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THE FIRM OF ORIN & BARRETT
No financial throe volcanic
Ever yet was known to scare It;
Never yet lwis any panic
Seared the Arm of Grin anil Barrett
From the Hurry and the fluster,
From the ruin and the crashes,
They arise In brighter luster
Like the phoenix from his ashes.
When the banks and corporations
Quake with fear, they do not share it,
Smiling through all perturbations
Goes the firm of Grin and Barrett
Grin and Harett,
Who can scare It?
Scare the firm of Grin and Uarrett?
"When tbe tide-sweep of reverses
Smites them, firm they stand and
Without walling, tears or curses,
This stout firm of Grin and Uarrett.
Even should their hourr go under
In the hood and inundation,
Calm they stand amid the thunder
AVlthout noise or demonstration,
And, when sackcloth Is the fashion,
With a patient smile they wear It,
Without petulance or passion,
This old firm of Grin and Uarrett.
Grin and Uarrett,
V'ho can scnre it?
Scare the firm of Grin and Uarrett?
When other firms show dizziness,
Here's a house that doesn't shure it.
Wouldn't you like to Join the business,
Join the firm of Grin nnd Uarrett?
Give your strength that does not mur
mur, And your nerve that does not falter,
And you've Joined a house that's firmer
Than the old rock of Gibraltar.
They have won a good prosperity;
Why not join the Arm and share It?
Stop, young fellow, with celerity;
Join the firm of Grin and Uarrett.
Grin nnd Uarrett,
Who can scare It?
Scare the llrm of Grin and Uarrett?
Sam Walter Foss, In Christian Endea
HIS AMERICAN BEAUTY.
By Joseph Sebastian Itogers.
Denton first met her at the Marlow's
reception. He had Just come In from
the frosty night and was standing be
tween the portieres, Idly surveying the
throng that lllled the rooms.
"No, there are several here I've never
met," he wns saying to Miss Marlow;
"for instance, the tall young lady with
dark hair and brown eyes, over there
by the cabinet."
"Oh, Mildred Arnold She Is pretty,
Isn't she?" replied Miss Marlow, with
a touch of condescension in her voice.
Then she led him across the room and
That night as Denton walked home he
thought to himself that he had never
met anyone quite like Miss Arnold.
There was n distinct personality In the
pose of her head, the wave of her hand,
the bend of her arm; and a certain sub
tle suggestion of herself In things about
her person. Her fan, for Instance he
would have known It nmong a hun
dred, though he had never seen It be
fore, nnd the rose that breathed on her
bosom seemed to take life from hers.
Her voice was clear, full-toned and low,
and her dark eyes reminded him of
deep pool reflecting all the shade of the
Ten days later, Denton called.
"I brought you this," he said, un
folding an American beauty rose, "be
cause I have an idea that it is your fa
I "How very queer. It Is my favorite,
lf, Indeed, I have any, for I am dearly
fond of flowers." Then she took the
rose and thanking him, laid It against
her face. "Two of a kind," thought
Denton. After that he used to think
of her as his "American Ueauty."
They became very good friends after
a time this man of society and the gentle-mannered,
Perhaps it was her literary taste that
attracted Denton, for he himself was
an author and at that period was writ
ing his "Thirst of Tantalus," which
afterward threw society into a flutter
of excitement. Perhaps the spiritual
faculties of the man found fellowship
in the all-pervading presence of the
young woman's deep nature.
When spring came Denton called, the
first bright day, to take her walking in
the country. They boarded an electric
car and alighted at the further end of
a pretty little suburban village.
Uefore them stretched a smooth,
white road shaded by great, sturdy
trees. On either side of the highway
the wild lilacs were blooming, nnd the
air was filled with the subtle breath of
After a time they came to a bubbling
stream winding through a rocky gorge.
"I used to come down here to fish
and dream, when I was a boy," said
Denton, taking the path by the side of
the stream. They walked on for some
distance until they came to a ledge of
rock at the base of a towering boulder,
trelllsed with budding vines.
"What a beautiful spot!" said Mil
dred. "This was one of my favorite haunts,"
said Denton. "Many an afternoon I've
dreamed away while more practical peo
ple were working and achieving some
thing;" and then, quickly "but you do
not like practical people, do you?" he
"That depends," Mildred answered,
looking brightly Into his questioning
face. "There are practical people and
earthly practical people. These latter I
Denton's face lighted up with a pe
"Whom do you call 'earthly practi
cal?" " he asked.
"Money lovers," Mildred replied, "or
those who seem to have but one object
In life money making. And for this
they subvert all their higher faculties,
misuse their talent, and die before their
time." , x
"Then the man who paints a picture
or writes a book and in doing so caters
to the public taste for the sake of mon
etary gain Is 'earthly praetlcul?' " ask
ed Denton, gathering up a handful of
He threw a pebble Into the water and
sat silent for a moment and then
"And such n man would have no place
In your esteem?" he ventured In a care
less tone, as If asking an Idle question.
"No," said Mildred pensively, "I think
" There wns a long pause. The rippling
of the water at their feet and the song
of a blue bird from a tree near by filled
up the Interval of silence.
Denton arose. "After all, I suppose
you are right," he said, with a troubled
countenance, "when I come to think of
it, I must agree with you."
"Why of course you do," Mildred an
swered, arising and looking around her.
That night Denton revised part of his
manuscript by discarding some ten or
fifteen pages and filling up the gap
with newly written matter.
It was several weeks later that he
dined with the noted publisher, Lint
ing. "The great secret of success in mod
ern novel writing," said I-lnting. as the
wine was circling, "can be summed up
In one word 'risque.' " Denton went
home, searched through the waste bas
ket, found the discarded pnges nnd
ngnln embodied them In his uuinuscr,pt.
"What will be, will be," he muttered.
As soon as the weather glow warm,
Denton posted off to the mountains and
society looked knowing when It was
learned that Miss Marlow was also
there. At the clubs In town, the gossip
was that Denton nnd Miss Mnrlow were
constantly together now sailing some
mountain peak, now taking long walks
over the picturesque roads, or sitting on
the veranda In the moonlight evenings.
He this as It may, Dcnto.i must have
worked during the summer, for when
he returntd his book wns finished and
In the hands of the publisher.
He was not long In calling upon Mil
dred. Mrs. Arnold, whom he met com
ing out of the house, told lilm to walk
back to the dining room pantry. He
stole quietly forwnrd and stood In the
doorway. Mildred was there, wearing
the daintiest little apron In the world.
Her head was turned from him, but he
could see the roses on her cheek, and
her hair shone like ebony beneath the
light. She was cutting chocolate.
"Just In time for the caramels,"
She turned quickly, and the knife fell
from her hand.
"You!" she exclnlmed, her face ra
diant nnd her eyes scintillating bright
ly. He held her hand a trifle longer
than was necessary.
"What a stately little cook you are,
10 be sure," he said, surveying her from
head to foot. She wlthdiew her hand
and stepping back a puce, began to auk
him a score of little feminine questions
how he came, how he knew she was
there, why she didn't hear him coming
nnd the like. Then she assigned him
to the task of chopping up the remain
der of the chocolate, while she busied
herself with the pots and pans.
Soon the enndy was bubbling thickly
upon the stove. Denton snt down. A
spirit of silence came over him as he
dreamily fixed hls'eyes upon Mildred.
"Did you spend a pleasant summer?"
she asked, dropping a lump of butter
Into the candy.
"Lovely," replied Denton, and Miss
Mnrlow rose before him.
"Danced every night, 1 suppose?" she
queried, slowly stirring the candy.
"Yes, Indeed every night," he repeat
ed nt random.
"And lots of pretty girls?" brightly.
"Lots of them."
She rested the spoon upon the edge of
the pan nnd glanced quickly at Den
ton. "What's come over you?" she asked.
"I don't believe you've heard a word
Denton ceased drumming on the edge
of his chair and raised his head.
"I was wondering If there was any
one on earth quite like you," he replied,
In a low voice.
The girl's dark lashes fell heavily
upon her dnmnsk cheeks. She turned
aside and resumed the stirring.
"Why?" she asked, archly.
Denton was silent for a moment, and
then, quite slowly:
"Because you're so different from all
that I've ever met; for that very rea
son I've something to tell you and
Look, the randy!" he suddenly cried.
So Intent had Mildred been upon Den
ton's conversation that she had allowed
the candy to boll over. More than that,
it was scorued and a wretched failure.
So also was the remainder of the even
ing for Denton. The Interruption hud
Jarred upon him.
He went homo soon after without
speaking the words thul were upon
Several weeks later his book appeared.
At first it made no great stir, but when
the Criterion published a severe criti
cism of the work, classing It with cer
tain French novels, and styling It a
"living picture," In an Incredibly short
time It ran Into Us tenth edition. Den
ton was taken up and borne aloft upon
the shoulders of society, so to speak.
He was wined and dined and lionized
from morning to night, until life began
to be a burden.
Hurrying along the street In the di
rection of his club one afternoon, he
saw Mildred Arnold about to enter her
As she took her seat her eyes fell
upon Denton and she motioned the
coachman to wait.
"I thought I recognized you when I
came from the house," she said, giv
ing him her hand.
"And I, too, recognized you half way
up the square," said Denton.
"Which wny do you g3?" she nsk-d,
seeing one of the horses grow restless.
"Down," said Denton, and the word
echoed strangely In his heart.
"Ah, I'm sorry you're not going In my
direction," and then, very softly, "Have
you been quite well?"
"Very well, thank you." He rested
his hand upon the carriage window and
came a little closer, but It seemed to
him that a great distance lay between
"I've been wanting to see you," ho
said, with a slight show of embarrass
ment; "there was scmethlng I started
to tell you the last time I called, but
the candy boiled over," ho explained,
smiling frankly. "This Is hardly the
place to tell you," he went on, riveting
his eyes upon the silk tassel that hung
from the carriage curtain, "but I'm go
ing away In a day or two fr several
months, and though I will see you upon
my return, I want you to know among
the first. It Is this when I come back
I'm going to be married."
She was leaning slightly forward, her
lips were pressed together and her face
was pale, but otherwise she was pas
sionless. "Then I'm sure I wish you n very,
very happy life," she replied, quite gen
tly. Denton bowed and drew back from
the carriage. She smiled down upon
him as she held out her hand. The
color had come back to her cheeks In a
great scarlet Hood, and he thought he
had never seen her look more queenly.
"Good-bye good-bye," she repented,
nnd the next moment Denton stood
It was a January evening. A sug
gestion of closed doors, closely-drawn
curtains nnd a glowing hearth perme
ated the cold, Invigorating air. Denton
buttoned his top coat and throwing
his shoulders back started at a brisk
pace down the street. He had returned
to the city the day before and was now
on his way to see Mildred Arnold. He
Btopped on the way at a florist's estab
lishment nnd selected a magnificent
Somehow the house seemed strange
bs he gained the steps. He rang the
bell nnd stood wondering how she
would receive him. What a deep light
had always glowed In her brown eyes,
heretofore, when she came to meet him.
Would It be the same now? Or was he
lost In her estimation one of the
"enrthly practical." A trim maid whom
he had never before seen opened the
"Is Miss Arnold nt home?" he asked,
removing his silk hat.
The servant looked puzzled for a mo
ment. "Oh, they've moved," she finally
eald. "That Is," she went on, uncon
cernedly, "Mrs. Arnold went south, so
the girl next door says, right after the
young Indy died."
Denton strrted back and the rose fell
from his hnnd. A thousand images of
Mildred flashed before him, and the
sound of her low voice rang In his ears.
"Here Is your rose sir," said the ser
vant. Ho took the flower. In n dazed
manner he turned and went down the
steps. It had begun to qnnvv and the
ground wns white. Slowly he wan
dered along the street, his head
strangely bent his breath coming in
great gasps. Something touched his
elbow. He turned, thinking some one
wns about to wake" hint from a dream.
The dim light from a la :ip fell upon
the pinched and plaintive fnco of a lit
tle girl, clad In tatters and Bhtverlng
with the cold.
"Please, sir, my mother's very III nnd
has nothing to eat I th-thlnk she will
Denton put his hand In his pocket and
gave the waif a roll of bills. As ho
turned away he recollected the rose he
carried. "Stop!" ho called to the child.
Then he went to her and placed tho
flower In her nrms.
"Tell your mother, child, to take this.
If she dies, to her." he said, pointing
A Daring Bicyclist.
There Is a man out west who can rldo
a bicycle down u steep nnd long ladder
and enjoy It. His name Is E. C. Terrell.
That Is to say, between the mending of
his broken bones he brags about It
nnd makes preparations to ride iigaln.
At Seattle recently this ground nnd
lofty blcycllFt m'Mle extensive prepara
tions to ride di-.vn a ladder HO feet
The top rested ngalnst the corner of
the Stratford building. The rounds of
the ladder were IV.it inches apart, and
as Mr. Terrell's wheel was only 28 Inches
In diameter, the dllllculty of his un
dertaking may be Imagined.
At the appointed hour Mr. Terrell np
peared on the root of the building with
his bicycle. He was dressed In the
regulation bicycle roBtume. nnd gazed
calmly down at the spectators from his
Suddenly he stepped forward, took
off his cap and bowed. Then mounting
his wheel, which was held In place by
two men, he fixed his feet (Irmly In the
toccllps nnd gave the word to let go.
All that the spectators saw was a
streak of wheels and two wildly gy
rating legs. The rumble of the wheels
over the rounds of the ladder sounded
like the rattling of a stick over a picket
When Terrell reached the bottom he
was going nt the rate of a scared coyote.
He ran about 200 yurds before he could
bring his wheel to a halt.
This feat of Mr. Terrell Is a remark
able one, and has probably never been
duplicated. His person benrs ample wit
ness to the fnct that It Is attended with
He bears scars on almost every por
tion of his body, the result of his dar
ing ladder riding.
Twin., im irhH lunlcen his nrms. The
top of his skull has been split open, his
ankle broken, his Jawbone crushed, his
teeth knocked out, besides sustaining
many minor Injuries of which he bus
kept no track.
A less persevering man would have
given up the dangerous sport long ngo.
On one of his rides at Ellensburg
some time ngo, Terrell broke his Jaw
bone and had several teeth knocked out
by a peculiar accident.
Half way down the lndder there was
an Iron rod bracing the sides of the lad
When the wheel struck this rod It not
only threw the rider out of his saddle,
but the spring In the Iron sent the
wheel bodily Into the nlr.
It struck the ladder fully twenty feet
further down with such force Hint It
smashed the rung nnd plunged through
A portion of the rung entered the rid
er's face Just above the chin, piercing
the Jawbone nnd badly shattering it
and knocking out three of his teeth.
Mr. Terrell has been engaged In rid
ing down stairways and Indders for
three venrs. and since October 7, 1897,
he has" made fifty-eight such rides.
He says that as each wheel sinks
nearly half way through the rungs of
the ladder, when It emerges It leaps
into tho air and comes down with a
The length of these bounds Is what
must be calculated upon. There Is a line
uncertainty in the rider's mind as to
Just where he is going to land next.
No fee Is charged for these exhibitions
and no collection is tnken up.
Mr. Terrell Is a newspaper correspond
ent and gets his living from that source.
There ure very few persons, however,
who would care to follow his footsteps.
Electric Motor In aScarf Pin.
The smallest electric motor In the
world, says the New York Herald, has
been built by D. Goodin of McKinney,
Tex., whose business as a watchmaker
has trained him to handle delicate ma
chinery with the exquisite care required
In mnking a motor that moves with all
the regularity of a big machine and
yet is so small that Its owner wears
It as a scarf pin.
The motor Is so small that It does
not cover a silver dime, and It weighs
only 9-16 of un ounce. The armature
Is about the size of a small slate pen
cil. The front of the motor Is of gold,
highly polished, and the commutator
segments are also of the same metal,
so that, viewed from a little distance,
the scarf pin has the appearance of a
very valuable and rnther curiously de
signed pin. It Is only when standing
near to Goodin when he is wearing the
scarf pin that its nature can be dis
covered. The first thing to attract the atten
tion Is the buzzing of the machine,
which, by means of a current obtained
from a small chloride of silver battery
carried In the vest pi l:et. Is kept in
operation nt a high rate of speed, and
with a noise like n small nest of hor
nets. The field magnets of the little motor
are made of two thicknesses of No. 22
sheet Iron scrnped down and polished.
These are held together with gold
screws and wound with No. 26 silk cov
ered wire. The nrninture Is of the four
pole type and Is wound with No. 36
The little brushes are of marvelous
thinness, having been constructed of
copper, hammered down with much pa
tience nnd enre. There Is a small gold
switch on a black rubber base, made
with a pin, to be worn on the lapel
of the vest.
Mr. Goodin hns found his novel scarf
pin an "open sesame" to nil places
where electricity Is the popular topic.
He has been lionized nt every electrical
exhibition held in his section of the
country, nnd the wonder and Interest
aroused by his scarf pin seem never to
grow less. He has been nsked to ex
hibit it In public, but Is content with
the homage paid to his talents In his
native town, nnd refuses to show It
Dogs In the Klondike sell at 300 to
$400 a pair. In New York the dog
catcher impounds better animals In de
fault of a $3 license. Chewing tobaco
is J5 a pound plug; all over the United
States good plug Is 30 cents. Horses
are worth $400 nt Dawson. A nice horse
can be bought for J 1 60, and a blooded
roadster with a record in the 20's for
1250, any place In the United States.
Klondike eggs are $1 each. In New
York the same class of eggs are sold
20 for 25 oonts.
PROBLEMS OF WAR.
It would eeem to he a very difficult
thing for the railroads to move a great
army at a few hours notice without
producing a congestion of passengers nt
metropolitan points. But the rnilionds
sny that under present conditions there
would be little trouble In making the
transfer. They declare that by reason
of extrnordliuuy emergencies during
the past ten or twelve years they are
equipped for almont any service that
might he demanded of them.
"At the beginning of our civil war,"
says F. E. Daggy, city passenger agent
of the Illinois Central ltallroad, "there
were few completed roads la tho west
and south, and there wns the greatest
dllllculty In moving any large body of
persons, either soldiers or excursionists.
Hence there were no gateways to differ
ent sections nnd no cars to do more than
meet the ordinary exigencies of travel.
"Hut the times nnd conditions have
changed wonderfully since then. It Is
only my personal and unolllclnl opin
ion, but 1 believe every lullroad In tliu
country today Is equipped to carry any
number of passengers In any given di
rection on n few hours' notice. In the
event of wur with Spain all the soldiers
required to be moved toward tho bouHi
would have no trouble in getting there.
Thirty-seven years ago the troops were
transported on box cars, with boards
nulled crosswise for seats. Tho roads
could cniry every one it them now In
first-class pascsngcr curs, elegantly up
holstered. "This state of things hns been brought
nbout llrst by the system of excursions
at certain seasons whereby many peo
ple are carried to and fro at a cheap
rate. To accommodate this compara
tively new phase of trafllc large num
bers of cars are required to be kept In
"Hut the second and most Importnnt
reason Is the World's nFIr at Chicago.
Nobody outside of railroad circles can
guess the vnst lirmbcr of enrs that
were especially constructed to curry
people In every direction to nnd from
Chicago during the few months of the
exposition there. Why, the Illinois Cen
tral moved nn urmy of sightseers every
day. So did the Pennsylvania Central
and other trunk lines. The facilities
are still with us for moving nn equally
large army of soldiers. Just now, nnd
for some months to come, perhaps,
there will be no excursions. Extra pas
senger enrs are In reserve on our road,
tor Instance, at Chicago, St. Louis, Mem
phis. Jackson, VIcksburg. New Orlenns
and all along the line. Unusunl travel
from any direction would bring these
enrs Into Immediate service.
"Say that troops are to be massed
quickly at Key West. The only point
In the whole country where there would
be any danger of congestion Is Jack
sonville. Fin., for In that city nil the
lines bearing troops to Key West would
necessarily be over one road, unless
ships should receive soldiers at Mobile
and New Orleans.
"It Is a mistake to suppose that the
troops would have to be piled up In
cities In order to be moved en masse In
a given direction. For Instnnce. the
men fr in Wisconsin. Minnesota anil
Northern Iowa need not go to Chicago
at all. They would converge townrd
Freeport. 111., and pnss on through to
New Orleans. Men from Kunsns, Ne
braska, Colorado and the Northwest
would not touch nt St. Louis, but pass
through Kansas City to Memphis and
straight on to New Orleans or Mobile.
In order to keep the Unfile going, how
ever, the line might separate at Kansas
City and one-half pass through St.
Louis. Michigan woul 1 hnve a straight
run to the south through either Louis
ville or Cincinnati.
"Admitting that Chicago would be a
gateway for the north, there are three
straightaway outlets toward southern
ports or to Jacksonville, Fla. Tho first
Is directly south. The second Is through
Indianapolis nnd Cincinnati nnd tho
third from Cincinnati to the southeast.
Troops from Texas and the southwest
would mnke straight for New Orleans
through Houston and Dallas. The army
from the New England stntes, New
York nnd Pennsylvania would move
down from Boston, New York nnd Phil
adelphia through Wilmington, Fortress
Monroe nnd over the Plant system to
"In fnct, as I said at the beginning,
there will be no trouble getting troops
to Key West or nny southern port In
ease, comfort nnd with must nstonlsh
lng speed. In twenty-four hours ns
many men could be landed In Key West
ub could be gathered In that territory
which is within twenty-four hours' reg
ular run from Key West."
Frederick W. Lehmann, an attorney,
"It is difficult to prophesy what the
condition of Cuba will bo In the event of
war between tho United States and
Spain. However, one of three things
must follow. The Island may be given
independence; this country mny estab
lish a protectorate over It; or It may be
annexed to the United States.
"I don't know what freedom and In
dependence would accomplish for Cuba,
for I cannot say whether or not Its peo
ple nre capable of governing them
selves. I hnve not studied their char
acter and am not acquainted with their
ability to restrain themselves.
"The character of the protectorate
which the United States might estab
lish over Cuba would be regulated en
tirely by agreement. It would cover
whatever considerations the two gov
ernments might wish to embrace In
the contract. However, the duty to pro
tect should always carry with it the
right to restrain, and America should
not attempt to support Cuba In any
manner without a. reciprocal agree
ment that this country shall be permit
ted to place such restraints upon the
government of the Island as shalll be
deemed necessary to keep It at peace
with the world.
"If Cuba Is annexed to the United
States, It enn demand to be made a
state Immediately. She has a suffi
cient population and, theoretically, that
Is the prime qualification for statehood.
Wre cannot consider the character of
the population It Is immaterial wheth
er it Is good or bad. Color and na
tionality are not barriers. When a ter
ritory has the population It bus the
right to be a state, and. If Cuba Is an
nexed, It will be contrary to all prece
dent to deny to her the high privi
lege of governing herself. She has 1,
000,000 Inhabitants and many of our
states have a much smaller population
The constitution of the United States
does not say what population a terri
tory can have before it can become a
state, and a careful study of the acts
cf congress, creating states and terri
tories, shows that the number of Inhab
itants of a new state has been a secon
In recent years the admission of
states Into the union has been prompted
by partisan considerations. This ac
counts for the fact that statehood has
been given to a small territory like
Idaho, with a population of 85,000, nnd
denied to a large one like New Mexico,
with a population of 267,000.
The estimated population of Cuba
was, in 1897, only 1,500,000. Only 22 of
our states have so many persons with
in their bounds. Cuba's population Is
much greater than that of any of the
American territories. It Is six tlmos
that of New Mexico, which has 267,000;
forty times that of Alaska, which has
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which Is 90,000; eight times that of In
dian Territory, which Is 180,000; nnd
five times Hint of the District of Co
lumbia, which Is 285,000.
"War Is precipitated," says General
John W. Turner, "not by declarations,
but by overt nets. Not that there Is
Kolug to be any wur-O dear me, not"
The general looked up from his desk
In his ofllcu In the Laclede building. His
kindly face wore nn expression of shock
at thu very Idea of hostilities. Nobody
would have dreamed at that moment
thnt hew as a brave soldier and nut a
"Hut," nnd his eyes sparkled, "If thcro
should be war, all previous theories of
how It will be started aro liable to bo
displaced by facts.
"Now In 1846 General Taylor went
down to the Sabine river with his sol
dlcrs. War had not been declared. Ills
mission .va h apparently to guard thu
border. He marched Into tho terri
tory claimed by the United States, und
when hit hnd passed the ltlo Grande ho
met with armed resistance and the bat
tle of Palo Alto resulted. Thus war be
gan without nny one declaring It. Aft
erwards congress formally recognized
the existence of hostilities.
"War nowadays would come In tho
same way, by some net of war, either
premeditated or forced by one country
or the other. When the conlllct Is well
on, the president may send a message
to congress, after all acts of diplomacy
have failed, and It then rests with con
gress to recognize Hint u slate of war
"Just who would command the army
depends upon whether congress desired
to Interfere In the selection. If It did
not, Gcnerul Nelson A. Miles ns the
ranking olllccr would have command
of the Held, directed by the president
as commander-in-chief, through the
secretary of war. Hut congress has the
power to create the olllce of lleutennnt
general and turn tho whole army over
to the command of a civilian,
"The coast defenses would be first
manned, and the standing urmy pushed
forward to conduct the opening cam
paign, The mobilization of the urmy of
volunteers would follow, and the troops
sent to Galveston, Pctisncolu, Tampa
Hay and the ports or the south, where
they could be gathered by ships.
"This, however, Is merely theory.
The massing of troops Is done by order
of the president, nnd the natute of that
order would necessarily depend on the
purpose to be nccompllshed."
John V. Johnston, an old nnvnl offi
cer, has lived In St. Louis since the
civil war, nnd knows much of both sen
and river lighting. He entered the navy
In 1S38, served until utter the Mexican
wnr nnd then resigned. During thu
civil war he commanded a gunboat,
and since then has kept up with naval
"In the navy there 'b no officer em
powered to extend authority farther
than the squadron over which he has
control. If there should be wnr with
Spain the North Atlantic squadron
would bo commanded by either Admiral
Klrkland or Admiral Slcard. The last
record of Klrkland shows that he was
at Mare Island, nnd he Is the mnking
officer of the navy. Slcard Is next. But
the president, through the secretary of
the navy, might Ignore the selgnlorlty
of commissions and deslgnnte un ofllcer
of lownre rank to command the squad
ron. "Wnr Is not so enslly precipitated at
Bea as It Is on land, but overt nets can
readily be committed, Suppose several
of our ships are sent to Havana. A
riot ensues. Our vessels are nppenled
to for protection to tho Amerlcnns liv
ing In thu city. The Spanlnrds, In soma
mad moment, fire n gun nt our ships.
We respond In kind. The cannon from
the forts answer. We shell the city.
There you hnve war, without a declara
tion of hostilities. Hut even even then
It Is not too lnte for the Intervention of
dlplomncy. If thnt falls, then the pres
ident will notify congress, which may
recognize the situation by a formal
declaration. Then the Atlantic squad
ron will move towards the east and
the Asiatic squadron descend upon tho
Swallowed a Mouse.
I have Bwallowed a live mouse whole.
From that text I feel ns though I
could preach a powerful sermon, point
ing to this moral; Do not sleep with
your mouth open
went through. You may rend with the
I shall tell the fearful experience I
how It feels to swallow a mouse alive.
On a recent Thursday night I retired
as usual, about midnight.
Often when the light wns out I had
heard a mouse gnawing nnd squeaking
about the room. On this particular oc
caslon, however, I henid no such sound
The fact Is I awoke with a start, fee
lng a slight choking sensation about
my throat. Without rising I rubbed my
throat sleeplnly. As I became gradually
awake the stifling sensation became
more pronounced, and I sat up and tried
It was then that the muycles tight
ened and I felt pain. My throat was
entirely stopped up and I could scarcely
breathe. I tried to swallow again, and
the obstruction slipped downward a lit
tle. Then I was pnralyzed to hear a
squeak come from Inside of me. In
Btnntly I recognized the sound.
It was the little mouse that was wont
to play about my room. He had crawl
ed into my thront on some errand of
exploration while I Blept.
1 didn't know what to do. I realized
I must do something, and do It quick
ly, so I grasped at my neck and so tried
to clutch the beaBt and keep It from
dipping down any further. I knew the
further down It got the harder It would
be to get It out.
But I clutched in vain, for the mouse
wriggled and kicked frightfully.
I wns really so frantic nt this Juncture
that I don't know very well what I did
do, when he flnnlly crawled beyond my
My sensations were simply Indescrib
able. My head swam and ached. I
think I reeled about the room. My
senses were nil benumbed. I felt a terri
ble, sickening pain all over me.
I could feel the tiny demon clawing
away In vain effort to get back to my
mouth. At that time, though, It seemed
to me it wns trying to gouge a great
hole through my Inside. Finally I had
sense enough to go Into tho next room.
I could scarely make a sound. At first
my neighbor did not understand, but
when he did I wns sent flying to the
doctor. He treated the matter with
provoking good humor, nnd dosed me
The mouse had reached my stomach
by that time; at least the doctor seem
ed to think so, because It had quit
cawing and was comparatively quiet,
Only a trail of fire and pain remained
where It had clawed Its dreadful way
down my throat. There was nothing
more for the doctor to do, and he started
me back home. I hadn't gone more
than a hundred yards when the uni
verse began to turn over again, and I
discovered that the quarts of emetics
I had swallowed had got In their work.
There lay that dreadful mouse before
me In all his drowned misery.
Now, I'm all right, except for a sore
throat. But I Bleep with my mouth
Can there bo more than one llattl
Ely? Might as well ask If there were
two CleopatraB or a multitude of Hel
ena of Troy, says the Philadelphia
Times. Yet If the stories that have
Hooded the narrator since we have had
two talks about the Philadelphia clrl
who set all Kurone aflame, who Induced
the uncle of the Kusslan czar to steal
the crown Jewels and led to the down
fall of nn American minister to tho
court of St. Petersburg are all true.
Huttle Ely Is a multitudinous person.
Yesterday wo listened to a schoolgirl
friend, who told ub that Hattle had
never married a man named Black
ford, but hud been connubially united,
to a railroad conductor named Black
mail. Today there arc a acore of writ
ten assertions thnt we were right in our
original statement thnt her first hus
band's name wns Blackford and that
Is probably right but wo are further
Informed that her first name was Liz
zie, although to some of the old-tlm
bucks of Philadelphia the name Hattler
will come bnck with sharper and fonder
recollcctlons. She was such a re
markable adventuress that her career
appears to excite considerable Interest.,
and therefore another story of her life
from one who claims to have known,
her well may not prove amiss. It Is
from one who calls her Lizzie, and for
the ensuing nnd nddltlonul story of her
ratanlo career he Is responsible. It
runs nbout this wny:
Her maiden name was Lizzie Ely, and
she wns the daughter of a prominent
clergymun of the Presbyterian church,
and one of the company of northerners
who, many years ugo, migrated to Mis
souri. He there founded Marlon col
lege, nbout which was subsequently
built a very thriving and prosperous
town. When Miss Lizzie had attained
the age of 15 she was sent by her pa
rents to n boarding school In West Vir
ginia, where alio remained quietly for
about one year. She was there con
sidered a remarkably Intelligent crea
ture, possessing a slight and delicately
molded figure, but at the name timer
superb health, while her disposition,
tastes and general accomplishment
gained for her favor and admiration.
In the routine duties attendant upon
her educational culture she displayed
remarkable talent, acquiring as If by
Intuition what to all others came only
after the severest application nnd
loll. Her literary compositions were
models of originality and skill,
nnd In a word her proficiency gained her
the highest grade upon the roll. It wns
here thnt Bhe first displayed those mar
velous faculties which afterward dis
tinguished her nnd which proved them
selves to be sufllclcntly subtle to lead
astray the Grand Duke Nicholas. It was
here, also, that she took the llrst Btep In
her bold, adventurous career, that In a
moment divorced her from her parents.
While nt the above named school she
formed the ncqunlntnnce of a youmj
man named Blackford, nnd resorted to
the most strategic measures In order to
enjoy his society. The affair came under
the notice of the head of the school, andl
extraordinary means were taken to keep
them from meeting. It Is stated that u.
quarrel ensued between Miss Lizzie and.
her preceptress, at the climax of which
the young girl dashed from the room,
vacated the premises and met her lover
a short distance beyond. But the honey
moon had barely passed when the two
discovered that they had made a mis
take. Quurrela were frequent, and sub
sequently, when a separation was im
minent, Blackford was found one fine
morning In his bed, cold and dead.
Tim crent curse of this woman's life
"again our new Informant Is talking ir
the statements mauu oy an who kiicw
her nre worthy of credence, was her con
stant nnd habitual dissipation, and yet
neither domestic trial nor Indulgence
upon her part seemed to affect her
graceful figure or mar the attractions oC
her face. The young widow, "Lizzlu
(Blackford," was known everywhere,
nnd everywhere was she courK2 by cer
tain beaux of society. Young, gay, ac
complished, the mask she wore for a
long, long time, was taken for her true
face, and the dangerous and wicked ele
ments of her character were completely
veiled nnd obscured by the pure, tendei
and Innocent light of her countenance.
There was a certain well-connected
young gentleman who met and "lovedV
at first sight." At last he proposed to
her, and wns accepted. Before the day
appointed for the marriage arrived,
however, nn ugly rumor reached hla
ears, and he refused, accordingly, to ful
fill his obligations. The woman, deter
mined not to be baflled, promptly Insti
tuted a suit against htm for breach ot
promise. A compromise was proposed,
and she resigned the case upon condi
tion or the payment of a large sum oC
money. A short time after this a bad
rumor was set afloat concerning;
her and a prominent lawyer,
and the wife of this gentleman
happened upon one occasion to
find her husband In the woman's com
pany, assaulted Lizzie Blackford and
knocked her parasol across her face.
She maintained against several men sr.
regular system of blackmail, and ex
torted from one well-known individual
the sum of JS0.0O0. Suddenly she left
Philadelphia and proceeded to New
York. So great was her fascinating In
fluence, and so marvellously well did!
Bhe play her part, that she became en
gaged to a young man, and, report says,
married him. At all events, she dropped
at this time the name ot Lizzie Black
ford and called herself Mrs. Lizzie:
Phoenix. The next heard of her was
that she had sailed for Paris. In com
pany with a member of one of the best
known families In New York. She fig
ured also In other European capitals,
and at last made away with $175,000
worth of royal diamonds.
An old copy of the Paris Gaulols of
June, 1874. printed at the time of the?
mother and the expulsion of the Phila
delphia girl from Ruslan territory, con
tains an Interview with the young wom
andescribed as "Miss Feenlx Black
ford" In the Grand hotel. Paris, and
reading as follows:
"She is slight and graceful In stature,
like a person of good family: not pretty,
but attractive. Unfortunately her teeth.
have not the luster of the pearls In her
casket. In conversation Bhe calls the
Grand Duchess Constantine 'my mother-in-law."
She declares that the only
jewels abstracted by the grand duke
was a decoration of diamonds and em
eralds which adorned the breast of one
of those portraits of St. Nicholas which
wealthy families In Bussla cover with
gems. It was taken by an ald-de-camp
of his highness to the Mont-de-Pete,
which obliged him to break It up before
lending 2,700 roubles on It. That oc
curred a few days before the departure
of the colonel for the Khiva expedition.
The unfortunate officer was thrown Into
prison, and then only were the police
convinced that the frequent robberies
at the Marble palace had been com-
Jmltted by the Grand Duke Nicholas.
"And were you arrested 7" I asked.
" 'Yes. and passed a week in the pal
ace of Count Tropoff, minister of police,"
"With the diamonds?'
" 'Oh, no; the grand duke warned met
on the previous evening, and I had de
posited my papers and Jewels at the
American legation, where the police
were able to convince themselves tl at
none of them had belonged to my mother-in-law.'
"Miss Feenlx declared that everything:
was restored to her when she waa coa
oucted to the frontier."
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