Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, December 28, 1902, Image 23

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    w IJVlrwl o iuhi wuiu la eyuneu
J j I nowadays largely by help of
wood, cunning work in gold and
silver and topper and Iron, In
miracles of the dyer's art and the weavers
skill; Bomewhat also by help of sunlit
airy spaces, for unhindered sunshine within
city gates Is golden In more sense than
one. Where every extra foot of site space
stands for many good hard dollars, even
multi-millionaires may well think twice
over the securing of elbow room, let alone
ample prospects.
Notwithstanding, a good few of them se
cure such prospects. In proof one has but
to walk leisurely through the ultra fash
ionable precincts of New York. Even the
crush and severe line of Fifth avenue,
especially In its upper reaches, are now
and then broken by wholesome fripperies
of green open spaces, jealously walled and
sparingly planted. Hut it is on Riverside
Drive and its scattered relatives that one
sees th'jm at their highest, as one Bees
also at the highest the reward and usu
fruct of diligence combined with pure luck.
Fancy a house standing upon a boldly
swelling corner where a crossway makes
Into the drive proper. It is tall, it is wide,
It is big everywhere, but so fine in line and
proportion It takes study to realize the
mass of It. Strong but light and beautifully
wrought Iron grill work guards tho open
space round about, where the turf is truly
velvet in spite of covering a ramp sharp
enough to provoke drouth.
Broad, easy marble Bteps go up the ramp,
leading to a pillared entrance. Behind the
pillars one catches the gleaming of bronze
doors cunningly wrought. They open upon
a great hall, floored with the costliest
mosaic and set round about with genuine
antique columns. The big fireplace has a
mantle, also antique, plundered from a
ruined palace across the sea. The great
stairway came from another palace, but
somehow the architect has managed it so
the two shall not mournfully war with
each other. Perhaps they dare not quar
rel In presence of the rugs which lie be
tween. Some of the rugs are 300 years
old and simply priceless: eastern fabrics
without a duplicate anywhere In the world.
They set the pace In furnishing--all else
Is in keeping.
Each of the five occupants of the house
has a separate special suite bath, bed
chamber, sitting room, dressing room and
snuggery, for playing at work, or working
at special play. Some of the baths have
tubs with silver gilt fittings, others have
marble pools big enough to swin In, with
marble divans running round the edges
of the room. There social bathers can lie
at ease, smoking, gossiping, drinking black
coffee, after they have done with the
plunge and the needle spray and tho
skilled kneading of the masseur. The
dressing rooms are all in silver, eilver gilt
and rare odorous woods, each so treated
as to bring out every detail of its natural
beauty. Cedar, camphor, sandal each and
all are preservative. Toe clothes presses
have drawers of camphor wood, and the
closets are supplied with electric lights
automatically turned on by the opening of
a door.
There is also, of course, a library, a
dining room, a breakfast room, a drawing
room and a cosy parlor, but no ball room,
for the master of all this U evangelistic
ally austere. Still, austerity does not for
bid a billiard room nor a music room,
richly harmonious, whose frescoed ceiling
alone represents a tidy fortune. Every
manner of musical instrument sanctioned by
classic taste harbors there, along with the
objects of art, pictures, bronzes, engraved
gems and antique gold plate, whose cost
would endow a hospital. There Is a small
conservatory whose flowers appear shame
faced as though they felt themselves some
fc.NERAL DEWET, in his recently
published book, tells this story
W , A or an attempted transaction on
tjyi the battlefield at Nicholson's
."Nek during the heavy firing: A
man who had been a merchant before tho
war came up to a burgher who was lying
behind a Btone, on a piece of ground where
bowlders were scarce. "Sell me that stone
fjr half a crown," whined the man.
"Loop!" the Boer cried, "I want it my
self." "I will give you 15 shillings," in
sisted the other man. But there was no
Last July Congressman Williams of Mis
sissippi, "the poet of the Yazoo," was a
guest at Congressman Sibley's summer
home on the banks of Lake Champlain.
The other day he said to Sibley: "Joe, I'm
writing a poem about that "place of yours.
It's abcut a young couple sitting on the
fence of that fine park and making love
In the gloaming." "un. that won t do."
protested the I'ennsylvanian. "Why not?
Don't the young men and women of north
ern New York make love?" "Of course
thty do, John, but It s a barb-wire fence."
In his biography of Alexander Dumas
Harry A. Snurr says that the improvident
French author, who hated avarice, was
once waiting in line for his cloak at a
soiree, when he saw a millionaire give a
tip of 10 cents to the servant who handed
out his paletot. Dumas, getting his cloak,
threw down a tM note. "Pardon, sir, you
have made a mistake. I think," said the
Luxury's Last Work on Man's Dwelling Place
what put out of court by the bronze and
Jewel glass enclosing them.
The building U about an open court,
glass roofed In winter. It has, besides the
great stairway, back stairs and two electric
elevators one for the master, one for tho
servants. In tho basement there Is a
complete electric plant for lighting, laun
dry work, some special cooking and the
recharging of automobile batteries. There
is also an automobile room, big enough
to hold a dozen machines. It Is below
street level and tho gay-colored monsters
ride up and down upon a special lift all
their own.
The big kitchen, which matches and bal
ances in a way, tho electric plant, has a
cnld-Btorngo chamber attached, and Is
floored with tile, walled with vitrified brick
and furnished throughout In black real
English cuk. All the cooking vessels are
of brass, copper, silver or vitrified china.
To make use of them there are a chef
(whose salary approaches that of a diplo
mat), two masculine under cooks one es
pecially for bread and pastry a woman
vegetable cook, a kitchen housekeeper and
a brace of scullery maids. Altogether the
number of servants Is between thirty and
forty, without counting the companion, two
private secretaries and the almoner, who
dispenses charity and investigates such ap
peals for aid asare not upon the surface
fraudulent. The electric engineer lives
outside, although his helper is reckoned
among the household staff.
Truly up-tu-nate housekeeping apart
ments offer all tho discomforts of a homo,
along with the splendors of a hotel. Inci
dentally, there are also many comforts.
One can have apartments of two stories.
There is an imposing entrance. Light and
air are in bewildering plenty. Some big
houses are built around a great central
court with four passenger elevators, one in
each court corner. Others are in shape
somewhat of a letter H; still others ap
proximate the Maltese cross. No trades
man's wagon may stop the way for my
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Episodes and Incidents in the Lives of Noted People
man, offering to return the note. "No,
friend," answered Dumas, casting a dis
dainful glance at the millionaire; "It is
the other gentleman who has made tho
Mark Twain is said to be pondering on
Just how far a humorist's duty to his fellow
men extends. This unusual hut of medita
tion has been suggested by receipt of the
following letter from Baltimore: "Mark
Twain, New York: Some people think you
are Immortal, but if you really ever do
intend to die it is certainly your duty to
go to h . Funny men are needed there,
but they are very small potatoes up In
heaven. You have always preached phil
anthropy and now yon have the chance of
a lifetime to demonstrate your consist
ency." Mr. Clemens acknowledge that
this letter is "full of suggestion," but he
more than Intimates that the writer must
have been full of something more substan
tial when he Indited it.
When President MeKlnley was consider
ing the appointment of a successor to John
Russell Young as librarian to congress, ex
Representative Barrows of Massachusetts
was a candidate for the place. John D.
Long was his most persistent champion,
and Mr. Reed Inquired of a friend the rea
son of Mr. Long's insistence. "I suppose,"
was the reply, "that It is due to the secre
tary's interest in things pertaining to the
Cnltarian church. You know Mr. Barrows
Is a Unitarian minister?" "You don't say
lady's carriage, for there are separate drive
ways for such vehicles, and clean out of
sight. .
Tho ground plan of one of these big costly
apartments is as Intricate as that of a coun
try house. There are foyer halls, passage
ways, arches and aleoveB, bay window con
lervatorles, floors of hardwood or mosaic,
mail chutes, telephones, hot and cold water,
hot and cold air, gas and electric ranges;
two to three bath rooms, with separate
servants' toilets and elevators; a blessed
plenty of closets for every conceivable
need; open fireplaces, brave In tllework and
brasses; mirrors wherever they should be.
and occasionally where they should not, and
walls hung with whatever stuff the fancy of
the occupant may demand. Nearly always
the windows supply enchanting outlooks.
Rents rise with the floors. The higher
one goes, the more one pays. Tho con
struction is supposed to be fireproof, a fact
that Is largely considered in the rents.
Some few of the houses have automobile
rooms In the basement and charge butter
ies from the surplus of their electric plants
when lights are not requited. Nearly all
havo perfectly eqtili peil laundries independ
ent of the tubs iu each kitchen. Store
rooms are, of course, provided. But guest
apartments are rather new. These are
suites set apart to be rented in single rooms
to tenants hospitably inclined, but who lack
space for guests. Servants' quarters out
side of and apart from tho main manege
recommend themselves as an Innovation
equally desirable. So do the sun parlors
which crown some of the roofs. These fur
nish excellent play places for little folks
and old folks in stormy weather.
Everywhere there is a laudable attempt
to let in the light and make the most of It.
In tho upper streets and avenues of New
York, which are almost solidly apartment
built, one sees nearly every imaginable de
vice for ventilation aud brightness. The
days of the air-shaft are plainly numbered.
Even In tenement construction there Is a
chance that tho central court may oust It.
fo?" responded Reed. "Why. I thought
Burrows was a religious man." The ab
surd humor of this remark Is heightened
by the fact that while Mr. Heed was not a
member of any church, he and his family
attended the Portland (Me.) Unitarlau
church and helped support it.
By way of illustrating one of the differ
ences between Lords Roberts and Kitch
ener they are telling this story In Lon
don: Just before "Bobs" left Cap -town
he assigned an officer to a particular duty
and asked how soon It could be done. The
colonel said In about a fortnight. Iord
Roberts said pleasantly: "I know you will
do the best you can." Later the colon. I
told Kitchener about the matter. "Now,
colonel," said the new commander, "If you
can't do it in a week we shall have to see
about sending you home." The Job was
done in the time set by Kitchener.
If large ears are Indicative of honesty,
then the possessor of the greatest amount
')f that noble virtue in Mas.suchusi tts Is
Governor Crane. When an ambitious poli
tician learned that there was a vacancy in
the capitol he saw, in imagination, those
ears. They were a token of honest dealing
in political reward. He mentioned the va
cancy and the ears to a friend and received
the encouragement "that those ears are
too big not to lend ttfcmsclvcs to an ap
peal from an honest man." Some weeks
later the acquaintance elicited an expla
nation from the disappointed office seeker.
But it is a far cry from tenements to the
costly piles where rents tor a single suite
vary from $;t,000 to a year.
Till Is tho merest outline of a few
salient points. The house, with Its fur
nishings, represents an investment a little
beyond $:t,tm0.ono. That Is far less won
derful than that it is hardly exceptional.
It Is merely a conspicuous type among the
palaces built for the modern captains, of
industry. There are liner one and very
much costlier, where the owners aro con
noisseurs, with a weakness for collecting
objects of fabulous cost. These gentlemen
collectors often store within a single room
art riches surpassing a king's ransom.
l'ossibly the owner of millions prefers
to display them mainly in a great country
iwtute. Then for the scant city sojourns
be wants only what the French happily call
a foot of earth, a place where he can rest
and poise himself between flights. It mint
be luxurious, of course, even In camps
and lodger, so-called, there Is a palpald"
trail of gold dust over everything, lie has
choiie between several excellent things,
all warranted costly enough, yet not entail
ing too great burdens, lie may establish
himself at one of tho great hostelries, built,
fays an irreverent wit, "to provide ex
(iuslveness for the masses." Or ho may
set up his foot of earth in an apartment
hotel; or. If he Is willing to go to the level
of mere millionaires, he may live under his
own vino and fig tree, In a cosy apartment,
renting for anything between $3,000 and
It Is the big hotel which most often
catches the cream of the gilded cream.
Life goes tripping there, with a holiday
aspect, to the liveliest piping. The very
spectacle Is inspiring and belter than half
those the play houses offer. That Is, to a
mind wholly material and seeking surcease
from vacuity, with no sort of mental or
emotional strain intermixed. If tho n
dweller is newly rich and yearns to be
known and noted, he has but (o inuke
himself severely exclusive in order to be
come the center of interest. Ho may rent
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"I thought the governor was an honest
man," he said disgustedly, "but he's too
honest for me. The governor admitted
that he had retired a clerk, but there wus
no vacancy. He had divided tho work
among the other clerks, and thus exacted
from tbein a good day's labor."
Major Charles Dick, who Intends to bo
tho next republican candidate for governor
of Ohio, says he got a lesson when trying
his first law case which has kept him hum
Mo ever since. Ho was a student In a law
office and was getting nothing for his
lime exet pt opportunity to associate with
lawyers. His first case was In a petty
court and he Indulged in some skyrocket
oratory. After the trial an old man who
had known him all his life said: "Charlie,
be you tnakin' much at the law business?"
"No, I am not getting anything, being only
a student." "Well," said the old man.
"strikes rue ye're gittln' purty well paid,
Congressman Hepburn was very busy at
his desk In the louse one morning when a
page announced: "A gentleman In the
lobby to see you. sir." "Tell him I'm not
in my seat," said Hepburn after looking at
the card. The b:y, a st urdy-looking c'mp,
did not move. "But you are in your seat,
sir," he answered in matter-of-fact tones,
"and I can t say you are not." The Iowa
man looked at the lad angrily, but seeing
that be was in earnest moved into the va
cant chair of his neighbor. "Now tell him
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the state apartments; the cost Is but a
paltry thousand n week, and several gen
tlemen have tried to take them upon yearly
lease. That will set all the folk who know
of it to staring and talking whenever ho
ventures forth, so that all In a breath the
slate apartment's occupant finds himself a
celebrity. He can Increase the celebrity
by having his meals served In private
and If he wishes to approach a seml-sen-satiiual
climax there must be a man lu
the corridor keeping a weather eye upon
all who approach the door. l'rlvney of
th's severe and unbending doscript Ion
brings a reward of publicity truly grateful
to aspiring climbers.
A royal atmosphere and a truly royal
disregard of cost mark and dignify stale
apart merits. There are, perhaps, ten rooiiM
in them -music room, parlor, breakfast and
dining rooms, reception cuhintt, private
secretary's den, chamber, dressing room,
and a bath fit for a Roman emperor. All
the woodwork Is solid mahogany, the lloors
are deadened, the walls hung with brocade
at $10 the yard, or priceless, genuine, an
tique tapestry; or paneled lu rich woods
ami overlaid with marvels of the potter's
skilf. The big bed stands upon a dais, out
of deference, possibly, to u royal shade, for
It belonged originally to r famous king.
The rugs came straight from l'erla, ami
more than bulf the furniture is costly an
tique stuff. The other moiety Is nil hand
made and beautifully wrought. Each room
has a separate color note, but all melt In
sensibly Into an Indescribably harmonious
whole. Here Is something beyond the glare,
ami gilding, tho flambuoynnt frescoes, onyx
and brasses, and mosaic, so plentiful else
where In tho great structure. Tuste und
genius, severely refined, wrought hero for
the perfecting of all things. It is not
strange that somo few occupants find them
selves out of harmony with their surround
ings, bored, and In a degree envious of thn
folk who havo lighter and gayer, If lc
dlsl iuguished, quarters. These ininglo with
the throng In palm room and smoking room,
mount with the awed sightseers to tho
dizzy heights of sun parlors up In the fif
teenth story, and take afternoon tea in
the palm room aud the corridors where tin
drees parade warms tho hearts' cockles o'
f"iiilnlno onlookers, while men play softly
on stringed Instruments as tho tou drinking
mill gossip go forward. y
The apartment hotel is very unlike all
this. It is no more thun an ordinary hand
some apartment, with exemption from
housekeeping cares. Materially, It is less
gorgeous than the big hotel, yet more ornate
than the average apartment house. In It
one can be truly a private person If one
chooses. One can also dine In public with
almost the same show of damask, glitter of
silver and glow of (lowers Inevitable on the
dinner tables of the bigger places. There
are great ball rooms, foyers and roof garden
dining halls. The buildings are light and
airy throughout, well built, but each bears
In some subtle fashion the earmark of Its
construction era. Change Is the apartment
hotel's law of being. What was the helghth
of fashion five years buck Is distinctly out
of architectural fashion In this present year
of gruce.
One can rent here apartments complete to
the tlnest detail, or wholly empty, or only
partly furnished, so as to leave room for
one's special litres and l'enates. The ten
ant has little to do beyond paying the rent.
Light, beat, service, meals, all are looked
out for by the management. It Is au easy
life, and so easy that it often ends by be
coming strenuous. Variety Is Impossible lu
the menu, or rather that sort of variety
which satisfies palates strongly individual.
So In the main it is a life suited only to
very lazy, or very busy, people. There must
be a great plenty of such folk, for apart
ment hotels continue to multiply and flourish.
I'm not In my seat."
boy briskly and went
"Yes, sir," said the
to deliver tho mes-
The Critic publishes a skit purporting to
reproduce a conversation between Andrew
Carnegie rod King Kdward. The former
confides his "rule of life" to the monarch
in the following words: "It may bo
summed up In the phrase, 'When In doubt
found a library.' I find the rule admirable
and most restful. If I receive a begging
lettir and don't know how to reply to it I
found a library and when that is over the
solution is simple. If I miss a train I found
a library. If dinner Is late I found u li
brary. The other night I couldn't slei p.
1 got up and founded three libraries. On
wet days when 1 can't play golf it's some
thing fearful tin- number of libraries I
The crown prince of Siam seems to be a
si rt of financial agent for his government
and an advance agent for his royal father,
who, it is sahl, is to visit us this year.
The prince bus been sounding neverul New
York capitalists with a view of interesting
them in the development of his country.
While being shown through Columbia uni
versity the other day the prince had his
attention called to the chair of Chinese
literature and history. "That is good,"
said the royal tourist, "ami where is that
c.f Slam?" The professor who had him in
low diplomatically replied that us yet onlv
a beginning bad been made in the oriental