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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 8, 1905)
Sf?e Queer Deedsopes
iRIXCK Lt'CA. Dip head -jf U.e Esterhazys; that
strange family widen In ever pla.ilng In lights
either tnysllrnl, or romantic, or lurid over the
horizon nf 'aunpp, Is nlxiut t" Hdd tlie culminat
Ing ii" t to a succpssinn of qu"pr deeds prompted
by that strange rellg'nus ti ndcncv which h;s
always warred witli their lovt ami religious Instincts.
tin s-'iY Tisrrrys
Tlie house cf Esterhazy 1p Galantha is not the samp branch
of tue family us Hint of Hip one wh i wrote tnp bordereau,
although that strange mixture of fanaticism and corruption
who is now a dlwgriKid outiast, is a distant member of tlie
family. Thpy trace 1 1 I r descent back from Queen Esther of
bible days, ami ever slne that time, down to the lovely tx
iUen of Naples and tli" cultivating Idly Langtry, their
love affairs have been nsf "ilated with toe promlnpnt women
of thp world. Also in "vciy genera. ion or two is born an
Esterhazy wiio has kept up the fires of religious tradition
willed smoldpr In their ract.
Plans to Reproduce Temple.
In Trlnre Luca the spirit which nas sent many of these
proud princes Into the severest of religious orders has taken a
form stranger tnan even the love madnesses of some of Its
members. In tlie heart of his vast estates In Hungary, In
the middle of the uncultivated forests which cover linmenso
tracts of land, I'rince Luca will rebuild King Sulomon's
""temple, reproducing it arch for arch, and t.iwer for tower, and
atone for stone. Even tlie building of the first King Solomon's
temple, brought from sfar end fitted together silently, was not
.'I ranger than will lip the lifting of this new pile In the rteart
.if the Transylvanlan forest.
t'rlnce Esterhazy Is a mystic nnd a recluse and for years
has been studying ancient oriental architectures. For years
he lias mndp a special study of tlie building of tlie temple, and
the lily time when he lias come out if l is dreary seclusion
is w.icn he haunted the libraries and museums of Europe In
the quest of ancient flics containing uata of the great Struc
ture at Jerusalem.
Now tlie great aim of his life has been reached. There Is
a great army of men silently clearing away acres In the center
of Transylvania. Strange treasures of gold and cedar and
Ivory are dally being brought from all the countries of the
Count Luca Is poor, comparatively pool at least, as his
estates yield but little revenue, and in ord r to obtain the
treasures that were used by the Jewish king he has been
obliged to mortgage his patrimony heavily. In doing tills he
will accomplish the nlm of his life, and the temple will bo
an exact nnd faithful copy of the original and a monument to
his religious devotion.
Luca Will Not Be like Eugene.
It Is not likely that I'rince Luca will have the change
of heart wnlch was experienced by Count Eugene, a member
of the non-princely branch of the house who In his younger
days withdrew from the world Into a Jesuit monastery. Ho
gave his entire fortune a quarter of a million to the order
and was, up to three years ago, considered the shining light
of the Jesuits, as ho was one of tne most eloquent orators
they had, and his sermons drew great congregations.
At Budapest there lived one Mimselle Marie de Tey
lard, a French woman of 34, who carnej her living by teaching
music. She was poor but beautiful, a.id proved too much for
the heart and tlie discretion of poor Count Esterhazy, who ran
after ner so' that he was remonstrate! w'th by his provin
cial. He promised to leave Vienna with the object of putting
an end to the talk, but, Instead, proceeded by the stralghtest
route he could to Paris, where the fair charmer had gone be
fore him. He Hung back defiance at his order and not only
announced his Intention of marrying Mile Teylard, but sued
his provincial for the quarter of a million which he had taken
with him Into the order. His defiance of the solemn vows of
priesthood and celibacy have so scandalized his compatriots
that he has been reduced to social ostracism.
Not long ago everybody was wondering st the romance
of General Prince Louis Esterhazy and Lily Langtry. Mrs.
Eangtry's fondness for .he turf led her Into tne Esterhazy
acquaintance, which was followed up by zealous attention on
the prince's part nnd rumors of an engagement. Thrnucrh
him she saw her opportunity to come to the front ngaln soci
ally, as this was Just nt tlie time she had fallen Imm grace
In her relations wltn royalty. The title, too, was believed to
hold unparalleled attractions for the Eily. To secure it, how.
ever she must obtain a Jlvorce from Mr. Eangtry, and the
courts of England iai repeatedly refused to grant such a
decree. She applied to the California courts, where s.ie stHl
had her estate and claimed her residence, and the decree was
granted May 14, 1SH7.
No legal barrier stood In the way, but sne was to learn
the erratic way of the Estcrhazys. The love of the prince
grew cold and the enemies of the Lily even whispered he Jilted
her. Whether or not this was true, lie soon after was ru
mored to be secretly married to the beautiful ex-queen of
Naples, a sister of the tragically fated empress of Austria.
It Is now known that the prince lins been devoted to the
beautiful queen for many years. In fact, ever since the death
of her husband, and It Is believed that his attentions to Mrs.
Langtry were for the purpose of throwing people off their
guard. Queen Marie, like the empress, had a wealth of
beautiful hair and she was always considered the most biiiu
tiful as well as the most talented of the sisters. She was
married to King Francis II. of Italy when s.ie was 1'.). and her
nmvery after they took refuge at Gieta during the revolu
tion aroused the admiration of all Europe. Afterward she
was devoted to him and old all she could to help htm bear
up under the loss of his throne. Prince Esterhazy, It was
I f lieved, was In love with her through the long time In wnich
she and her husband .were In exile, nnd after his death, In
1m, the marriage, which the prince never had dared to hope
tor, was secretly celebrated.
Outwits a Bold Adventuress.
This prince, unlike some of his family, is decidedly a man
of tlie world. He Is half English, his mother having been
Lady Sarah Vllllers, daughter of the earl and countess of
Jersey. This countess was the Zenobla of Lord Beacons
field In his " Endymlon." He Is an attractive mixture of
English and Austrian qualities' and lias been the hero of
endless adventures InroiiKh which not only his courage but
his savolr faire brought him triumphantly. One day lie was
traveling from Iondon down to Hatfield to spend a week
with Iord Salisbury. He had Just taken his place In a first
class compartment when tuddenly, at the last minute. Just
as the train was on the point of starting, an elegantly dressed
woman got In. Before they had been five minutes on the
way she dropped her nan lkerc hlef, then her smelling bottle,
and employed a number of little transparent ruses with tho
apparent object of striking up a' conversation with the prince.
" T'nder ordinary circumstances I might have responded,"
said the prince In telling of tills Incident, "but I had Just
gotten through reading a little biography of my old friend
Valentine Baker Pasha. He, you will remember, was turned
out of the British army and disgraced on the charge of
having Insulted somebody In one of these compartments. I
nnil known of this, of course, but It was recalled to my
mind Just in time to mike me blind to the woman's ad
vances, which was a piece of good fortune."
What tlie prince did was to sit tranquilly smoking his
cigar as If entirely oblivious of her blandishments. Just ns
the train stopped nt the only station between King's Cross
nnd Hatfield she suddenly tore her hat from her head, "dis
hevelled her nalr. .and. as the train came to a standstill, put
her head out of the window nnd shrieked for help. In came
ill the railway officials, as well as passengers, and to them
the woman vowed that sh had been terribly Insulted by the
prince, who was the only other person In tne compartment.
The prince did not stir irc.m his seat, but continued tran
quilly smoking his cigar.
His attitude was so extraordinary under the circumstances
thai Uie Btatlon master slopped before collaring lilm nnil
asked If he had anything to say. Without tlie slightest ap
pearance of concern the prince, woo was seated In the cor
ner, pointed to his cigar with the remark, "Only this." The
cigar showed a beautiful gray ash over an Inch In length. The
station master was wise In his generation, and tho woman
was arrested Instead of the prince.
Maximilian Esterhazy's Romance.
Count Maximilian Esterhazy, who was In the diplomatic
service and had spent a great deal of time In Washington,
had a romantic attachment for, and finally married, an
American. She was a Carroll of Maryland and had the best
blood In the state in her veins and was a woman of great
social experience. Her first husband was General Griffin
of Ohio, atid after his Jeath she met Count Esterhazy In
Washington and It was love at first sight between them.
Tney have ever since been a devoted and happy couple.
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OVER 6,000 YEARS OLD.
NATURE AS SCULPTOR.
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Each Illustration represents half a pint (equal to half a pound),
the figures below give the proportion In ounces and drachms.
The shaded portion shows amount of nutriment contained, and
STREET LETTAR WRITER IN NAPLES.
This remarkable resemblance to man's
profile may b seen on the side of a solitary
rock standing on Crinnls beach near St.
Austell, England. From one angle the face
is remarkably clear and It is said to resemble
a man killed by lightning nearby.
Statue of the Sumerlan King Iavld fnunu
it Bismya, Babylonia, recently and believed
'o date back to 4."i0 B, t'.
A PROGRESSIVE SCRUB.
The public m hool pupils in Stockholm do this every three or four weeks, to the benefit
of their health unj the atmosphere of the classrooms. It is a continuous performance; ten
to twenty bathing at once. Three days of the week are assigned to the boys, and lbre
to the girls.
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The older generation of Italians have not been particularly well educated, and many
of them cannot write. This picture shows a professional scribe writing letter to the
dictation of an old man who is unable to send greetings fur himself. The letter Is writ
ten for a few cents.
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In the traveling circuses of France the
babies of the company are put to work as
SLEEP IN NES7S.
The Serl Indians make an rdd shaped inn
trtvance of plaited wi.ker woik. with a hel.
at the top, through w hk h the ot i upli r irj!
at night to sleep.
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The first ascent of Mont Blanc In 1!M)5 by
a woman was accompllstud under great dif
ficulties by Bessie Norton of Loi.don on
July 14. The journey from the Grand Mulcts
occupied nine hours, the ascent five and' a
half hours, and the return J.iurrey t hn r ind
a half hours. The return was the more
quickly accomplished by sitting down ar.d
i-Uiiu.g at all possible places. The eold wm
i.j intrnie thiu the breaih fro inside Miss
Norton's helmet, and one of the men of the
!'arty tiad icicles two inches long hanging
from iiis mustache.
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" Alligator boats," uied by Canadian lum
hfrmen. can travel both on land and water.
When the boat comes to a place where the
: :ver has entirely dried up, or to a sand bank.
7. n anchor and cable are taken out some way
ahead, the engines are set working, and the
boat U klowly hauled up to the anchor.
LI RES RED.
His name is Spike. He refuses to ski p on
iiiy but a red blanket.
POLL ) '.V LESSOXS.
Mrs. J. Hope of Philadelphia chaiv" s a pho
iiograph Willi the word or phrase she wants
the pairot to learn, and then shuts hlni in a
room alone with the machine. The bird
listens to the oft-repented sound, and tries to
l uiilo tlie brazen throiitid trumpet, so that
whh no expenditure of humon strength, and
In shorter time than personal attention
would consume, he masters one lesson and
then is put upon another.
TIE HORSE TO HOLE.
This ieinuikiil.lt feat is aceomplihlied by
Serl Indians, whf, dl a hole In the sdlid ab.iut
two feet diep, tie an Immense knot In the
end of the halter rope, which Is put In the
bottom of the hole. It Is refilled, thin
ktamped upon till the ground becomes solid.
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