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60 SIMON PUME'9
STATESMAN, BANKER, THIEF
Fall of Albert!, the Danish Minister
' of Justice.
HE TM"RT.77T.t.t THREE MILLIONS
rriuntt, DiilaeM Men and the Kins
lllmaell Amoni 111 Vtetlma
Dnnlah Cabinet InTOlrcd
In Hli Rnln.
NEW YORK, Sept . The embenlement
Itnrt arrest of Peter Adler Albert!, the
former minister of Justice In Denmark, to
gether with the downfall of the Danish
cabinet, conctltute a series of Incidents
which find an echo In this country be
cause of the assertion that this special
favorite of Kin Frederick VIII found here
his financial Waterloo.
Kor fourteen years Albertl had been
taallrvf from the bank of which he was
the head, and the audacity and shrew d
khh with which he operated are shown
by the fact that up to a few day before
he rave himself up to the police ' he oc
cupied a seat of honor at the banqueting
board of the royal palace. Ufce M.
ChrtHtensen. the premier whose fall came
after the Albertl exposure. King- Fnkl
erlck refuted to the last to believe the
many rumors In circulation touching the
character of tya minister of justice.
Wall street appears to have no direct
record of any of Albertl's transactions.
' The Parts and London stock exchang-es
were the scenes of his operations. Through
these channels he staked his all, and the
all of others, and lost.
The millions stolen by Albert! are irre
trievable lost. The Danish farmers are left
to mourn their savings. But decidedly more
distressing to the nation is the blot which
the transactions of the former minister of
Justice has thrown on the country's In
tegrity. Hard Blew to the Daaea.
The Danes have always prided them
selves on their probity, their political acu
men and the manner In which the affairs
of the government are conducted. Now
comes the discovery that the man of whom
It was expected more than of others that
he would hold the property of others In
violate Is a scoundrel. Besides, under the
cloak of religion Albert! sassed for an in
dividual whose aim It was to do good to
The history of Albertl's wrongdoings runs
bock to a time before he entered the
cabinet of the late King Christian IX. The
father of the present Danish ruler placed
the utmost confidence In him. When the
radicals came Into power, with a leftist
party gaining what It had been struggling
for, Albertl occupied a middle ground be
tween the extremists within the party and
the more conservative.
Hla schooling and training had been of a
kind to fit him for the profession of law.
As an attorney practicing before the higher
courts few equalled him. lie held the re
spect of his associates. The peasants
trusted in him without reserve. The middle
class, while suspicious of certain of his
traits, nevertheless gave htm credit for the
proficiency and persistence that charac
terised all his labors. As for the aristo
crats, they considered that Albertl really
belonged to them.
trails Started In 184.
According to Albertl's own story, he be
gan falsifying the books of his bank in
Bt The Bondestandens nparekasaa (the
Peasants Bavlnc bank) was started by his
father, Krlstlan Karl Albertl, many years
before. It seemed to be one of the sound
et f lcaaojal . Institutions in Denmark.
The amount that Albertl appropriated to
himself Is roughly estimated at close to
13,000,000. The bank, several export firms
and manufacturing enterprises in which he
was Interested and many Individuals who
advanced him large sums of money are
the sufferers. It is Intimated that the
king himself is a creditor to the tune of
It Is believed that one-half has not yet
been told as to his schemes and fraudulent
acta. While he is awaiting trial there Is
being gathered against him so much dam
aging evidence that the papers of Europe
declare this to be the greatest scandal of
the kind of the northland of which there Is
Comparisons between him and Nasi, the
Italian politician recently released after
serving a sentence for a crime not unlike
that committed by the Danish minister
of justice, are made. But unlike Nasi, It
can be taken for granted that no matter
what Albertl's term in prison may be, on
his. release there will await him no crowds
of admiring countrymen to sing his praise
and proclaim him a martyr and a hero,
as was the case with the Italian.
ttarrender No Credit.
That Albertl gave himself up to the po
lice Is no credit to him, for'he knew only
too well that escape was out of the ques
tion. When he resigned his portfolio In
June last It was on the pretext that he
was suffering from lnfluenxa. In realily
It had been known for a long time that his
affairs were In a hopeless condition. Most
of the newspapers had been attacking him.
But his friends rallied to his support and
loudly pronpunced groundless all the ru
mors In circulation.
Newspapers like Politlken, the leading
Journal of Copenhagen, had particular rea
sons " for continuing the warfare against
the minister of Justice. The founder of
Politlken, Vlggo Hoerup, had again and
again been subjected to vicious attacks In
print by Albertl because of his radlcallam.
When Hoerup died Henrlk Cavling, the
present editor and proprietor, not only con
tinued the Identical policy which his pre
decessor had followed, but the enmity of
Albert! was a heritage that fell to him
The , beginning of the disclosures that
resulted in the downfall of this once lead
ing Danish statesman came when Politlken
took It upon himself ,to Investigate the
financial condition of the bank. At the
meetings of the board of directors the
newspaper managed to have present some
one who could later give authentic In
formation. It dawned little by little that
there was something very wrong la Its
Then direct accusations were mado
against Albertl In Parliament. Among his
accusers was Jeppesen-Borbjerg, the soclai
democrat, who Is remembered from his vls'.t
to this country. Dr. Edward Brandes,
brother of Professor George Brandes. also
became prominent In his attacks on Albert!.
Albertl's downfall followed.
Ills Life Story.
Peter Adler Albert! was born June 10,
1SS1. His father was a well-known poli
tician In hla day, a member of the party
friendly to the farming Interests, and, as
already told, the founder of the bank wfilch
formed a background for the son's specula
tion. During his law practice the younger
Albertl organised a fire Insurance com
pany, lie also founded a great butter ex
port business, which necessitated frequent
visits to Kngland.
His trip t London, It Is believed, while
ostensibly for the purpose of transacting
business for his firm, gave him an oppor
tunity of attending to the personal matters
which turned out so unfortunately. That
the secrecy which he threw around his
transactions cquld not main tain y ;ja
definitely is manifested. Rumors spread
concerning the status of the bank. Then
followed the Investigations and the dis
closures. Albertl's activity as a politician began
about 1893. His shrewdness and insight
Into the affairs of his country at once toid
him that here was a field that offered
him the finest opportunity for his talents.
He threw himself Into the arena with a
vigor that even his enemies recognised.
It was not to be wondered that when the
reform party became active Albertl proved
a leader among the men composing It.
Services to the Xatton.
The Danish nation Is not unmindful that
Albertl's services as a maker of laws were
of great value. Notwithstanding many at
tacks by the opposition It Is admitted that
he meant well when he became sponsor
for reform within the Department of Jus
tice and caused the Parliament to enact
his ideas Into law.
The late King Christian reposed the ut
most confidence In him, and this confi
dence was continued by the present king.
The highest decorations that the king of
Denmark ,can bestow have come to the
man now behind prison bars. Even as
late as June of the present year, when
the public clamor rose high against Al
bertl, the Danish king refused to listen to
the outcry against this trusted official.
More honors came to him on the very day
that he left the ministerial buildings. Ger
many, Norway and Greece have also be
stowed orders on him.
Albertl's first wife, from whom he be
came divorced. Is now married to the
Danish tenor, Peter Cornelius, whose debut
as a singer at the Metropolitan opera house
in New York Is announced for next sea
son. Cornelius Is considered one of the
greatest Wagner tenors of the world.
Man of Great Courage.
Personally Albertl is considered a man
of great courage. ,Ot fine appearance,
somewhat portly In build, he makes the
Impression of one who, vested with au
thority, fills his office. His associates In
the Department of Justice, the entire iier
sonnel, are a unit In proclaiming him the
best of masters. A great worker, he asked
uf others that they also work.
It shows his indomitable will and un
conquerable purpose that up to the last he
could maintain so calm a demeanor whue
the opposition like an angry sea raged all
about him. At bottom, of course, he must
have known how justified were his op
ponents and that it was only a matter of
'time before the exposure would come.
Undoubtedly It was his souring ambition
to direct, his Insatiable desire to play the
man of opulence as well as diplomacy,
which caused him to rob the peasants of
their hard earned savings. His personal
fortune today is estimated as close to
$500,000, and will, of course, be taken pos
session of by the state. The fate of his
newspaper, Dannebrog, still hangs in the
One reason why Albertl could stave off
the fatal hour so long as he did was the
frlenilBhip held for him almost to the last
by J. C. Christensen, the Danish premier,
who was also the secretary of the army
and navy. But for the premier's absolute
trust In lus colleague the exposures could
not have been deferred as long as was the
esse. When finally the truth was learned
all the members of the governing body
combined In framing the accusation against
the minister of justice. This was before
his speculation with the bank funds had
become publicly known. The charges were
mainly In relation to the use of his official
position In connection with his business
The changes were to the effect that
Albertl had worked hand in hand with real
estate speculators who shared their profits
with the minister of justice. It was as
erttd that In many pubflo bulldlPg enter
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prises he furnished the materials manu
factured In his own factories. He was said
to have been mixed up in lottery schemes
that did not have the sanction of the gov
ernment and which were shown to be con
ducted with Intend to defraud.
In granting special privileges It was
charged against the minister of justice
that he had his own personal profit in
view. Finally the committee which had
framed the charges against the minister
asked that an accounting be made of the
affairs of the bank.
The cabinet could not remain In power
after the exposure, since the revelations
show that other high officials were In
volved In the transactions.
The reconstruction of the Danish cabinet
Is now of course uppermost In the minds
of the Danes. With M. Christensen and
his colleagues out of power It will prove
no easy taak for King Ferderlck to get to
gether a body capable of reconciling the
various factions of the nation.
HOW HE TOUCHED UNCLE JIM
Ynster Hands Back a Bosch of
' Smooth Talk that Reaeb.ee .
"How are you fixed today, Uncle Jim?"
asked the bright young man. "Do you
think you could stand for a light touch?"
"I'm sorry to say that I couldn't," re
plied the veteran. "This money stringency
has affected me to some extent I am
sorry to Fee that you are needing money
again. It seems to me that a young"
"Bless, you! I'm not needing money,"
said the young mm, cheerfully. "It's true
that I haven't any great amount laid by
for Investment as yet, but I have suf
ficient to carry me along and satisfy my
frugal wants. I'm sorry to hear that you
are feeling poverty's pinch. I'm afraid
that you aren't attending to business dili
gently." "WratT" gasped the senior.
"BuBlness is a thins that nobody can
afford to neglect," said the bright young
man. "You've got to watch it or It's bound
to get away from you. 'Keep thy shop and
they shop will keep thee!" industry U the
key to success. You may smile, but you
may live- to find that there is truth in
what I am saying."
"You don't tell ms that!" said the elder
"That's Indubitably what," said the
bright young man. "I know that some
times it's hard to overcome a natural In
dolence of disposition, but it can be 'done.
A little self-denial and a little effort will
de wonders, and you'll soon see the re
sults." "This is edifying extremely," said the
"Of course, I don't mean to lecture you,"
said the bright young mar.. "And I can
make allowances. It's very pleasant to
lie abed In the morning and then mosoy
down to the office at about lu o'clock
and go out to lunch at 1 and stay till S
and knock off at 1 I know how that is
"All the same, you'll find that when
you want a thing done you must attend
to U yourself and not leave it to a sub
ordinate. Business hours are for work
ing and not for loaf Irg. Get through with
your work and then you may indulge In a
little harmless recreation with a clear
consierce and with actual benefit. 'All
work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,.'
but all play and no work puts Jack's busi
ness into the bands of a receiver. You've
got to hustle and remember that nothing
worth while was. ever gained without ef
fort." "Is this costing you much of an effort?"
asked the renior.
"I am quite willing to make it," returned
the bright young. "I'm Just talking for
your good. It Isn't because I like to talk,
because 1 natural Ijr reserved, a you
know. At the same time, I feel It my duty
to warn you agalest tho evils of sloth
"I've got what Is termed a 'hunch'
that you are spending more money
than you ought. You will say, perhaps,
that it's none of my business if you
are. That's where I take Issue with
you. If we have an interest in anybody
It la decidedly our business to speak
plainly to them orr occasions when we feel
that they need it."
"Don't apologize. Go ahead."
"You've got to remomber that people
don't think any more of you for throwing
away money," said the bright young man.
"Theres a saying that 'fools make feasts
and wise men eat them. I don't wish to
Imply that you are a fool, Uncle Jim. I
think you have a streak of good, hard
sense In you somewhere. But you might
consider the proverb Just the same.
"Another thing to" remember Is that
it's the small things that count. 'Mony
a mlckle makes a muckle,' you know.
Take care of the pennies, and the
pounds will take care of themselves. If
you've got 26 cents, don't spend SO. It's
a good Idea to keep within your Income.
"That's the great thing. Save. If It
isn't more than a few cents every week,
you will find by the end of the year that
It has amounted up to quite a tidy little
sum, and if you ke p it up and get the habit
it won't be very long before you will be a
capitalist. On a small scale, perhaps,
but a capltallat. I'd like you to try to
remember all this, uncle."
"Will you kindly tell me why I'm fa
vored with this excellent counsel?" In
quired the veteran.
"Certainly, sir," replied the bright young
man. "I saw Just as soon as I struck you
that you were preparing to hand it to me,
and I thought I'd head you off, and at the
same time show you that your former
kind advice hasn't fallen on deaf ears."
The senior put his hand In his pocket
and drew forth a bill book. "How much
la It you want this time?" he asked. Bt.
EXHIBIT OF FATTED CALVES
Sheath Tronsera Threaten to Set the
Pace for Fashionable
The fall and winter seasons are likely to
see a good many Innovations in dress for
men if the designs of tailors, haberdashers
nd hatters are carried out. For one thing.
there Is going to be a lot of color; but,
perhaps, the most striking novelty of all Is
the sheath trousers. In these the leg seams
are on the outside; instead of running
down to the bottom they will stop at the
knee and be laced from that point on. For
those who are of more retiring natures
the seam is not open to expose the calf
of the leg, but is formed Into a plait.
Then there are the new pyjamas, with
mother of pearl buttons and beading with
any delicate shade of baby ribbon pink be
ing preferred by the ultra-exclusive ones.
Green full, rich hunter's green will lead
in the colors of garments, but It may be
relieved with stripes. To go with the green
suit one must have a green hat.' Soft hats,
preferably made of plush, are being carried
by leading hatters. They are known as
yodels (the hats, not the hatters) and evi
dently are of Swiss origin.
Following In the wake of the yodel hat
Is the Marathon tie, whose vchlef point of
excellence seems to be that Us colors are
fast. But the Marathon tie Is among the
"also ran" when It cornea to the automo
bile scarf. This is in gold, purple and
green diagonal stripes. The man who
wears one must run the risk of being ar
rested for speeding.
But with it all the tailors preach "har
mony." You get It, o, in spots. There is
Soofti Ornatia, Neb.
a shirt that's a veritable rhapsody In color.
Fortunately, the demand for It seems to
come from few as yet. The body of the
garment Is of cretonne, with pink roses
sprinkled about, offset by a modest, shrink
ing violet or two. The bosom and cuffs
are of green and white stripes, alternating.
There are a multitude of similar color
combinations, but different designs, whloh
would look well If they graced the walls
of a bridal chamber, but seem out of place
upon a manly bosom.
In evening dress the conventional blaok
Is being deserted slowly for the dark blue
or gray, many of which latter colors will
be worn this fall. Bocks must be of plain
shades, mostly brown, green or purple.
Sunset-at-sea and Satauma effects are ta
booed. New York Sun.
MATERIAL FOR GOOD ROADS
Interesting Experiment Ith Fur
nace Slag and Refuse from
Uniquely Interesting are a number of the
experiments now being conducted by the
office of public roads of the United State
Department of Agriculture, one being the
effort to build a dust-proof road by com
bining the heretofore little used blast fur
nace slag with asphalt or tar.
This endeavor is of the utmost economic
Importance, because if the hoped-for suc
cess la attained, unsightly mountains of
slag will soon disappear from tho vicinity
of scores of cities, and a ready market
will hav been established for vast quan
tities of this material.
For several years the scientists In the
office of public roads, as well as In many
of the more progressive states, have been
working to achieve two great objects, .vis.,
the utilization of by-products In road build
ing and the development of dustless roads.
Experiments already conducted Indicate
that crushed rock combined with tar or
asphalt preparations bids fair to solve in
a measure tho dustless road problem. Ex
haustive laboratory tests have indicated
that slag In combination with preparations
of tar or asphalt may be made to serve
as a substitute for crushed rock. Sections
of experimental road are now being con
structed which will subject the materials
to actual service test. If the results are
as satisfactory as the preliminary condi
tions indicate the slag-asphalt or slag-tar
roads will realize the hope of the scientists
for both the utilization of by-products and
the attainment of a dustless road. One of
these experimental stretches of road is now
In course of construction at Chicago, under
the supervision of Chief Engineer Vernon
M. Pelrce of the federal bureau, and one
at Birmingham, Ala-, under the direction
of B. F. HMdel, first assistant engineer.
The road at Chicago will be of slag and
asphalt; that at Birmingham of slag and
tar. The greatest skill and care will be
used In putting down these short stretches,
and they will then be carefully observed
during the trying months of winter. If in
the spring it has been established that this
class of road remains firm, does not rut,
sheds water and makes but little dust, a
vast step forward will have been taken In
road building, and a never-falling market
will have been created for blast furnace
Besides this activity In slag experiments,
the public roads office Is also busy at
Newton, Mass., with a special asphalt prep
aration, never before tried, which, the di
rector and his lieutenants hope msy prove
efficacious as a dust-binding surface ma
terial. More unique than this, however, the office
is preparing at the same place to lay a
stretch of what facetious writers are almost
certain to label a "candy road." In all
flights of fancy it is probable that nobody
except a scientist would go so far afield
In research as to adopt molasses as a road
building material, but that la exactly what
in Sealed Tins un
fives and tens.
Look for the seal.
has been done, nn . '
vost Hubbard of Director Pages scientific
fnt'ng la Iaiiiii .
.o.ciiug a nair-mlie stretch of road
near Newton, and In a few day. will be
in active supervision of the laying of the
rirst molasses road of history. This mo
lasses Is tho almost useless by-product of
the great oane sugar refineries of the south
nrl vn .. . . .
"'" ' rennerles of the west
and southwest. It Is sicklshly sweet, nearly
a black and a. thick a tar, and almost as
powerful as a binder. Having always been
waste product, it can be bought at a
lower price than
When the nilnnfltv a n A 1 !. .
. " " mo Huricy con-
sistency of this material was called to the
attention of Director Page, a number of
months ago, he conceived the Idea that It
might aid In solving the always difficult
Problem nf dilute 1. . .
- .vjo. n0 Ben i ror a
upply for laboratory experiments and de-
.. i.uuwra 10 conduct them. The
molasses was blended with oils and lime
water; waa mixed with rock' dust, with
arth and with sand and tried out under
heat and under water. It behaved so well
and held out such timmiu. . u ,
that the practical test of a real road was
recently decided upon.-PIttsburg Dispatch.
RIVAL OF CHATTERING POLLY
Magpie Saw the Boy Steal the Money
and Squealed In Open
Edgar Allan Poe may not hava hn
Ing a "hop" dream when he wrote l is fa
mous poem, "The Raven," after all, fir
little 9-year-old Louis Qulnlon nf rwv..
who was accused of stealing 12 from Mrs!
Amos Throckmorton's pocketbook on th
evidence of the latter's. magpie, confessed
that "Mag" told the truth. It Is the first
caae on record, outside of fiction, where a
Dira convicted a human belna- of rnhhi..
on Its own evidence. The uncanny black
ana white demon with a long tall and In
quisitive beak was too much for Louis. It
got on his nerves and he couldn't stand
the strain. He didn't know what might
happen to him with voodoo and the black
art against him. Therefore, to d raw
natural conclusion, Poe probably saw a
raven fly through his window, take a sat
on the "marble bust of Pallas" resting
"o'er his chamber door" and dolefui'y
moan that famous "Nevermore" In reality.
To get back to Louis and present-day
miracles, Judge Llndsey was waiting for
Mrs. Throckmorton to bring "Mag" Into
the court so that the stenographer might
take the testimony, when Louis was heard
Inquiring for the "Little Judge" in an
outer room. He was shown In and, after
standing on one leg like a stork for three
embarrassing minutes, he managed to gur-
gie out, "l swiped It."
"What did you swipe?" asked Judge
"The mo-mo-money. 'Mag' told the truth
and I wa was afraid," gasped Louis.
"Did 'Mag see you take it?" asked Judgo
"Yes, sir. He was In the room, but I
didn't think he could snitch on me. 'Id
rather take a llckln' than have 'Mag s
Louis' father has been asked to pay back
the U that Mrs. Throckmorton lost and
Louis was sent home. Judge Llndsey does
not think that he will need much punish
ment. He has learned a lesson that will
stick with him through life, and It Is safe
to say that Mrs. Throckmorton herself will
not have more Implicit faith In the wisdom
of magpies and their ability as Nemesis
Mrs. Throckmorton accepted the failure
to Impeach "Mag's" testimony with 'com
placency and the usual woman's "I told
you so." Hereafter "Mag" will occupy as
oracular a position as the great "Raven"
lu her wind. Denver Republican,
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