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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
' i V
Early Career of Man Who Be
came Great in the Insur
WAS FEARLESS AND HONEST
Darwin P. Klngsley's Lively Expert
ences In Pioneer Times In Colo
rado and His Rise to High
By RICHARD SPILLANE.
A mild-looking, clear-eyed youth,
named Klngsley, arrived one day In
1883 In a wild little town In tho far
western end of Colorado, near tho
Utah lino Tho town had been found
eoby Governor Crawford of Kansas,
who saw with prophotlo eye that some
day it would be a center of industry.
Two roaring rivers, the Grand nnd tho
Gunnison, met Micro nnd joined their
waters. The site selected for tho
town had been a favorite camping
ground for the White- River Utcs and
the Uncompahgres for ages beforo
white men knew America. No more
beautiful setting could man find for a
home. Nea'r whero the rivers joined,
the valley broadened into a great bowl,
the sides of which wero formed by
towering cliffs. To tho north wero
the Dook Cliffs, to the southeast the
San Miguel peaks and to the northeast
the Grand Mesa; to tho south lay tho
glorious Uncompahgro range. Two
hundred miles to the northeast was
Denver. Midway between lay Lead
vllle and the Continental Divide. Far
to the south was the Santa Fo trail.
Tho TJtes were gone. Lcadvllle was
playing out Prospectors, gamblers,
un men, fortuno seekers and the Cot
am and Jetsam of western humanity
vero wandering over tho mountains
His Finger Was
seeking new treasure houses in the
onderful land of riches.
The town had been named Grand
Junction and it had five or six hundred
Inhabitants when tho mild-mannered,
clear-eyed Klngsley arrived there. Ho
was from Vermont and had been born
in Alburg, in that state, May B, 1857.
He had known poverty and had ex
perienced hardship. Ho bad worked
on a farm, and farm work in Vermont
is very hard. It had been difficult for
him to get an education. He was so
earnest, bo hard-working, so eager for
an education that he had won the
good opinion of all who knew him.
He had longed to go to a university,
but be did not have the money. A
kindly farmer had offered to supply
How He Went to College.
"I know," satd tho farmer, "that you
will pay the money back If you live.
Now, if you will give me security, so
that in case you die I will be repaid,
I -will furnish the money."
'The farm boy thought a moment,
and saw a way. He took out a life
insurance policy for $1,000 in favor of
the farmer, and he went to tho Uni
versity of Vermont. Ho did what he
could to work his way through college,
and all the actual money he spent in
his first year at the university was
165. After getting his bachelor's de
gree In 1881 he went West to Denver,
and there for a year he taught school.
Then ho moved further West, to Grand
That raw, boisterous llttlo town, at
tho junction of the Grand and Gunni
son, must have been a shock to tho
young man from Vermont. It had
plenty of dance halls, lots of gambling
houses and many saloons. Ho wanted
work. What could a farm boy or a
teacher do in Grand Junction at that
tlmo? There were no children to
teach; the town web composed 'of
fBSiHL v Iff 13
yr - I"
adults. He looked for work, but there
was no work for which ho was fitted.
Ho could not deal faro if he would,
and ho would not work In a barroom
If he could. Thcro was little farming,
for at that tlmo Irrigation had not
been developed in Colorado.
Tho beauty of tho land appealed to
him strongly. The ruggedness of No
Thoroughfnro canon is enough to stir
tho imagination of any man. Monu
ment canon Is one of nature's wonder
works, and Llttlo Book Cliffs nnd
Mount Garfield nro enough to lnsplro
rhapsody. The whole valley was a
picture. Once upon n tlmo In n prehis
toric ago, this great bowl of tho moun
tains was an inland sea, nnd the gulls
of tho Pacific still como to visit there.
A naturalist finds tho land n novcr
ending joy, but a young man who
must make n living has sterner things
to think about.
Became an Editor.
Klngsley had' to do something, or
return to the East. Ho was not one
to acknowledge defeat. Ho studied
tho situation thoroughly and saw only
ono way In which ho would get a job.
Thero was a printer In Grand Junc
tion who had a few fontB of typo nnd
an apology for a press. Tho man's
name was Prlco. Ho got out a llttlo
nowspaper which he called tho Grand
Junction News. Price liked tho print
ing business, but ho did not care much
for tho nowspaper end. Klngsley
talked with him, nnd Prico expressed
a willingness to soil n half interest
in tho business if Klngsley would rus
tlo up tho money to pay for it. Kings
ley did not have tho necessary capital,
but ho had a friend in Wisconsin and
this friend lent the money to him at
seven per cent, and when It was paid
over to Prlco, Klngsley became editor
of tho Grand Junction News.
A new county had been formed In
western Colorado, and Governor Grant
had appointed officers to conduct Its
affairs pending a regular election. Tho
county was named Mesa and Grand
Junction was made tho county seat.
Governor Grant was a worthy and
good man, but some of the men he sent,
to Mesa county wero rather sad speci
mens. The young editor had his own
idea of civil service and of town gov-
on the Trigger.
ernment. He had the courage to ex
press his convictions. Some of tho
things be wroto for the Grand Junc
tion News offended tho county officials
and aroused the resentment of tho
gamblers and tho pluguglles of Grand
Junction. They looked upon him as a
tenderfoot from the East, and it was
not long before he was In a peck of
Men went armed in Grand Junction,
in '.hose days, and settled their diffi
culties with the gun. Tho tenderfoot
from Vermont became a marked man.
The gamblers, the dance hall people
and the saloon keepers wanted to get
rid of him. Ho annoyed them. But
he won the admiration of tho sturdy,
earnest, clean-living men of all that
His Life In Danger.
At last things came to such a pass
that' tho lite of the editor hung by a
thread. For threo weeks an armed
guard protected him from the men
who would take his life. When ho
went out in the street he had a pistol
in his coat pocket and his finger was
on tho trigger, ready for instant ubo.
To add to tho intensity of feeling, an
election was approaching. Tho gang
wanted to romaiu in office. Klngsley
wanted to oust thorn. That election
was fought bitterly. When the votes
wero counted, the cause of decency had
won. The men whom Klngsley sup
ported wero elected. That was the
first regular election In the county of
Mesa. He had fought for decency1, for
honesty and for right, and Grand Junc
tion and Colorado wero better for his
The llttlo town caroo to have a
pride in the young man from Vermont,
and the following year ho was elected
a delegate to the national Republican
convention, tho one that nominated
James G. Blalno for president of the
United StatoB. A few years later when
tho state convention was held ho was
nominated by tho Republicans for statii
nudltor nnd superintendent of Insur
ance. He was ulectcd and for two
yeare administered tho nffalrB of thosoi
offices. Colorado novcr had n bettor
auditor or better superintendent of
Klngsley had a groat liking for In
surance ns well ho might, inasmuch ns
a $1,000 insurnncc policy had boon tho
means of giving him an education. Ho
studied lnsurnt.ee In all Its phases,
and tho moro ho atudtfd, tho more It
appealed to him. When his term ol
office expired ho had many opportunl
tics to rngago In business, for offers o
positions wero showered upon him.
In the Insurance Business.
Of all tho offers that enmo to him,
one, from nn insurnuco company
proven most attractive. Ho took it.
He loved tho work and entered Into It
with nil his heart. Ho did so well that
tho company cnt him to Boston to
tako chargo of Its offices there. Iloston
proved n rich field for him. Ho did
magnificently. Ho Inspired his men
with some of his own energy and en
thusiasm, made friends and did u tre
mendous amount of business.
He wnB In Iloston for about three
years, nnd then tho company culled
him to Now York, to becomo superin
tendent of nil Its ngcncletf. Ho was
nn good a superintendent as ho had
been canvasser or branch manager.
Next ho was mado third vice-president
of tho company, nnd then vice-president,
and five years ago ho was mado
It seems very simple as It Is print
ed here, how this man rose. Essen
tially ho is no" different today from
what he was when ho edited that llttlo
newspaper In Grand Junction, Colo.
He has broadened and is moro studi
ous, perhaps, but ho has the same
ideals, the same earnestness of char
acter, tho same keenness of perception
and tho same courage today that he
had In 1883. Ho has grown and pros
pered, but so has tho llttlo city In
which he played his part in making.
Today Grand Junction in the center
of what is known ns "the Little Em
pire of tho Western Slopo." Tho gam
blers, the gunmen and the flotsam and
Jetsam of western humanity hava
passed to other fields.
Tho valleys of the Grand and tho
Gunnison are rich with agricultural
wealth. Irrigation has transformed the
land. In few places of the world does
tho soil yield more bountifully. Tens
of thousands of tons of fruit are
shipped .from Grand Junction every
year. Fine, big stores and brick
structures stand where the saloons,
the dance halls, the faro banks wero
housed in shacks in '83. There are
banks and libraries and churches and
handsome dwellings in tho beautiful
city. It Is a land transformed, it is
a land of peaco and plenty. All Is
changed but nature's work. Tho
Grand and the Gunnison still pour
their waters down the valleys, tho pic
turesque Book cliffs still stand guard
nt tho north, to the southeast rises tho
San Miguel peaks, to tho northeast
the snow-capped Grand mesa, and to
the south tho glorious Uncompahgro
ranges. The seagullo como from the
far distant Pacific, as did tho ecagulls
of countless ages ago.
The Indians are only a memory, al
most as distant a memory as tho faro
banks and the dance halls. Occa
sionally a prospector wanders in from
tho hills, but not often. Edwin Price,
who had that little printing shop in
the wild, turbulent town and was
proud of his few fonts of type and his
apology for a press, Is there still. For
sixteen years he has been postmaster.
He Is the last of tho old guard. Ho
was in at the birth of Grand Junction,
and he will remain there as long as
May Dream of Old Days. '
In his magnificent office on Broad
way, or up in the University club or
the Union Lenguo club, or in hie hand
some home at Riverdale Klngsley may
dream at times of those days when an
armed guard protected htm at Grand
Junction and when he carried a pistol
in his coat pocket and had his finger
on tho trigger for Instant use when he
went abroad. He does not look much
like the man supposed to be the type
to defy tho western "bad man." But
quiet, earnest men are the ones with
New York knows Klngsley and
knows him well, but it le not prouder
of him than is Grand Junction, when
they point to the early files of tho
Grand Junction News, for the Grand
Junction NewB is still printed, and
show you the editorials and the other
articles that Darwin P. Klngsley
wrote, and when you read the time
yellowed columns they will tell you
that tho man who wrote them is presi
dent of one of the greatest life insur
ance companies In the world and trus
tee of many hundreds of millions of
dollars. And they will tell you that
before ho went to Colorado ho was a
farm boy in Vermont nnd that ho
worked early and late to get an edu
cation and that he knew hardship and
toll as farm boys aro likely to know
them. And all they tell you about
this man's career is true.
(Copyright, 1914, by tho McClure Newspa
Jockey Had Easy Return to London.
Many people havo had worries in
getting back to England from tho con
tinent. But Trigg, tho Jockey, who
turned up at Brighton from Austria,
got through easily enough. He wau
lucky enough to moot a king's mes
senger, wh. knew him. "I followed
him like a dog follows his master."
Tho king's messenger Just showed a
paper whenever there was trouble,
and "everybody Instantly stood erect
and saluted." London Chronicle. ,
The Bridal Trousseau,
Tho old Idea of providing brides
with n scoro or moro of gowns, wrap
and hats has qultu gono by. Even tho
fnshlonnblo trousseau of today con
tains no moro thnu a dozen gowns, If
ns many. ""St los change so fast that
by fall tho gowns for tho Juno wed
ding, necessarily mado somo weeks be
fore tho ceremony, begin to look odd.
Somo ntithorlty has declared that tho
best dressed woman in l'nrls buys no
moro than threo new toilets each year,
but tho opinion may he ventured that
she Is altering hor Inst year's supply
most of the tlmo. The vast assort
ments of lingerie havo also dwindled
Nobody provides such a multitudinous
wedding outfit nowadays iir used to be
Between two cvIIh It Is better to
marry for money than for n chance to
It's easier to g(t n poor wife than a
Physicians Recommend Castoria
f AST0EIA. has mot with, pronounced favor on tho part of physicians, pharma-
coutical sociotics and medical authorities. It is used by physicians with
results moBt gratifying. The oxtenflod uso of Oastoria is unquestionably tho
result of throo facts: 7rr The indisputable evidence that it is harmless:
Second That it not only allays stomach pains and quiots the nerves, but asBimi-,
latos the food: TAMIt is an agreeable and porfect substitute for Castor Oil'
It is absolutely safe. It does not contain any Opium, Morphine, or other narootio
and does not stupefy. It is unliko Soothing Syrups, Batoman's Drops, Godfrey's
Cordial, etc This is a good deal for a Medical Journal to say.1 Our duty, how
ever, is to expose danger and record the means of advanoing health. The day.
for poisoning innocent children through greed or ignorance ought to end. To1
our knowledges, Castoria is a remedy which produces composure and health, by
regulating tie system--not by stupefying it and our readers aro entitled to
the information. Hall's Journal of Ilcaltlu
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RgggS.i.ii' . ... JiiBPI
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ALCOHOL 3 PER CENT.
ncssandHesLContalnsneltor OpiuntIorphJtie rorMtoal
Anerfect Remedv forConsfltt
tton . Sour Storaadi.Dlarrhoea
ruess and Loss of sleep.
ItcSimfle Signature of
The Centaub Compass
Exact Copy of Wrapper.
PARADISE FOR THE ARTIST
Devotees of the Brush Are Accorded
Accommodations Without Price
at Inn at Capri.
Capri, beautiful In Itself as a winter
resort, offers an irresistible Invitation
to artists, slnco It has an Inn whero
anyone, by painting a picture on the
wall can get free board.
To tho lovely Island of Capri, with
Its perennial summer, Its bluo grotto,
and Us lemon groves, came, some fifty
years ago, a ruined artist Ho opened
an inn, and died rich. In his will,
leaving the Inn to his heirs, he made
"The charge per day, two bottles of
red Capri wine Included, Is never to
be moro than six francs.
"If any artist is too poor to pay he
shall paint a picture upon some wall
spaco, receiving all tho accommoda
tion accorded to those paying tho high
"If any German artist shall come
to the inn he shall bo accommodated,
and shall reoolvo tho amount of his
faro to Germany upon his promising
never to roturn to Italy."
Tho Inn is conducted today on theso
conditions. Its walls are covered with
paintings. Now and then a German
gets his faro homo.
"Lovo levels all things," quoted the
"Yes, everything but beads," cor
rected tho fool.
"So poor old BUI has gone under."
"Yea, they say hi business U going
Tho emperor of Auatrln, It has boon
noted, Inys claim to tho tltlo mnrquls
of Antwerp. If all Europenn sov
ereigns could make good their minor
territorial titles thoro would, Indeed,
bo u reconstruction of tho map. Tho
king of Italy, for Instnnce, Is officially
styled king of Sardinia, France, Spain
nnd Englnnd, of Italy and Jerusalem,
of (Srocco nnd Alexandria, of Hamburg
nnd Sicily, Master of tho Deep, King of
the Earth. Tho king of Spain also
clnlnw to lio king of .lisnisnloin, king
of Gnllcla (a title shared with tho em
peror of Austria), and, In addition,
king of Gibraltar, of tho West Indies
nnd of India.
Shame on Him.
"What Ih your friend so elated
"Seems his wlfo Is marooned In Eu
rope." - Louisville Courier-Journal.
Abuse somo ono nnd wo always find
an appreciative audience.
Letters from Prominent Physicians
addressed to Chas. H. Fletcher.
Dr. B. Halstcad Scott, of Chicago, Ilia., says: t'l havo prescribed, youn
Castoria often for infants during my practlco, andtflnd It Tory satisfactory."
Dr. William Belmont, of Cleveland, Ohio, Bay a: "Your Castoria standi
first In Its clnss. In my thirty years of practlco I can lay I never hava
found anything that bo filled tho place."
Dr. J. H. Taft, of Brooklyn, N. Y., says: "I have used your Castoria and
found It an excellent remedy In my household and private practice for
many years. The formula Is excellent."
Dr. R. J. Hamlen, of Detroit, Mich., says: "I prescrlbo your Castoria
extensively, as I havo never found anything to equal It for children's
troubles. I am awaro that thcro are imitations In tho field, but I always
see that my patlonta got Fletcher'B."
Dr.Wm. J MoCrann, of Omaha, Nob., says: "As tho father of thlrtecm
children I certainly know something about your great modiclno, and aside
from my own family experience I havo in my years of practice found Cas
toria a popular and efficient remedy In almost every home."
Dr. J. R. Clausen, of Philadelphia, Pa., says: "Tho name that your Cas
toria has mado for itself In tho tens of thousands of homos blessed by the
presence of children, scarcely needs to be supplemented by tho endorse
ment of the medical profession, but I, for ono, most heartily endorse It and
believe It an excellent remedy."
Dr. R. M. Ward, of .Kansas City, Mo., says: "Physicians generally do not
prescrlbo proprietary preparations, but in tho caso of Castoria my experi
ence, Hko that of many other physicians, has taught mo to make an ex
ception. I prescribe your Castoria In my practlco becauso I have found It
to be a thoroughly reliable remedy for children's complaints. Any physi
cian -who has raised a family, as I have, will Join mo In heartiest recom
mendation of Castoria."
GENUINE CASTORIA ALWAYS
.V Unarm fho Hirrnani-a ftV
The EM You Have
In Uso For Over 30 Years.
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Her Memory All Right.
Mrs. Geddcs had a now maid, and
she found It necessary to repeat her
Instructions several times before Nora
obeyed them. Tho mistress had told
her repeatedly about tho finger-bowls,
and ono day, when thero wero guests
they were again forgotten.
"Now Nora," said Mrs. Geddcs, ex
tremely exercised over tho omlBBlon,
"this Is the sixth tlmo I've had to tell
you about the finger-bowls. Didn't
the woman you last worked for havo
them on tho table?"
"No, mum," replied Nora, "her
friends always washed their handB
before they cum."
Accounting for It.
"That girl has a swelled head."
"That's only because alio wears such
big 'rats.' "
Men who havo nothing else to apolo
gize for should apologize for being on
After a girl gets to be about so old
she makes a bonflro of the baby pic
ture of herself taken in a washbowl.
Get the M olllna
Molting time is lost time thero
n mw . nod Mil.
Get it over Feed a good full ration and be sure to include
pr&tts, Poultry Regulator
Uc tVff . to 25 lb. pall
If a sent!. Inrlfforatln tonic Jiut
PfBitX Ucc Killer S5a. to $1.00
and all Pratta froducta ara raaxantaed-aaUafacUon o
.money back. .
Piatt 160 pas Poukty Book U complete
ajuidt), handtomeW iUurtialed. Ba ten le gat
Seal pottpald lot 10c.
A MINISTER'S WIFE
Mrs. O. F. MclTarffue, 117 W. 9th
8t., Jacksonville, Florida, writes: "I
had catarrh and throat trouble.
Threo bottles of I'cruna cured mo.
Ah a minister! wlfo 'I como In con
tnct with all clnnsoa of people, anil
shall iilwnyH speak a good word for
Pcruna. I havo given trlaf bottles
to a few friends. Wishing you abun
dant success. I roinnln, yours truly.
Fighting the White Plague.
Adequate hospital facilities for tb'j
35,000 residents of Ohio who aro s'if
fcrlng from tuberculosis has been de
cided upon by tho prevention of tuber
culosis and officials of the stato board
of health. It is proposed to create
12 hospital districts of from four to six
counties each, wherein campaigns will
bo Inaugurated for the erection of dis
trict tuberculosis hopltals to bo main
tained jointly by tho co-operating
Through tho erection of theso It
district hospitals, supplementing the
present sanitaria, antituberculosis
workers believe that the 36,000 vlo
tlmB will bo adequately cared for, and
that the peoplo of the stato will be
so well pvotected through this hospi
talization that eventually Ohio's death
rate of 7,000 per year will be reduced
Many a woman regrets that she
didn't change her mind before shs
changed hor name.
Better an ounco of did than a pound
of going to do.
are no eggs with whk
what th hna saed.
rMIUU CHICAGO. TORONTO,
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