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fcOSSIP OF THE CAPITAL.
THK NEW MINISTER FROM .7ATAN AND
HIS AOCOMI T.ISHI.:i> WIPE.
Bsssonmra of a new tkaj* at ths catholic
UNIVERSITY— THE cvuitokts OV
Washington. Oct. 13. The Japanese Legation
is one of the most popular and best adminis
red of the legations at this capital, fret it is
oae " the youngest. The first Minister from
Japan visited this Government only forty years
•-'■ a: • it is scarcely thirty years since the
famous Embassy with Mr. Iwakura at its head
arrived here. This Embassgy had as its object
the making of treaties with the United States
*nd other civilized Powers, and started out to
make a tour of the rid, hut so Impressed was
Ambassador Iwakura with the advantages to be
gained from a long residence at the American
capital that he remained in Washington for six
months. In that time he gave eighty official
dinners and a banquet for sixteen hundred peo
ple which rivalled in elegance anything ever seen
here, and picturesque tales are still told of bis
p-ineely entertaining. Diplomatic intercourse
■^wv-.-r J the United States and Japan was estab
ibched by Mr. Iwakura's visit, and since then it
Baa never been interrupted. Japan has sent to
ibis country the flower of her statesmen, and
no nation with which the United States has
iiplomatic relations has been represented by
en of higher intelligence or greater capacity.
1 *.«od taste and conservatism have invariably
::.arked the administration of the Japanese Le
gation, and that it will hold the high place it
has attained under the new Minister is not to
'■•" doubted, for Mr. Takahira comes to us with
■ ripe experience, having already served here as
c<>nsul-<JeneraJ and represented his Government
it Minister to China ai.-J at several of the
The new Minister is accompanied by his wife.
Mme. Takahira comes of a noble family and
was educated at one of the best schools for
omen in Japan, established and conduct* d after
Western niod.js. She was married to Mr. Taka
: ;fa in 1887. shortly after her education was
wished. ;tnd since then has been with him upon
..Is of his diplomatic missions. This, therefore,
nut Mm- Takahira's first visit to the United
•••■> since her husband served as Consul-Gen
!.il in New-York in IB9li From this position
■ Takahira was promoted to the Ministershlp
: The Hague, whither Mine. Takahira accom
; billed him, and later on she went with him to
k'ime and to Vienna, at both of which capitals
ht represented his Government. These pro
l i sed visits in foreign countries have enabled
Mme. Takahira to become acquainted with
i heir languages and their people, and the ex
l<rience she has had at the European courts
will be of advantage to her even in this repub
Mane. Takahira is a fine looking woman, even
from the Occidental point of view, which differs
-• materially regarding the beauty of women
Jrom that of the Orient. Her complexion has the
tinge .it,-: softness for which Japanese women
:_re famous, her eyes are large and expressive,
and her wealth of glossy black hair is worn in
the prevailing style, brushed back fron a pretty
brow. Hut the most attractive feature Mme.
Takahira possesses Is ihe vivacious expression
jid the quick responsiveness one notes in her
*<-c v, h'-n she is conversing.
Not since the days of Mr. Voshida have the
women of the Japanese Legation retained their
:.ative costume, which is rapidly going out of
'ash ion "» Japan among the higher classes, and,
:;ke her predecessors, the wife of the new Min
ister has adopted European dress; but, unlike
msaiy « f her sisters, her clothes are in exquisite
taste <G»] li'-r jewels are beautiful. It is doubt
ful, fcdeed, if any woman in the Diplomatic
Corps possesses more gorgeous gems. Mllle.
T;ikahJra has three children, who are in Japan
and will not at present join Lheir parents.
One of ;ne most attractive women who ever
lb< Japanese Legation was Mme.
who.-, death has recentlj sad
(lened ■ ■ H.r end, it is said, was
d bj her sorrow for the death of her
husbanc win. ti occurred three years ago. Mr.
and Mrs. Mutsu wen surely a most devoted
maple and v\h"n Mr. Mutsu was stationed here
: tn-\ w.re constantly sen together, and between
usesn id»-a! harm<;i\ se.-rned to exist. Asked at
an afternoon tea what was Minister Mutsu's
favorite sport, his gentle little wife )..«,k.d up
arrbl) and s«iiO
"Oh, madam, my husband he like to flirt best
t»f a.l! things in the world. He think this Amer
ican sport most adorable. We flirt and flirt all
i bt- day long. 1 flirt vitn him, he flirt with me."
It is a. long established custom in the depart
ments at Washington that upon receiving a pro
motion a man shall treat his chief and fellow
«l«-rk« to cigars, and a woman her companions
to candy or ice-cream. Not long ago a worthy
man in the Interior Department was rewarded
Tor hip devotion to duty and faithfulness i.\ a
lonj.' hoped f-»r promotion! The clerk is noted for
his frugal mind, hut hardly had he received the
n< a•- of hi* (-"t.<i fortune Alien he hastened to a
tobacco .-:h'ij> in the vicinity and returned laden
with cigars, a full t«.> at which he placed upon
bw '-hief* desk, who was profuse with thanks
•■•r t Pj» really magnificent gift, as custom de
n.anded that only a few cigars should be given.
.me hai-±;> clerk whose heart had been made
NEW- YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED >l J'PLKMKiNT.
glad by a promotion was taken out to luncheon
by some friends, and in his absence the thief
decided to try one- of the <-i«ars he had just re
ceived. His far-*-, at first wreathed with pleasant
expectations, wore a surprised and inquiring
look after the first puff, at the second puff it
was wrinkled with disgust, and after the third
pufT the clfjar was thrown disdainfull) into the
"Some are born to rank," quoted the chief,
"some achieve rank and some have rankness
thrust upon them Bless me if i can stand it."
The Catholic University, which was opened
last week with the mass of tin- Holj t;h<>si and
solemn professions of faith by its professors and
instructors, begins Its twelfth academic year
under most favorable auspices and with a large
increase of students over last year. Among
those who have matriculated are young men
from Cuba, Porto Rico, Canada, France, Ger
many, Poland and Japan, an evfd< nee that the
fame of this institution has made the circuit of
the world. With the reopening of th> university
several important changes took place in its
faculty and in the faculties of the affiliated col-
leges. Father Shilling has been transferred from
the direction of the Franciscan monastery to
another fi<-i<j of labor, and, it is understood, will
b»- intrusted with special work of importance.
The College of the Holy Cross also loses its
director. Father Fran< iscus. A recent addition
to the faculty of the university is mi Rev. Dr.
John D Ifaguire, who returns to his alma mater
as professoi of Latin.
Father Maguire, whu is a native of Pennsyl
vania, is one of th* 1 most noted men among the
alumni of the university. In 18110 he received
his degree of Ph. D from the University of
Pennsylvania, and Archbishop Ryan commis
sioned him a> \<»\ craduate student In 1 SI »l!
while he «.is st.l! i- deacon in the Catholic min
istry. ll<- wan ordained .1 priest •>> Cardinal
Gibbons In the -nine year and, after receiving
his orders, went again lo the Catholic University
for supplementary study. After completing his
course there Father Mag'iire studied for several
years at European universities and, returning
to America in IBIMJ, took a specia". course of
study at Johns Hopkins. Recently he has been
acting as a missionary in Philadelphia.
Amoii).' re. .■ni visitors to the Capitol was an
old man from a n«arb> provincial district who
took a deep interest jh the chambers of the
Senate and House of Representatives, viewing
with especial favor the comforts provided for
the people's servants.
"I tell you w hat it is," he said to nni < :' the
doorkeepers. "Congressmen have a might} easy
time of it. don't th' •> '.'"
"Yes." admitted the doorkeeper, 'they do."
"Thi-j aie washed fr«*e, shaved fret?, fed free.
ain't they?" inquired the visitor.
"Yes, yes,' answered th' doorkeeper, "and
they are lodged free, to. !».. you so that big
building?" pointing to the Library of Congress.
••That's where they sleep, and the b- <l- are nofi
as down "
"That s all I want tc know," announced the
hayseed, jubilantly. "I never did take much
interest In politics, but I'll be jrosh derned If l
don't go straight home and run for Congress.*'
A WESTERN BAD MAN.
PRACTISING LAW "ON A HIOH PLAIN"
AT EL I'ASn.
Ft em The Chicago Record.
John Wesley Hantin. whose death .>t ih< hand.;
of Constable John Sellman, of El Paso, la yet
within the mem< ry of newspaper readers, af
fords :i striking type of the border bail man both
in the story or hi-; life and in tip manner <>f his
death, lit- was tin- son ><' a Baptist preacher,
but in spite >'i hi.* home advantages he grew to
be an unruly, shiftless and skulking member of
thi communit) before he was fifteen \<-ars old.
Hi v, i£ born in l^.'ii. near the town of Coman
cl • . Ti "... ami began his wild career b( fore he
was twelve years old by riding to death the only
iwo horses bis father had.
li' refused to go to school, was caught cheat-
Ing at cards when hi was fifteen years old, and
in the same year put out the < ye of a neighbor's
sou in a quarrel over a rock fight. Preacher
Hardin died goon aft< rward, and it is a tradition
in Comanche County that h«- died of a broken
heart over \h<- wickedness of his favorite son.
In lSii:, being twenty-one years old, John VWs
l' y <■!• Wes Hardin established himself on a
part of his father's farm, and began to assemble
Wife of the Minister fiom Japan.
about his cabin a company of the wildest young
men in the county. None of them had means
none of them seemed to work, and yet after a
few months of midnight rides into adjoining
counties tli.ii corrals were crowded with cattle
and the townsfolk of Comancl began to fear
and suspect Hardin and his gang. Not satisfied
with ranch solitude, and led by Wes Hardin,
the desperadoes soon began i" make midnight
.raids unon the town. It became their practice
to gallop into Main-st. every night at 8 o'clock.
"shoot up" the stores, carry off what they
want i n the shape of liquor and supplies, and
terrify into silence the protesting storekeepers.
!t is current history in Comanche to this day
thai W.s Hardin and In: men held the town
almost in bondage during the greater pan of
llu y< ar IST."..
Munj farmers who bad suffered at the hands
of rustlers then begun t.> assemble in Co
manche for th- purpose of '"investigating* 1
Han in's layoyi. Whether this visitation had
anything to do with his departure, or whether
store looting and ranch life became too dull, is
not known, but m August, IS?.'!. In lefl home
and identified himself ivith the Comanche
County Kann of Taylors, then engaged in a feud
war of four years' standing with the sons and
friends if a man n n• I Sutton, who was killed
l>.\ one ..f the rttylor family in I>e Witt County
in I.m;n. Hardin had no personal interest in thi
feud, but he w is <•; is n leader of the Comanche
Taylor?, and during the short period of his
leadership U'>i "cr< -lit"" for slaying three of the
Sutton faction. To -how how ineffective was
the machinery of the law in punishing the per
petrators of these border crimes II is sai.i that
t hiri y-i i-iiit men. participants in the Taylor-
Sutton feud, were killed within six years in
Gonzales, De Witt and Comanche counties, and
their Klaye rs w< ■«• ncithei punished imr posi
ii. < ■ I \ identified. 'eport gives Hardin credit
for pl.oittins many ol the Button parly, but he
boasted alwa.xs* of having "got" three, and as
lie was pro k) and jeali us of mis man kill'n^; rec
ord ;• is probable thai ht killed no t ■.- of the
F hruary l!i IS I. Hardin reappeared sud
■ I nlj in Oomi n he with a crowd of his follow
ers, who immi i;..i'-i> .:!":i; .<l ; hi principal
saloon of ihe town, bane i the front door and
proceeded Hi i-ari hp< ait- r Ihe manner of their
.-!;■■- Koine inn. thai afternoon Deputj Sheriff
i harl s Webb. ■•< Brown Ciunty. arrived in
<'• .. anclie .\ni a aarra . !• i nm of Hardin's
n.::-.ir who was accused "t cattle stealing. He
s> ■■ ill learned that Ihe desperado and his fellows
wei> embattled in the saloon, but, nothing
daunted, tie.) his hort»» and entered the back
door, which v.uf open. Hardin knew him and
the moment he put his face in the doorway
"Hollo, Webb! What do you want here?"
"I've a warrant for <"al Shelby." the deputy
was saying as he pulled the document hall out
of his pocket. But Hardin shot him through
the heart, adding 'I guess you won't servi It!"
In the party with Wes Hardin when Webb was
phot was Joe Han'in, a younger brother of Wes,
then posing as a lawyer, but following closi ly
in the footsteps of his lawless brother, and with
a growing reputation in Comanche as a des
perado and a crool .News of the shooting of
Webb spread quickl> i>ver the town, and before
dark the saloon was surrounded i.y a posse of
volunteers. The enraged citizens stormed th«i
lock d barroom about dusk and captured four
of the inmates, Including Joe Hardin \Ws es
caped in the confusion, and rode to temporary
liberty on the horse of the man be had killed
The posse, determine. l to make an exampli of
somebody, hanged Joe to the nearest tret and
gave bis companions hours to leave the county
When the Coroner examined the effect? of the
dead young desperado he found the seals of
thirteen cunties which had 'been profitably
used for months by the quondam lawyer in tl i
process of making out bogus bills nl sale iv, r
cattle stolen by members of his brother's xnitx.
Wes Hardin then tied toward Florida In the
suburbs of Gainesville be was ov< rtaken by two
negroes, "Jake" Menzel ami Robert Borup. both
Of whom had worked for Hudin's father Im
pelled by d.sire to obtain the $500 reward of
fered for Hardin's capture, they attempted to
arrest him as he was leaving his lodging place
early in the morning. They approached him
with levelled pistols. He had his thumbs in the
waistband of his trousers and assured them he
was unarmed. As they attempted to sei» him
he whipped two pistols from under his vest and
killed one of them. The other was blinded ,uid
fled for his life. Hardin was caughi at Shrevee
port a few days later, returned to Comancbe and
sentenced to twenty-five years' imprisonment
for the killing of Charley Webb. He was b< t
at liberty under the exemplary conduct rule in
1892 and left the penitentiary with the reputa
tion of having perfected himself in the study of
law during the seventeen years of his incarcera
tion. Immediately after regaining his libertj he
clinched his reputation for being the "meanest
bad man on the border" by betting $;» that he
could at the first shot knock an innocent Mexi
can off a soap box whore ho sat sunning him
self. He won the bet and left the dead Mexican
in the putter where he fell. That he was proud
of his meanness is proved by a story which he
boastfully told of an adventure in Nogales. He
said that in a hotel there he was annoyed by a
heavy snorer In the next room. Without mak
ing an effort to caution the sleeper, he put his
ear to the thin board partition till he pot the
exact position of his snoring neighbor's head.
Then he fired one .45-calibre bullet through the
wall. The snoring stopped The corpse was
found the next morning shot through the brain,
but the bad man was permitted to ride away.
Whatever he may have known of the theory
of law, his grotesque idea of its practice was
manifest when he set out for XI Paso wearing
four six-shooters and carrying a Winchester
rifle. It was during the trial of the Bfiller-
Frasier cattle conspiracy cases that be arrived.
Accoutred as he was he went to Pie office .if
'The Xl Paso Times." and, in a badly written.
badly spelled "card" announced that he had
oome to Xl Paso "to practise law on a hi^-.h
plain." He meant "plane," of course, but his,
spelling was as bud as his Inter legal perform
ances. From the newspaper office ho crvlled at
the White Klephant saloon, and at thf point of
a sun borrowed $!<•»• from the proprietor. With
tbis ready money he engaged in an open "crap"
game in tho Gem saloon, in Texas- aye., lo^t all
his capital and thru, with a pistol in each hand,
compelled the players and the croupiers to pay
him back what be hod lost. He collected about
$20<> and wrnt back to the saloonkeeper whom
he had first robbed, offering to "buy a half
interest" in the placo for $. r ,iH». and enforcing his
proposal with his ever ready weapons. It. trot
tho half interest, ami before daylight all Xl
Paso knew that Wes Hardin, guns and all. hart
come to town to "practise law on a Jiitcli plane."
For more than six months he terrorized El
Paso. There was only <>no man there who dared
cross his path at all times and under all con
ditions. That roan was John Sellman, a bad
man. too, but of a different mould from Wes
Hardin. After a bloody career as a soldier,
cowboj and borbr deputy, and with a record of
what hi called "twtnty-thrse justifiable kill
ings." Sellman had settled down into tin almost
placid occupation of patrolling thi streets of
El Paso. It was placid enough till Hardin
cajne, but a month later .-very man then knew
that one or the other had come at last into
the presence of sure death.
The crisis came on \ugust lit. !>;•:; old John
s. llman's son, who was a policeman had ar
■ Hardin's Mend, and Hardin ai onoi aii
nounced that h>- would exterminate the whole
Sellman family, beginning with the lather-. To
tins >n<l the offended desperado arm< I himself
with pisl.'ls and a Quantity of Whiskey and went
looking foi old man Sellman. The latter, who
stated at his trial afterward that he knew it was
only a question of time when he must kill
Huruin. rr; I him to the Echo saloon With
thai peculiar and almost anomalous sense of
fait ii.s-- which characterized many of Ins class.
Sellman then seni word to Hardin thai if he
would come out of the saloon he, Sellman, would
give him a "fair chance to exterminate or be
exterminated." Those were the very words of
Sellman as reported at the trial. After waiting
an hour for v reply Sellman entered ihi bar
io. m. Hardin saw his reflection in the glass
and had his pistol out in a second. But Sellman
was sober. lii: ; lirsi shot pierced Hardin's bead
from hatband to hatband, and even when his
victim fell Sellman continued to fire till 1m had
plan five sli.'is in vit.ti parts of his enemy.
"Oood stiii fighters like Wes Hardin sometimes
shoot after they're hit," explained Sellman in
telling why he Tired so many "fatal" shots
mi -a/n<; OF ///// i / >."
Fr< •■■ The i,ond >n Telegraph.
Tin.' suspected individuals, relates th* Furia
"Figaro." w. i recently arrested on tin Boule
vard Sebastopol by thi politi and conducted lo
the commissariat < I t' the Safntc Avayi quarter.
Oh< of them. Alfred Desobry. owing to his
Holiriquel of "th> kirn; of ihleves.*' was special
ly Interrogated by the commissaii ■ himself M.
Simand. The interrogation concluded, the ma^is
irate went i<> dinner. Bui no soon«-r had hi ar
rived at his hone than h< noticed that bis
watch and pocket hook had disappeared He re
turned 'iiii 1 ui> to. his office, thinking he had left
them on the table. i,:i i. Rougbi in vain Just
as he vas abandoning hN search an inspector
informed him that Desobry wished to sre him
to maki a mosi imp. .riant communication That
individual, «.n being Introduced, said, smilingly:
■•Monsieur, ptrmil im to rertorc lo you your
vvatcli and pockftbeok. 1 took th. m In ordci to
justify in voui eyes my title of 'king of thieve*. 1
I ■;"'■ :.t th. bottom, as you nee, mor< honetC
than you had supposed."