aging ills campaign for the presidency.
In 187fi he was appointed corpora
tion counsel for tho City of New York.
Ho reorganized the department, cre
ating four new bureaus. He retired
from the corporation counsel's ollico In
1882 and interested himself in acquir
ing franchises for street railways, thus
laying tho Inundation for a fortune
that later mounted to millions.
When flrovor Cleveland wns Inau
gurated President in 1885 he placed
the department of tho navy In the
hands of Mr. Whitney. Then began
the plan of reorganization that has
had remarkable results.
Tho United Stnteu had no navy
when Mr. Whitney took olllce. Ho quit
the department, leaving the nucleus
of that white squadron which was
afterward built nnd which led the wny
to making tho United States one of
the great powers
VMr. Whitney retired from office In
1S80, and since that time refused all
political or diplomatic olllces. Ho re
turned to active business nnd proceed
ed to unite und systematize tho trac
tion lines of New York City. He cre
ated tho present great combination of
lines known as tho Metropolitan
Street Railway Company, which unites
alt the street car Hues on Manhattan
Island and far beyond.
Ho was active In other llnnnclal di
rections, ills operations Including tho
procuring of Interests in tho New York
Lifo Insurance Compnny, the Mutual
Llfo lnsuranco Company, tho Morton
Trust Company and ho Consolidated
:. ' ..
Mrs. A. H. Paget.
MImh Pauline Whitney.
Gas Company. Hut with all these
business enterprises on his mind, Mr,
Whitney sought relaxation on tho turf,
and ho procured stables of thorough
breds thnt won for him a name In turf
annals, and ho signalized tho year 1903
by scoring a larger amount of win
nings than any other owner of horses.
Ho raced ontlroly for amusement, nnd
his costly strings of horses and his
highly paid Jockeys and trainers cost
him far moro than ho vfbn. Ho wns
ono of tho fow Amorlcans that have
won tho Kngllsh Derby, capturing that
race In 1901 with Volodoyovskl,
.Mr. Whitney was inurrJi'd twice. His
l.l Li) v ..
llrst wife, to whom he was wedded in
18M. wns Flora, daughter tif the Into
United States Senator Henry H. Payne
ot Ohio. Four children wero born to
them Pauline, now the wife of Al
merle Hugh Paget or F.nglnnd: Harry
Payne, married to Cortrtttle Vander
hilt; Payne, married to a daughter of
Secretary of State Hay. and Dorothy
Pay ne Whitney.
In 189.1 Mrs. Whitney died, nnd Mr.
Whitney remained a widower until
ISJid, when he mnrrled IMIth S Ran
dolph, widow of Capt. Arthur Ran
dolph of Knglnnd nnd daughter or Dr.
William May of ltaltlmore.
Tho second Mrs. Whitney died May.
!. 1V.I7. the result of an accident while
riding to hounds at Hlltmore, the coun
try home of Cornelius Vanderhllt, In
North Carolina. She attempted to
ride beneath a bridge, but It was too
low, ami her head struck the arch.
Mr.- Whitney bought tho New York
Morning Telegraph, u dally paper do-1
voted to Bportlng und theatrical news, '
Inst year, and gave Peter F. Dunne, !
the creator of "Mr. Dooley," an Inter- j
est to take charge of tho paper.
Grover Cleveland's Tribute to Hit
The news or Mr. Whitney's death
lias greatly shocked me. As I think of
him. my mind, passing beyond recent
years, dwells upon Mm days of my as
sociation with him in high official
duty, and recalls the time when I had
the opportunity to enjoy his unro
served Intlmncy and friendly compan
ionship. Our relations have never
changed, but the exigencies of life
have forbidden recent close inter
course. Mr. Whitney had moro calm, force
ful efficiency than any man I ever
knew. In work thnt interested him
he actually seemed to court difficulties
and to find pleasure and exhilaration
In overcoming them. His Judgment
was quick, clear and astonishingly ac
curate; and, when It was called Into
action, his mental poise was so com
plete that neither pnsslon nor Irrita
tion could lend it astray.
While I remember all this with ad
miration and atfection I recall with
moro tender sentiment Mr. Whltnoy's
devotion to his friends, his extroine
consideration for all with whom he
Henry Payne Whitney,
came in contact, his thoughtfitlnes
for tho case and comfort ot others,
and his ready Impulse to help those
who needed help. I mourn tho death
ot a friend of whom it can bo truth
fully snid that In his character wero
combined mental traits of a high order
and loving qualities of heart that grap
pled him to his friends with hooks of
Whitney Holdings In Various
The following tnblo gives in
round numbers tho value of Mr.
Whitney's holdings in tho compa
nies in which lie was chiefly in
terested: Consolidated Cas $ ".r.00,000
Metropolitan Traction. .'1.000,000
Subsidiary companies.. 1,000,000
Western interests 5.000,000
Real ostnto holdings... 5,000,000
tion Company 1,000.000
Morton Trust Company 1,000,000
American Tobacco 500,000
Lead interests 500,000
ficncrnl Electric Co... 500,000
Fifth Avenue Trust Co. 100,000
National Dank of Com
What the Sailors Got.
An Kngllsh newspaper tells this
story: "They wero about to buy boef
tin tho boof tor tho ships. So tho offi
cer whose duty It was to make tho pur
chase took ashoro with him the
bo'swaln, nB representing tho crew, to
look over the animalB and either ob
ject or not. They npproached tho first
animal. "How will that do?" asked
tho officer. Tho bo'swaln cautiously
approached the beast, bent down and
gingerly ran his thumb and forefinger
down first ono shank aud then tho
other, until tho whole Tour shanks had,
been examined. Straightening "P, ho
snld: "He'll do all right, sir." Tho
officer cried: "Ilut dash It, all, you
can't tell the good points or a bullock
by tho shanks." PorhapB not, sir; but
they'ro tho only parts wo ever gets,
sir," was the reply.
suxu or .w.trmor:.
Kei, ret on en. ml, I j.,.,i lirrnvt,
I I'M hcuves I i tins mm aiul blows to tho
Sleep, tlcep mi Hip lr.'Hi(llll deep
I lint innlij n fcittt linn In keep;
ll'i' uluic iiir milHf of tho world Is
And i In- wuo mill the ntt ting winds
IllIM- Hull will:
I I t'te v licit1 tin' llfp of the x'tuny eras
I.i-iiW'h t'li- iiilmi ami (lie limit at t'ii.
And the IIMiir.ci lilno cnvuIN the peak
Of pi'ii-lioiM .! -emu tied .M.irtlmiui'.
htfitm ili'-rnii on tlif UimlliiK ftuvun
Of tile mm iilul slty Win I'll tlm uhlto
"n (-hilling iiiiiIh thrlr fonliiliiK Mnkr:
WiiUr, will,,, ulii'ic Hi,' lillluu'ii liri'nk
Mile wlic-c il.r lull mn the ilouhl mid
if tli- wiulii mi- 'ni in tin, mii iif-n'ii:
lli if when- i hi- tin I wnild'N minulih il-n
In I'liliny lilllnws nnd i.ilcn uit'i.
And tin- Sunt in i ii I'i'i'wi Milne u-p- Iho
ot iii-linrii tk-ii.wi,iit M u'llnl(iii.
VV ,l ciui'iM p. i, in si t.inilt (Jlobo-
t'i n I" i. it
r,''nt 1 vi,"'.iVic"r 'vrJ '..i J
VXA V--' r?W
"" -w 'JStf -
in i.k.n 1. on
I up urni'i't I !' I'll I'lir iiltin,f I'ulilithn.ii I tvtij iluv
The wind swept in nngr gusts
through the tall, shapely I'.rs. driving
before it sheets of Hue snow which it
hurled fiercely against the enhlr. The
snow entered every apoiture with Im
patient persistence, terming little
riffles of white along the wall.
At times, the huge fire-place roaied,
or again it smoked and simmered.
A innn with clenched ilsU stood In
the center of the room glaring wildly
about him with a look of subdued
rage, in Impotent defiance of the ele
ments. "Jim," called n weak voice from the
shadow near the wall. Tho fierce, re
pellnnt look vanished before one til
tender yearnings, as he turned quickly
to the bedhldo.
"I am here, Mnry. What Is It?"
"What Is the time?"
".lust twelve, Mnry," answered the
man. seating himself near her.
"Jim," faltered the woman. "1 will
not live- till dawn."
"Aw Mary don't ," began the
man, but she continued, "There ain't
no use denyln' it, .Ilm. I'm dying'
now." The man gazed at her with
the dazed look of one stricken dumb.
Ho tried to speck, but only the mus
cles of his tnco worked convulsively,
and no rmuud camo toith.
The woman saw and continued.
"Now, .Jim, don't take It so." The
man artise as though stung; he threw
his arms about In mute appeal.
"I nm the cause. I have done this.
Killed you, torn my own heart out, de
stroyed hope and happiness, looking
tor th.it accursed gold!" His agony
was pltltul, and she raised herself
with an effort saying. ".Jim. I wl'l not
havo you talk so. Yon have been n
kind and loving husband."
"You weie contented and happy In
the valley. We had a little saved,
and I was contented till that devilish
greed possessed me. I brought you
into the mountains and kept you here
while 1 searched, searched () (lod.
how I searched, hut to no purpose."
He paused, gazing helplessly down at
a little rift of snow that was growing
by the bedside.
"You done It for the best, .ilm. it
was all for mo that you worked and
strived. thinking every day to strike
It; and it ain't no fault of yours that
jou ilidn t," said she, catching weak
ly the brown, calloused baud that fell
"1 never ought to have brought you
here I ought to have left a month
ago, but I stayed nm! stayed, hoplu'
each day but now tho snow has
come, and tor good."
The man wept; the woman was si
lent . maybe her thoughts were far
away in that valley home.
The storm grew fiercer lnshlng the
A man with clenched fists ctood in the
center of the room,
forest plteously. Orent branches foil
crashing; near the. cnbln. Now and
again, some huge boulder, dislodged
from its rest of centuries, thundered
Into tho gully below. Neither tho dy
ing woman nor thu stricken man
"Jim afterwards I maybe you
can find it you was so sure "
"Oh, don't, Mnry! anything but
thnt," cried tho man.
"Jim, I want tho flowers," she
"Flowers," ho moaned, looking help
lessly around at the sifting snow.
iiSp 5 pJ8pIIpi
v$T Sl 6
"Yes. ,11m, 011 tho shelf there." Mo
groped half dazed across the loom to
the shelf. He thqughl her wandering
bu' ? obeyed mechanically, and
looked among the various articles.
Ah. what was that! It was like the
rtab of a kuire. There near the wall,
ni an oyster can, was tucked a hunch
of withered roses tied with a cotton
string. She hnd brought them from
Hie valley where they always bloom,
l'e drew them forth, shook tho whlto
layer of snow from them and placed
them near her on the pillow.
".Ilm," she whispered, as he bent
In a moment he was on his knees paw
ing with cold, blue fingers.
near, "I'm going hack to the valley.
You can come nfter you find
find." Ho bent nearer to hear tho
whisper, but only the deep moan of
tho storm filled the cabin.
The dawn came, the day passed, and
still the man sat, dazed aud bewil
dered by the bedside. Now anil again
he would ralso the tadeil roses and
glance Imploringly around ns though
to conjure pity Irom the stern sur
roundings. The fire had long died out,
the room was cold, the little rifts of
snow had grown till they stood like
white pyramids around the room. As
tho dnrkness of the second night bo-
l gan to settle ho rose and relit tho
fire. All night tho storm roared and
moaned, but he was oblivious of the
elements. As morning advanced hi)
drew from a corner a pick and shovel
and sat down before the fire.
He knew ho was too far In the
mountains to get aid. The snow tilled
tho gullies and It would take days,
maybe weeks, before ho could return.
Ho took the tools and In tho early
light pushed his way aimlessly
through tho drifts to the gulley. In
tho lee of a great fir ho threw tho
light snow aside and began to dig.
The ground was not frozen, for this
was the first snow.
He worked with deadened, sliipifled
senses, and time and again found him
self sitting Inactive, groaning as If In
The wind had died away, the snow
ceased falling, but tlm clouds hung
black overhead when he returned to
the en bin. Without pause, as though
knowing his weakness, ho wrapped
the body of tho woman In a heavy
blanket and with thu withered flowers
still upon her breast, bore her down
tho mountain to the grave. Throwing
first a tow gteoii branches Into It, he
laid tho body caielully upon them.
Ho took up tho shovel to finltli his
agonizing task, when something at his
feet awoke his numb faculties. Ho
caught It up with a piercing cry. His
eyes dilated, his breath camo In
hoarse, deep gasps. In a moment ho
was upon his knees pawing wildly
with cold, bluo 'lingers, at tho gravelly
mound hu had thrown out. Ho turned
and jieered with aching eyes over tho
dead li.ody, at the wall of tho grave.
Thoro it stood revealed. In his de
lirium he lifted tho body from Its rest
"Tho ledge! the ledge!" ho shouted
In an ecstacy of delight. Ho fondled
tho golden rock from which tho yel
low scams showed thickly. Ho laughed
and wept llko ono demented. He throw
tho dirt wildly about, examining and
scrutinizing ns though to reassure himself-
"After all my work and striving,"
he ecled. clecfully. llo turned und
p T Jin
started tip the mountain. "I'll go nnd
tell " Tho tnun swnyod a moment
then fell 8hii(idorlng Into tho uuow.
For ono hrluf moment ho hnd enjoyed
the gold and then
llo did not rise, but crawlnd back,
groveling ns though In penance, llo
lelt that ho hail stained her memory
llko the eartli-spotted snow thnt lay
around. The deep satire of it nil en
compassed him. Fierce, bitter Iookn
swept across his strained features.
Ills blood-shot eyes glared menacingly
at the cold, distant peaks, at tho tall,
swnylng firs, at the pure, whlto niantlo
that enveloped all, as though (hoy
were the authors of his distress. Ho
cursed tho yellow metal that gleamed
at him across the grave. His humid
moved aimlessly about him until
something that sent a thrill through
htm, touched one. Wv. held It forth,
It wns the hunch of faded roses.
llo gnzed upon them until the dis
tant peaks grow brighter lined, till tho
gentle murmur of the Mrs showed a
deeper meaning, till the whlto mantlo
covered only the stains of the world,
(III the tears came.
The light or day was still strong
when the man stood beside tho grave,
alone with iialure. Slowly, quietly ho
again laid the body In the grave, then
as if covering a sleeping child in Its
cradle, he cast upon It the heaped up
earth. Then with calm and fear less
lace ln turned uml strode heavily
toward the far-off valley.
riie snow kept falling, falling down
upon the black mound. At first it
lurui'd to tears, but soon enveloped
all within its pall of white.
A Beast of Superior Intelligence.
"You may say what you please re
garding tho superior intelligence ot
Hie human animal." remarked Crosn
cup oratorically, "hut I have at homo
a puppy a common yellow puppy
that is far moro clever than some
" 1 lie other evening I carrlod homo
11 bottle and Joyous anticipations. Tho
former 1 sought to open with a patent
corkscrew. For tho first time In lt
period of service thft screw broke half
the cork off ami on tho second try
pushed the remaining half Into tho
neck of the bottle.
"I look It out In the kitchen nnd
labored with It for a while, trying to
fasten the spiral of tho screw into
iho floating cork. Would you believe
it? That pup crawled under (lie wash
tubs at the exact moment Iho cork
dropped in and never showed so much
as the tip of Its nose until I fished tho
bit of cork out with a rusty button
hook. Then It camo out ami congratu
lated me with many wags or tho tail,
ir that is not superior Intelligence 1
should like to know what is."
"Superior to what?" asked Deor
ing. Crossuip eyed him as one who
would seel; to arouse unpleasant mem
ories. "My wire tried to advise mo,"
he said simply.
Dcering, who Is married also, said
The Seven Ages of a Racehorse.
Kltcl. the foal.
Woldil.N. ,uiil iiuridiiK nt it.s mother's nldn:
Ami tlicii tlu ulihiiiylnt; coll, with grntla
And ftly ilnatiiiK mane, rrhkiug In piul
NIIiIiIIiik liittiniiH Krpt'li. TlK.'il coinox tho
Fiini-i'ly I'oukIU at llrst, with mnny
l'.ut later Ikhiki with Kruc Then dully
.Mnntlu: nf impel Ini; care, und trl:il on
TrnvdlhiK, mid racing undT ch-vi-r hanilu,
Kamr to 1 coords innko or break.
Win .'tip or linn) .'nt purse. And then a
Tendon sii'iihieit. mid ns u "seiiliiK plater"
lilt diiys of money i-iirtilng nipped In hud,
I ''or him no more the soft curutt ot hand,
And Ini Ims pl.ied hit part. The sixth
Tl.e lioi'H.' of Kmtln hroed ducked, nnd
Willi wciir.v i'lrlile, eye.t liubilng und mark
On his shrunk ahsink; and tlm full, drop
(lure drawn In inoaxiiio xtroiiK. labors
And whistle In Its pound. Lust scune of
Thnt ends thin hIimiiko, pathetic liittnry.
For which 'Ivwir mvrcy to imploro ob
livion. Runs lull, tans MkIiI. sins htruugth, mum
Finn 1 re M. Iilulr in Itlder and Driver.
The Lesser Evil.
Mr. Nolan has received a long
tongue-lashing from Mr. Qulgloy, nnd
his friends were urging on him tho
wisdom of vindicating his honor by a
prompt use of his fists.
"Ilut he's moro than mo equal," said
.Mr. Nolan, dubiously, "and look at
tho sl?e of him."
"Sure, ami you don't want folks to
he saying Terry Nolan is 11 coward?"
demanded a reproachful friend.
"Well, I iliinno," and Mr. Nolan
gazed mournfully about him.
rather that than to havo them sayln;
day after to-morrow, 'How nnturJ
Dr. Parkhurst and the Immigrant
An Hngllsh visitor was talking to
tho Hov. Charles II. Parkhurst ihp
other day about the recent Tamrrtiny,
victory in the Now York city oleclun.
"I suppose It was duo to tho lmnl-
grant vote," said tho Eugllshmna.
"That'B how Adam and Evo nccoimt-
od for it. isn't It?" replied tho doc or.
"They snld It was tho fault of tholm
mlgrant Into the garden. But If AJam
and Kvo had boon decent peoplojtho
immigrant could n t have trouiled
Laziness of Great Men.
If early rising were a condltLi nf
fame, our biographical dlctlijnarlcn
would be much Blondercr volurni than
they are; for It Is n deplorabjo fact
that many of our great mon ar na re
luct&iit to loiuo their plllovvsIn tho
morning us any of their obsciro fel.
Lord Mayor's Valuable Badge.
Tho badge worn by tho lord mayor
of London Is studded with diamonds
to the value of .CI 20,000
s 1 i
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