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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 29, 1905)
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iHE BurcPnnful tiovcllst Brldom finds his olnt
TI In real life. Charlrs Krade had only a busla
I f fancy for his famous story, " Foul I'lay."
I while Wllkle Collins drew the material for that
bent of all English detective stories, " The
Moonstone," from hla own fertile Imagination
and not from Incidents In real life that cam
within his own personal notice.
If Charles Reade and Wllkle Collins were alive today
they might collaborate upon a story In real life thut would
combine the plots of "Foul Play" and "The Moonstone."
They would find the characters right In London, for Harold
iJoane of 80 Maiden Court lane Is about to marry Miss Mar
garet Uarnaton, and both have actually lived the plots of
, both " Foul Play " and " The Moonstone." They were lovers
and became separated by a crime of which Harold Doane
was suspected. Doane flod to New Zealand to begin life
anew, while Margaret Harnmon accompanied her parents to
Melbourne, Australia. By the merest chance they found
themselves on board the same vessel returning to England.
The vessel was shipwrecked and Harold Doane, with Mar
garet Barnes, a stewardess, and three sailors, was saved
In an open boat and ultimately landed upon a small Mand
In the raclflc. but not until two of the sailors, crazed by
thirst, had leaped overboard and drowned. The third sailor
died Just after they were landed, and the stewardess, too,
became insane, wandered away, and was dead when found,
leaving Harold Doane and Margaret Barnston alone on the
Inland. It was by Doane'a resourcefulness that he was en
abled to communicate with a passing ship and ultimately
bring about their rescue. Margaret Barnstnn returned to
London and went to work on a theory of her own to clear
away the evidence which made Harold Doane a suspected
criminal, phe succeeded, and they were married.
Startling Resemblance to Novel.
They actually lived out the plot not only of "Foul Play"
but of "TM Moonstone." The Incidents In their lives and
their misfortunes were startllngly like the Incidents of the
two novels named- Charles Reade might have written " Foul
Play k' and Wllkle Collins " The Moonstone " and found the
plots In their story. Or the two great novels might have
been combined. But ChBrles Reade and Wllkle Collins were
at rest In their graves long before Harold Doane and Mar
garet Barnston even left England, only to be shipwrecked
Harold Doane Is the second son of Sir John Wilkes
Doane of Efnnghamshlre, England. He was educated at
Eton and was finishing his college career at Oxford when
the Incidents occurred which compelled him to leave Eng
land. Margaret Barnston was the daughter of the Rev.
George Barnston, rector of St. Andrew s Episcopal church
1 l Three years ago Harold Doane met Margaret Barnston
while at home for his summer vacation. She was a tall, ath
letic girl, fond of tennis, golf, and boating. Harold waa an
adept at all these sports, and their mornings and after
noons usually were spent together, either on the golf course
or on the river.
One week they were both the guests at a house party
given at the country home of Andrew Makeworthy, a Lon
don merchant who had made a fortune In horseradish, or
something like that. Makeworthy had traveled In the east
an4 had a collection of oriental wares, jewels, carvings,
weapons, and embroideries of which he was Inordinately
proud. Hla most priceless treasures were two large fire
opals which, he explained, had onca served a eyes to
hideous little squaw goddess.
That night the opals were stolen. When the loss was
discovered the next morning the house was locked by the
Insistence of the guests themselves and every one's room
and belongings were searched. The opals were not to be
It was noticed that although Margaret Barnston and
Ifarold Doane had been constant companions up to the
evening the opals were stolen, that as soon as their loss
had been discovered she refused to have anything more to
do with him. She scarcely treated him with courteey.
The opals were never found, and without any open ac
cusation suspicion fell upon Harold Doane. He was known
to be In debt and to have mingled with un'deslrable com
panions while at Oxford. And yet old George Makeworthy
could not say openly that he believed that Harold Doane had
stolen the opals.
Fled to Escape Suspicion,
Young Doane, knowing he waa suspected, and unable to
prove his Innocence, left college and went to New Zealand,
his father bitterly reproaching Mm for bringing even a
shadow upon the family name. From New Zealand Doane
Anally went to Melbourne almost an outcast.
According to the story of "Foul Play" Doane should
have been sent to Australia as a convict and found employ
ment with the father of Margaret Barnston. But Australia
is not a penal settlement now as It was when Charles
Reade wrte his famous novel.
However, Harold Doane did meet Margaret Barnston In
Melbourne. But for a reason that he could never under
stand she refused to see him or to speak to him.
In " Foul Play " Margaret Barnston would have been
sent to England for her health, while Harold Doane, a con
vict, would have taken passage on the same ship to protect
her from a plot to sink the ship a plot designed by her
lover, the son of Andrew Makeworthy. In this respect,
however, the story dlgressei a little from " Foul play."
It was true that Margaret Barnston was sent to England
In a sailing ship in order that her health might have the
benefits of a long sea voyage. But llarold Doane did not
go along as her unknown protector. As a matter of fact,
Doane knew of no plot to sink the ship there was no plot
In this case. But Doane, discouraged In his efforts to find
fortune In Australia, hud engaged to work his passage home
ward on the vessel as a sailor before the mast. It was this
circumstance that placed Margaret Barnston on the same
ship for England; but she did not know he was on board.
Eight (tays after the ship left Melbourne
It encountered a hurricane which sent It In
three days 300 miles off Its course. Before
the gale subsided the veeael sprung a leak,
and eventually the crew, with the few pas
sengers, were compelled to take to the boats.
It was only chance that placed Margaret
Barnston and Harold Doane n the iam
boat. With them was a stewardess and
The party were In the open beat Ave days
and nights before they sighted the island
upon which they finally found refuge. In
the meantime two of the sailors, erased with
thirst, had leaped to death in the waves.
The third sailor died two days after they
reached the Island, and the stewardess a
week later, leaving Harold Doane and Mar
garet Barnston the only Inhabitants of the
Slupwrecltet! on. an y
1 uninnaLiled island
I trie iwo survivora seni J '
Bo far the story followed the lines of "Foul Play"
closely, unit It continued to do so as long as the two were
nn the Island together. Doane provided a shelter for the
Kirl and another for himself in a different part of the iBland.
He caught fish, snared turtles, and such edible birds as he
could find on the Inland. lie devised many things for her
At first Margaret Barnston tried to treat her former
lover coldly; but by degrees his thoughtfulness and his un
tiring energy In working p make her comfortable and his
constant good nature made tli:r impression, and she talked
to him more freely.
The day came when she could speak of their fqrmer
friendship In Efflnghamshlre, of the days they had spent to
gether, and Anally of the house party where the opals were
so mysteriously stolen from old Andrew Makeworthy's cab
inet of oriental curios.
" Why did you treat me so coldly the next dayf ' de
manded Harold Doane of her.
I had the best of reasons," she replied.
Was It the act of friendship to turn away from me
after unjust suspicion had began to point toward met" he
asked" and when only the evening before you had told me
you loved me and would1 marry me when I had finished
" It wasn't suspicion nn my part," the girl answered
sharply. "If It hud only been suspicion X would have stood
by you; but I saw you steal the opals!"
Accused Him of Mysterious. Visit.
Right hure Is where the plot of " The Moonstone " enters
Into the story; and from this time forward the fancies of
Charles Rtudu and Wilklu Collins run together In this
modern day romance of real life.
Margaret Burnston Insisted that on. the night of the
theft of the opals she saw Huruld Doane pass her door with
a candle In his hand followed him. down the stairway
saw hitn enter the drawing room saw him open the door
cf Andrew Makeworthy's cabinet saw him taken the opals
from the green leather case end (cave the room with them.
Then fearing he would see her she ran upstairs, leaving
Doane n the drawing room.
Doane was astounded and he protested his innocence In
bitter words but he could not shake Margaret arnston's
belief In hlB guilt.
" I must have been In a trance or you must have been
dreaming," he declared.
The two never referred to the subject again. Hore the
story leaves " The Moonstone " and returns to the plot of
" Foul Pluy."
The morning that Harold Doune snared a pair of sea-
gulls he first thought of communicating with the outside
world. Writing a note on a piece of oiled paper with ink
he had made from black soot scraped from the rocks wllh
Which he had built his fireplace for cooking, he Inclosed the
little message In a quill and fastened It securely to the 1,
of one of the seagulls and set It free. He did the same with
the other gull. Then he told Margaret Barnston what he
The seagull carried the message through calm winds and
storm until one day. two weeks later. In a hurricane It was
blown against the mast of the second class cruiser Charybdls
of the British' navy. The bird fluttered to the deck with a
broken wing and a sailor, picking It up, found Harold Doane's
note In Its quill envelope.
Doane had figured out the latitude and longitude of the
Island Just as his counterpart of " Foul Play " had done,
and the. captain of the Charybdls had no difflcultr In finding
It. The Charybdls carried Doane and Margaret Barnston..
to Colombo, on the Island of Ceylon, where they finally
took a P. and O. liner for England.
Explain the Mysterious Theft.
According to " Foul Play " Doane should have remained
on the Island while Margaret Barnston went home either to
find evidence to prove his Innocence, or, falling, to marry
Makeworthy's son, as she had promised to do. But Doane
was hardly so quixotic as Charles geton. He left the island
with Margaret Barnston and she had not yet promised to
believe him Innocent, for she stUl remembered that she saw
him steal the opals.
Arriving In England, Margaret Barnston went to her
eld home In Efflnghamshlre, while Doane took up his resi
dence with his uncle at 30 Maiden Court lane. Naturally
Margaret visited the Makeworthye, for she was engaged to
marry young Makeworthy. She told the story to Andrew
Makeworthy how she hsd seen Harold Doane steal the onils.
Old Makeworthy was surprised at her silence so long.
He consulted his nearest friend. Dr. Herbert Boynton and
Hoynton looked troubled. Finally he saldi
" Do you remember that on the nigh', the opals were
stolen that my house burned and that In trying to save my
library I was so severely hurt by a falling laddor that Iv
was unconscious for many hours?"
Old Makeworthy remembered the Incident well, and so
did Margaret Barnston.
" Don't you remember, too, that when I came from the
hospital I went to the south of France for recuperation?"
" Yes, perfectly."
" Well, if my house hadn't burned and I had not been
hurt by the fall of the ladder I would not have left England
and so forgotten all about the theft of the opals. But Har
old Doane stole the opnls at my express commands."
" How? Why?" asked Margaret Barnston and old Make
worthy In the same breath.
" By hypnotism," replied Dr. Boynton. " He boasted that
I could not contro! his will by hypnotism an art I use In 1
my practice In rare occasions. I tried and I succeeded.
Seeking an unusual test I bade him go to your drawing
room, steal the opals, and hide them In that little stone
Jar fashioned In the shape of a Hindoo god. And while ho
was in the drawing room on his mission came the alarm of
The rest of the story Is quickly told. The opals were
found Just where Dr. Boynton said they would be and Har
old Doane, free of all suspicion. Is going to marry Mar
OVE. the kind that binds for all time, has kept
LI twq brothers, who married two siBters, under
I the roof of .one home for twentyrflve years.
I From the altar these two couples went to
the sums house to form two families In a
single household that has never been dis
rupted during a single moment of a blessed
Tin love that was pjlgiited a quarter of a century ago Is
us strong between husbands and wives now as It was then.
There is the same affectiun of brother for brother and
klster for sister. The love of the parents Is transmitted to
r.tiit children, so that It reaches to mother and father, aunts,
' uncles, and cousins.
" The wives of this double family are the children of a
. father and mother who brought Into this life sixteen souls.
Three of the five girls married three brothers, two of the
couple being the ones that have lived so long as one family.
The father of this big family, himself a worker, stuck
to the same Job for one railway thirty-two years, and gave
four suns to head the workshops of some of the best known
railways In the world. The two husbands of the double
family have been working at the same kind of work almost
from the time when they were married. The whole Is a
story of Industry and of love, of successes In marriage that
are rara In' the chronology of Cupid's conquests.
Always Under the Same Roof.
JamM and Samuel Girllck were married Dec. 80, 1879,
the furmer to Mlas Sarah E. Riley and the latter )o Miss
Elisa A- RUey, the brides being the daughters of Francis
Riley, The wedding was solemnised by the Rev. Edward
Benedict, rtctor of Trinity Episcopal church, Aurora. 111.
The husbards were farmers and they took their brides to
their hums farm near Bristol, IlL It Is a remarkable fact
that While these two couples have changed their abode
several tlmt-e, they have always found a home under the
ea,me roof and In one family. Never have the floors nor the
walls uf a f.at separated them for a single moment.
From the Bristol farm they went to another, near
Sugar Grove. Then the husbands found work In the Bur
lington car shops at Aurora. While so working, one of them
lost bU Job, iceeklng and finding another at Pullman, but
the fmiiiiy was not broken. Tha othur brother, rather than
be separuted, sought and fuuud a place in the same shop
at Pullmun, and the double family moved there, taking up
their abode In the same rooma.Th last change was made
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to Roseland, where both families are now living in one flat, at
2331 One Hundred and Fourteenth place, and where recent
ly they celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their
wedding, five of the sisters and two brothers, together with
the aged father, Francis Riley, being present. Fifty people
attended the function, and the happy families were showered
with substantial gifts.
Reared as it One Family.
In this double family that lives as one, four children
have been born and reared, some of them to manhood and
womanhood. To Mr. and Mrs. James Garlick. two girls and
a boy have been born. One of the girls Is now 23, the boy Is
10, and the other girl Is 10. To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oar
lick, a. daughter, who is now 24. came to bless the union. It
Is a mutter of record that the mother who had but one child
lavished as much love on either of her sister's children as
she did on ber own, and the mother of three gave scarcely
more attention to either of her own thun she did to the
child of her sister.
The Garllcks relate that from the time .they commenced
housekeeping on the Bristol farm there hus been hut one
porkttUuul in llie Uoublu family. The earnings of both
brothers went Into a common fund. When one was making
less than the other, If there happened to be such condi
tions. It made no difference; the two families used alike
from the fund that the work of the two men created.
The women In running the house seem to have adopted
plan 'that was set before them by the minister who mar
ried thum. When' the two ouupM stood befure him, he fold
them that he was not sure as to Just whom he would com
mence with. Bo he said a few words to one oouple and then
some to the other, after which the final words married them
both at the same time. From that time the wives .have
n.l en turns at but one pluce of work lit the double home.
They ouk wetk about mixing the bread. The family physi
cian marveled a such a condition of huuhold affairs. He
could not figure out what the other husband would say
when a batch of bread that waa not quite up to the standard
would be produced. Both wives say that when such a
thing took place, all knew enough to keep quiet and say
nothing, and that explains the good humor that prevailed.
In all of the other work of the family the sisters con
tinued to help each other. There was scarcely anything that
' both did not have a hand In.
Both of the families connected by these marriages came
from England. The Garllcks were born In Lancashire, while
the elder Riley came from Halifax. Yorkshire, where three
of his children were born, thirteen others having been born
In this country.
Fine Records for Industry.
Both of the families have a great record for Industrious
habits. Francis Riley worked at a forge In the Aurora
shops of the Burlington road for thirty-two years. He had
four sons thut became busses In railway shops one for I lie
Illinois Central at Chlcag), one for the Hannibal and !t.
Joseph at Hannibal, one for the Southern at Augusta, (J i ,
and one for the sHJUlhern Pacific at San Fruncisuu.
It is an odd fact that fate planned some sad occurrences
for these families who have lived so long and so happily
together. The faithful helpmate of Francis Riley, after she
had mothered sixteen children, was killed by being run
over by a switch engine In Roseland.
Another son in the Garlick family had married another
daughter of the Riley family. She was Miss Florence' Klley.
About eight years ago her husband suddenly disappeared in
Chicago, and from that day to this nothing In the wuy of
tidings has been heard from him. '
The two Garllcks were employes of the Pullman company
during the great Debs strike, and they were numbered with
the great army of the unemployed when the shops were
closed, but In all seasons of adversity, In times when sor
row und death invaded the double household, the love and
tender feeling for each other dwelt continually with the
two families. If anything, the sore trials hound them closer
together and kept peace and harmony within the portals of
their home. In religious tendency the families ure Episco
palians. The wives belong to the Daughters of America and
the. Tribe of Ben Hur.
Quarrels Are Unknown. .
It Is doubtful whether In America there is another such
happy family, a family in which there have been two law
ful heads but ono government in a period of a quarter of a
century. "For two and a half decades, week in and week
out, two wives have governed the same home, while two
husbands have provided fur it. In all of that time they
have steered clear of all Jealousies. There have been no
troubles occasioned by the quarrels of children. For years
back eight ' people have been accustomed to sit down to
the same table three times a duy, und to sje them tlitru no
one would be able to divine thut therwus more than one
Do not these two working husbands and the wives who
were sisters In an Industrious family afford. In this duy
of family bickerings and divorce courts, a heulthy object .
lesson In real sociability? Isn't It a pretty story of a
modest home and of a love that passe th human understand- (l
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