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JOKE BARER GETS RAKEOFF
?ait for a Djic Millionaire. Wcrki in
UUGHS RATED HIGH AND PAID FOR
Rlfta ef Mink Brlghtm the Valley of
tlao Fkiw Helds the
Mnker Fire Dollars Tee
Joke founders and story tellers who e
hiblt simples of thrlr m without provo
cation or price might profit by the examcle
of louis Ijants of Blooming-ton. As a
jMrter Mr. IJsms Is a beaut. For 1,000 funny
tories told to Abraham Brokaw, an eccen
tric mllUonalre of Blooming-ton, a local
court baa awarded IJams $5,050. I jams
thought the 1,000 stories told the aged
millionaire were worth no apiece, but
Judge Russell held that physical comfort,
could not b separated from nursing, and.
Ince IJami had no written contract, his
en-Ices should be reckoned at the market
IJams pleaded that he had performed
honorable" service In preventing Brokaw
from marrying In his declining years, but
the law. as Judge Russell Interprets! it,
does not allow extra pay for honor.
Uams served Brukaw an companion four
Tears preceding the plowmaker's death last
March. He told 1,000 stories, some s sec
ond time. There was no written agree
ment and IJams was content to perform
fcla somewhat dlsus-rerable service In the
almost certain belief that he would be
handsomely remembered In the will. At
the death of Brokaw. however, there was
o menton of the old soldier story teller.
Ha wss sorely disappointed, ond, at the
advice of his friends, brought suit for ll'i.Ofl
gainst the estate, valuing his stories at 110
piece. The heirs fought his claims with
able legal talent, but Ijams had equally
strong support, and the trial, wliieli listed
three weeks, was one of the most remark
able In the history of centrai Illinois.
It was shown that Captain Ijams was
principally engaged In the occupation of
telling stories and otherwise entertaining
the old plow-maker, and also In keeping off
, marriageable women, who were attracted
by the millions of the pathfinder. Capliln
ijams was the foil between the old man .
and tha outer world. Bejrgars clamor.-d I
for money by the hundred, and many of
the women who Insisted on seeing the old
man had to be driven away by force.
Proposed to Honsekeeper.
All sorts of schemes were resorted to In
the effort to get the plowmaker's money
or to arrange a marriage. The fact that
Mr. Brokaw was not averse to marriage,
nd even proposed to the housekeeper and
also the sister of Captain IJams who was
assisting In the management of the house
hold, complicated the situation for the cap
tain. He handled the venerable millionaire
with tact, however, and disposed of all
Judge RofsoII's decision was given Mon
Ilia Peculiar Fitness.
Dlscirrlng the claims of th plaintiff,
Judse Jtusxoll snld:
"To augment the value of his services he
tirpcd his own pecullsr fitness to satisfy
the mind of the deceased. Ho claims that
d'XTtsed was a peculiar man and that he
was recullarly fitted to meet and satisfy
tl e peculiarity of deceased.
'Ho contends further that the lack of
n-odern conveniences In the old style nous"
R.-.d rjrroundlngs In which deceased lived
Imposed upon him additional burdens, for
which he ought to be paid. Certain other
e '"ir.cn ts enter his contention, as protect
ee deceased from the Importunity of beg
" la's of various kinds.' conserving the estate
by preventing the deceased from entering
Into a mnrrirvg? contract, and by not filling
ovt a check that dec-eased signed In blank
and delivered to him, by not taking ad
vantage of the weak condition of the de
ceased, by preventing others from Imposing
upon him. by having a certain degree of
responsibility for notes for a million dollar
or more thrust upen him, by performlrg
certain Items of business at different times
at the request of deceased, and by exercis
ing a limited supervision of certain farming
Interests and repairs."
Juds Russell then went on to the point
that the executors of the estate admitted
that Ijams had performed certain services,
but pleaded that they were only the serv
ice of a nurse. There was no question, the
judge said, but that Brokaw had been a
great care to IJams and that the services
were at all times disagreeable. The char
cter of the claimant was beyond question.
The judge admitted his perplexity at the
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V.hyslcl wants of the deceased.
Canaot Ask Pay for Honor.
"Claimant urBea that his advice against
the marriage mentioned In evidence waa a
.-nice to deceased. Of course It waa;
i but would not the law demand that of any
nurse? It would have oeen ire"""'"' "
he had acted otherwise. Would th law Im
ply that he was to be paid extra because
he acted as an honorable man?"
IJains- suit waa based primarily on his
aervicea as a story teller. But during the
trial he dwelt strongly on his successful
effort to keep Brokaw from marrying in
his old age, and to keep several women de
sirious of such an alliance from marrying
Brokaw. He contended that, bad Brokaw
wedded, at least half of his 1000,000 estate
would have gone to his widow.
It has been many years since a court pro-
a writer in The Travel Magaslne. "I went ! teous grace he asks the barkcep
Into a Jeweler's shop to buy a souvenir j sherry cobbler.
I ne Kinuun umur, i ,iuw atw
a piece of paper the Inscription, 'Hong
Kong. 16.' to have the same engraved on
the bowL Aa I started to leave the store
the Chinaman called me back and aekod for
a deposit. I gave him 75 cents and made a
note of the fact on the paper on which
I had written the intended Inscript on
When I called for my spoon the next day
It was inscribed in the bowl: 'Hong Kong,
1906. raid 75 cents." "
ease, saying an express ran, cou.a wen ha- , interested Bloomlngton as
have been entered Into A h man. If he . Captaln 1ms. interest reached
urns for mental comfirt and ease. The
case was even more suitable for a written
agreement because Brokaw desired the ser
vices of this particular man. not because he
looked after his physical wants better than
others, but because he waa personally
grevable to him. Since there was no ex
press contract, the Judge said, the law
could not consider anything but the phy
sical services, lie continued:
Physical Cosafort Karstaa-.
"I caunot see how physical comfort and
ease and mental comfort and ease can be
separated In the profession of nursing and
one be called nursing and the other not. A
nurse may surp'y the physical wants of his
IttOcnt and yet not be a good nurse becauae
he lacks the tact and ability to make him
self agreeable to his patient and therefore
doe rot bring him all comfort and tase.
The deceased desired that claimant come
and stay with him not only because he
could supply his physical wants, but als
because he was agreeable to him, the two
qualities he purchased. How can the two
things be separated? Is it the law that
looking after his physical wants alone con
stituted the nurting. and that brir.glrg con
tentment and satisfaction to him was some
thing separate and Independent of nursing?
! am of the opir.lon that in the absence
of an express contract the s&tlsfyir.g of the
tnlnd of the deceased wxs a part of claim
ant's duty as a nurse. And when he is
paid fur bis rervlces as a nurse this la ln-
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WILLIAM JCBRCUS CONS.
bo. IZttk tit.
It height when IJams tola me jury now no
protected Brokaw through the lattet-e
marrying stresks," and entertained him
with story telling after the fashion of the
Brokaw was 8 years old when he died.
March 14. last. He waa Bloomington's
wealthiest resident, and made his fortune
as a plow manufacturer. He waa aaid to
be the largest taxpayer In Illinois outside
of Chicago. His wife died three years be
fore his death.
In his teptimony IJams told how he ac
companied Brokaw on rides through th
country about Bloomlngton to Inspect hi.
tnr-mm The old man owned 8(0 acres o:
fine farm land, which he rented to tenants.
IJams said he accompanied him on his trips,
enlivening the way with anecdotes of his
early life, his war experience and pioneer
duys In Illinois.
Brokaw was very fond of attending fu
nerals, and IJams said he always accom
panied him at surh times, helping him
into and out of his buggy. He met visitors
to the Brokaw home, he testified, including
great number of applicants for chirlty;
took charge of the mall, and toward the
last undressed the millionaire every even
ing and put him to td. His story telling, j
he said, amused the old man, who was often (
petulant snd almost childish. He was not
allowed to relate specimens of his anecdotes
on the stand.
!.! a't let sister Wed.
Mr. Brokaw wanted to marry my sister,"
Captain IJams testified, "anj I n fused to
allow her to meet Mm. He had re6uUr
marrying streaks, and often It wss all I
could do to keep tain from earning out
his dt sirea
'I thought that at his age no woman
would be likely to marry him lor nimseir
and I was satisfied that those who
showed such a desire were designing and
mercenary. Bo 1 protected hlrn, W'Xh from
himself and from those who had des gns
against him. I estlmste that this alone
saved the estate P.Ono.O'Kt, since that prob
sbly would have been a widow's share."
Mus IJjus testified that he helped care
tor Brtkaw thirteen months, regularly,
spenJli-g her nights at his home during
part of that time. She bandaged his limbs
to reduce the swelling In them, she Slid,
and watched over him like a baby. Brrksw
was a very troublesome patient at times.
Miss IJams averred. nd caused her and her
brother many trials, but they borw with
h'.nx because of their friendship for him.
and because he became fretful and unhappy
when they were away.
Parties from a distance whn labor under
the impression that New York City Is the
home of the mixed drink are often pained
to find none of the family at home. Per
haps it Is true that most of them are born
here, but few remain long in our minds.
They settle in communities where the In
habitants have the leisure to sift their
drinks Into themselves in broken doses.
Below the Ohio river It tak-s a toddy about
nine times as long to pass a given point,
percolating southward Into a gentleman, as
t does here In the hurried east.
A visiting delegate fron New Orleans or
!.ouiFVllle feels a desire to do a little In-
crlor quenching. He enters one of our
largest, shiniest and most uncomfortable
recuperatories. There he beholds severnl
natives sploshing the alcoholic surf agalnft
the lamyx and other Latin portions of the
throat with ar abandon betokening great
h.nntf. The tide rises fast In this town.
Gentlemen engaged In the self-p'.ckling In
dustry go afur each drir.k as if It were
the last train for Yonkers and they feared
they'd mlfs It.
But the southern gentleman bethinks hfm
of the drinks Indigenous to his own fair
clime drinks that his fathers taught him
I form New York originally end with eour
We don't handle them fancy pastries,"
replies the'barkeep4 "or If it s a shoemaker
you want you'll find one on the next block "
"Ah!" says the startled visitor, "maybe
I'd better take a rangarec. You know what
a sangaree is?"
"Sure," replied the brother In white. "It's
a fiat fish with a stinjer In Its tall. Say,
snort, do you think this is a bird and ani
mal store? Sixth avenue for your'n."
So the bewildered southerner swallows
two or three straights nervously, and. going
elsewhere, asks the polite attendant If lie
ever heard of a mint smash.
"I uster live In Philadelphia, but the one
there never smashed." answers the other.
"It's a drir.k, suh, a drink."
"Is It made by a recipe?"
"No. suh, by a poet."
'Nothin' doln". Try a Martiny?"
Perforce the southerner compromises on
a cork t nil that was put up In a bottle by a
firm of chemists over In New Jersey who
also make furniture polish by the same
formula, merely leaving out the cherries
and increasing the basic percentage of
At the next stopping place our hero grows
desperate and orders a plain Julep. Where
he comes from the Julep Is a chaste and
simple yet entrancing thing, forming the
cornerstone of society and the capshesf of
i civilisation. It is invariably free from bus- i
plclun of harboring any foreign subject- I
But In our town, when a barkeep makes
a Julep he uses all the things that are used
to trim a planked steak with. The south
erner burrows through the preserved fruits
shrubbery and canred vegetables and Is
finally rewarded with an amber liquid look
ing something like the back end of a tin
"Where," he wanly Inquires, "where did
you learn to make this?"
"In the real home of the Julep," says the
barkeep, proudly, "In Salem, Mass."
Whereupon the victim faints away. New
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