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I' '1» ■[ ISTORY repeats itself. Fencing,
H the knightly accomplishment,
which, 6ave in a limited circle,
hud become almost a loat art,
J^LJI again has the call. Gymna
siums all over the country have taken up
the sport and It is particularly popular
among society folk. Minneapolis "mas
ters at arms" report that they have their
hands full instructing pupils in fencing.
If they had the time they could easily
double their classes.
It is frequently difficult to trace the ex
act origin of a fad but the relation exist
ing between the fad and the popular
school of literature is most intimate.
Each may excite or Inspire the other;
■witness the craze for Napoleonic collec
tions ana. the vogue enjoyed by the Na
poleonio literary work, historical or pure
fiction. Also the "Hoot Mon" fad, par
ticularly marked in literature, but which
doubtless had a great deal to do with popu
larizing the royal and ancient game of
SWORDSMEN NOW AND 1 HEN
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FENCER—MONSIEUR BEAU- THE TWENTIETH CENTURY FENCER — THE MASTER-AT
CAIRB, THE DILLETANTE SWORDSMAN — HERO OF ARMS OF TO-DAY WITH FOIL AND MASK.
BOOTH TARKINGTON'S DAINTY TALE.
Chinamen Pass as Japs
Chicago, Dec. 14.—Chinese have a new scheme for getting into the United States
in spite of the exclusion laws, according to a discovery which had been made by the
Japanese consul's office in Chicago. It is announoed by Chancellor Komma of the
Chicago Japanese consulate that several Chinese had clipped off their queues and rep
resented themselves as Japanese.
■ MAY PAY RANSOM
U. S. to Give Up Whole Amount Aalced
or Miss Stone.
Xlhv TorJc Sun Bpeoial S»rvio»
Sofia, Dec. 14.—Rev. Mr. Washburne,
director of Roberts college at Constanti
nople, has arrived here on a confidential
mission connected with the release of Misa
Stone. It is rumored that the United States
will pay the full ransom demanded by Uie
THE SCHLEY COURT OF INQUIRY
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eßi^?Lm^ m Tb,f™, COnT} areat the hf a<i °Z he-tab Dewey in the center, Benham on his right and Ramsay on his left.
tJ^l t«™£ t r T^if y; 3udge advocate general, and in fiont of him Schley.: Behind stands.Hanna, Lemley's associate Acroaa the
tabte 6tands;Jere Wilson, (now deceased) and next to him are Eayner:smd' Parker. Schley's counsel «"»u»-i«i«. *<-""« w
golf. So with fencing, the causes for the
revival may l>e naturally sought iv litera
ture and there they are quickly found.
In the romantic school, revived a few
years ago and still the center of public
interest, the man with the sword is dis
The small boy who devours the yellow
back novel of the Red Ike variety has been
known to encumber himself with all kinds
of sanguinary hardware and start out on
the warpath after aboriginal scalps. The
sedate man of affairs who la thrilled by
the passages at arms recited in any of the
romantic novels, who suddenly discovers
that he needs physical exercise and hies
him off to a fencing teacher, would prob
ably repudiate the insinuation that he was
influenced by so trivial a thing as a novel
but he is certainly as much open to suspi
cion as the aforesaid small boy.
The " 'Sdeath" Style of Hero.
Critics frequently predict that writers
Klmber of Montana Must Serve for
Manslaughter. . ~
Special to The Journal.
Helena, Mont., Dec. 14.—Ben Kimber,
■who killed Jacob Leininger in Broadwater ;
county and was found guilty of man
slaughter, has been sentenced to eight
years In the state penitentiary.
Mixj live Romance Inspired
Modern. Jons o/ The vlword?
of current romantic fiction will leave no
lasting contribution to literature. How
ever that may be, future historians look
ing back over this era can hardly fail to
accord to present-day novelists the dis
tinction of having again brought the noble
art of fencing into popular favor.
Select a book at random from the novels
which have "made a hit" during the last
year or two, and what do you find? Two
men in hose and doublets and flowing
hair—not to speak of other equally scanty
attire —having at each other with flash
ing blades of steel. You can't lose them;
they are the dominant characters through
out the thread of the narrative. Open the
book haphazard and read on; it is the
same—the fighting man is still in the cen
ter of the stage. No matter where you
turn, in peaceful sylvan scenes, beside
the babbling brook, where least expected,
you come suddenly on the field of honor.
The air is hot with "Gad's life," -odds
bodkins," '"sdeath," "gadqooks," and
other strange oaths.
No novel that pretends to deal with
colonial times in our own country or runs
glibly on about the brave days of old in
Prance or England is complete unless its
hero runs the scheming villain through
and succeeds in neatly spitting several'
more or less objectionable characters be
fore the story's dom j. Turn to the index
and you are sure to find the inevitable
duel scene. The authors fairly revel in
scenes of bloodshed, and justify indiscrim
inate murder so long as cold steel does
Cavaliers come into the open and flip
up a coin. The principals draw apart, j
throw aside their coats of many colors,
and parry and thrust until the greensward
is died a crimson hue. One of them being
stretched limp and lifeless on the sod be
cause of some real or fancied insult, the
victor and his followers go back to court
in triumph to bask in the smiles of fair
women and "make good" at the gaming
It is an old familiar scene, and has left
Four Boston Men Are Convicted of
Boston, Dec. 14. —Four of the five men
tried on an indictment charging conspir
acy to induce illegal voting at a republi
can caucus in ward 21 last September,
were found guilty to-day. The convicted
men are: Former Councilman Alfred New
march, William L. Lord, warden of the
caucus; Former Representative Temple A. |
"VVinsloe and John Rogers. Sentence was
M. E. CONFERENCE SOUTH
Adjourns at Helena to Meet Next
Year at Stevensvllle.
Special to The Journal.
Helena., Mont.. Dec. 14. —The annual
conference of the Methodist church South,
which has been in session here, adjournea
to meet next year in iStevensville.
THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
an indelible impress on the public mind
to-day. So, now all over the country
fencing masters are working over-time
teaching ihe young idea how to fence.
Gymnasiums «nd athletic associations
generally are cultivating fencing, and
were it not for the fact thai masks and
breastplates wore worn it is quite likely
they would not all be bloodless duels.
Here in Minneapolis the romance and
the foil are in such vogue that the book
stores and the public library can hardly
keep the books on their shelves, while
fencing teachers are all busy. Even the
fair co-eds at the university have caught
the spirit, and many of them engage in
daily practice at the armory with the
foils. Several are said to have become
quite proficient in the use of the weapons
intended for stronger hands than theirs.
Beaiicnlre 'Gainst the Field.
For all this—or a part of It —we must
thank the romancers who have been set
ting our blood a-tingle with their stirring
tales these days. In Monsieur Beaucaite,
which is all the rage now, the man with
the sword is most in evidence. Here you
will find the hero after whom the book
was named, valiantly defending himself
1 against all comers and using his sword as
an effective argument where words fail,
whenever opportunity offers. Witness the
"On foot, his hat gone, his white coat
sadly rent and gashed. Monsieur Beau
eaire, wary, alert, brilliant, seemed to
transform himself Into a dozen fencing
masters. Two of his adversaries were
prostrate and more than one were groan
j ing," etc.
We learn of the hero, "Ramon Bell," in
the very introduction of "D'ri and I,"
which Is also having a run now, that
though "but a month in the army I have
not seen a man before who could handle
horse and sword as if a part of him."
Mr. Bell introduces himself to his audi
ence in this stirring fashion:
"My father was a mountaineer of Ver
mont —a man of steely sinews, who took
well to the grip of a sword. He cut his
way to fame in the northern army, when
the British came first to give us battle,
and a bloody way it was. Ethan Allen
called my father the best guardsman who
ever straddled a horse. He went to Mon
treal as a boy to be educated, took les
sens in fencing, fought a duel, ran away
from school and came home with a little
learning and a wife.'
"Count Hannibal" is another case in
point. He was one of your swash-buckling
swordsmen who always court death at the
rapier's point, c'en when they have their
enemies in their power. He it was who,
"regarding as a pasttime a sword and
dagger conflict between four walls, where
he had his man completely at his mercy,
yet magnanimously consented to fight
Tignonville—was ready to discard the ad
vantage, to descend into the lists and risk
lift- for a whim, a fancy—for madam
"When KiiiKhthood Was in Flower."
There was lots of bitter business in
"When Knighthood Was In Flower." It
is in a duel scene that the reader's first
real close acquaintance with the hero,
Brandon, is scraped. Says Caskoden, who
tells it well:
"It was a misty morn in March. Bran
don has told me since that when his
brother took his stand, it was at once
manifest that he was Judson's superior,
both in strength and skill, but after a few
strokes the brother's blade bent double
and broke off short at the hilt, when It
should have gone home. Thereupon, Jud
son, with a malignant smile of triumph,
deliberately selected his opponent's
heart, and pierced it with his sword, giv
ingthe blade a twist as he drew it out in
order to cut and mutilate the more.
"In an instant Sir William's doublet wa,s
off and he was in his dead son's tracks,
ready to avenge him or die. Again the
thrust, which should have killed broke the
sword, and the father died as the son had
"After this came Charles, but so great
was his strong heart, not one whit fear
ing to lie beside his dead father and
Charles discovered what his father and
brother had been unable to penetrate—
that Judson wore a coat of mail. So
Charles decided to tire him out. When
Judson be£an to breathe hard and his
thrusts to lack force,
"Boy," he said, "I would spare you; I
have killed enough of your tribe; put up
your sword and call it quits."
"Stand your ground, you coward; you
Collision on N. P. in North
Special to The Journal.
Jamestown, N. D., Dec. 14. —In a colli
sion, betweea two Northern Pacific light
engines eight miles east of Jamestown at
4 o'clock this morning, Engineer John
Boyle had his left leg broken in two
places, Brakeman Charles Scott had his
face badly cut and Fireman Albert
Rietsch had one of his legs injured. The
rest of the crews escaped unhurt.
The engines are a total wreck. They
were running at a high rate of speed. En
gineer Richards of the west bound en
gine failed to see the signals at Spirltwood
and ran two miles past the station, when
the collision occurred. The Injured men
■were taken to the Brainerd hospital to
day. Traffic on the Northern Pacific was
delayed several hours.
Why Waste Time?
Go west over the Minneapolis & St.
Louis R. R. Leave home later, but get
there just as quick.
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will be a dead man as soon as you grow a
little weaker. If you try to run I will
thrust you through the neck as I would
a cur. Listen how you snort. I shall
soon have you; you are almost gone. You
would spare me, would you? I could
preach a sermon or dance a hornpipe while
1 am killing you. I will not break my
sword on your coat of mail, but will wait
until you fall from weakness, and then —
fight, you bloodhound!"
Isn't that enough to get you going?
"At last by a dextrous twist of his blade
Brandon sent Judson's sword flying thirty
feet away. The fellow started to run, but
turned and fell upon his knee 3 to beg for
life. Brandon's reply was a flashing cir
cle of steel and his sword cut lengthwise
through Judson's eyes and the bridge of
his nose, leaving him sightless and hide
ous for life—a revenge compared to which
death would have ben merciful."
'Think of it—all on account of thirty
cents lost at the gaming table because
The Duke of Buckingham, who thought
he was some as a swordsman had several
encounters with Brandon which he great
ly regretted. On one occasion when he
barred Brandon'3 passage to Milady's
chamber, "like a flash Brandon's sword
was out of its sheath and Buckingham's
sword was flying toward the ceiling.
Brandon's sword was sheathed again so
quickly that one could hardly believe it
had been out at all, and picking up Buck
ingham's sword, he said, with a half
" 'My lord has dropped his sword.' He
then broke its point with his heel against
the hard floor, saying: "I will dull the
point lest my lord, being unaccustomed to
its use, wound himself.' "
How humilating for the duke!
In Good Old Colony Hays.
Here's a bit from Richard Carvel in his
duel with Lord Comyn:
"I had scarcely felt his lordship's wrist
than I knew I had to do with a pupil of
Angelo. At first his attacks were all sim
ple without feint or trickery, as were
mine. Comyn began to press me, nor did
I give back. And then, before it came
over me that we had to do with life and
death, he was upon me with a vote coupe,
feinting in high carte and thrusting in low
tierce, his point passing through a fold in
my shirt, and I were not here to write
these words had I not leaped out of his
measure. * * *
"Once I thought I had him in the guard
arm after a circular parry, but he was
too quick for me. We were breathing free-
I ly iby now and by reason of the buzz
in my ears I could scarce hear the ap
plause of the second. What unlucky
chance it was I know not that impelled
Comyn to essay again the trick by which
he had come so near to spitting me; but
try (it he did. this time in prime and
seconde. I parried, circled and straight
ened my body, in swift motion, my point I
at Coniyn's heart."
Passing on to "Sons of the Sword," we
find Labouronnaye and Vidal fighting
fiercely with their ladies looking on from !
an embowered portico.
"Steel clashed upon steel swifter and
sharper than hammer on anvil," and it
looked bad for the former when the wom
en cut in and stopped the fight.
In the "Seats of the Mighty," Captain
Moray, telling "the story of his life," re
lates that he went to school in High
street and learned Latin and other ac- j
complishments, together with fencing from
an excellent master.
Hamilton Tregnether was "too many"
for Major Devinsky in "By Right of!
Sword." Hamilton "covered his adver- i
sary with ridicule, outfenclng him at all
points and inflicting a hundred skjn
wounds to show him and the rest how
completely he had been at his mercy.
With consummate ease.Tregnether's sword
point played around Devinsky like an elec
tric spark about a magnet. Devinsky was
like a child in his feeble efforts to follow
its dazzling swiftness.
Clearly, Devinsky -was outclassed.
The Tallest Story of the Lot.
All other duels chronicled fade into in
significance and seem mere child's play as
compared with the performance of the
lion-hearted, dare-devil Captain Ralph
Percy in "To Have and To Hold." All
other swordsmen of the ancient or modern
times must take off their ehapeaux and
bow very low to this fearless gentleman
Captain Percy had, in addition to his
remarkable prowess with the sword, the
qualities which would have made him sue-
HEAVY DEATH RATE
Over 250 Per 1.000 Per Year in Boer
London, Dec 14.—The delay in the pub
lication of the October and November re
turns from the concentration camps, is
sued today, was Apparently due to the
government's desire to accompany the an
nouncement of the high death rate with
some explanation. The blue book Issued
to-day shows 3,156 deaths of whites in
October, of which number 2,633 were chil
dren, and 2,807 deaths of whites In Novem
ber, of which 2,271 were children. This
makes the total number of deaths for the
last six months 13,941, or a death rate ap
proximating 253 per year per 1,000.
FASTER MAIL SERVICE
Canadian and Imperial Governments
London, Dec. 14. —It is stated that an
important agreement will shortly be ar
rived at in connection- with the proposed
fast mail service to Canada. It is un
derstood that, he long-standing difficulty
as to the proportion of the subsidy to be
■borne by the imperial government will
be disposed of by the dominion govern
ment making a greater contribution upon
condition that the contractors give special
facilities for carrying Canadian dairy and
other produce for the home market.
SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 1901.
cessful as a plunger or promoter, in these
degenerate days. He was a good "bluft'nr,"
and he never failed to make his bluff
Surrounded by a desperate, cursing'
pirate crew—bent on forcing thorn to ac-'
knowledge his leadership on condition that
h« could best tht three cut-throats whose
murderous bidding they had followed, in
the loot of many a ship—Percy successive
ly backed his antagonists "off the boards"
and forced the spectators to admit that
he was indeed Kirby, the pirate king.
The cutlass of Red Gil, the best blade of
Lima and the sword of Paradise, were
alike unavailing against the husband of
the "king's ward."
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SOMEHOW THE COMBAT DOESN'T SEEM SO HOMAXTIC WITHOUT
THE JACK BOOTS AND THE CAVALJER PLUMES.
"I first!" roared Red Gil. 'God's
wound ! there will need no second!"
As he spoke he swung his cutlass and
made an arc of blue ilame. The weapon in
his hands became a' flail, terrible to look
upon, making lightnings and whistling in
the air, but in reality not so deadly as it
But Captain Percy "was ever master
of his sword" and presently "ran him
through with as little compunction and as
great a desire to be quit of a dirty job as
if he had been a mad dog."
The Spaniard-was a more formidable an
tagonist. Percy wounded him slightly
and presently succeeded in disarming him.
THE MODERN "FAT BOY" WHO READS
OF THE "BEST SWORD IN FRANCE"
AND IS INSPIRED TO EMULATE HIM
Birthday Gift of Fire
Shanghai, Dec. 14.—0n the occasion of the Emperess Dowager's birthday some
members of a secret society set fire to the palace at Kaifeng-fu. Two buildings were
Those Who Will Meet MinnesotAiis
Chicago, Dec. 14.—The debating team
which is to represent the University of
Chicago in the intercollegiate contests of
the year and will meet the Minnesota
i team early in January was chosen last
night. The six men who had qualified
for the final trials debated the question
"Resolved, that the action of the United
States was hasty and ill advised in ex
tending the franchise to the Negro."
The decision was given in favor of
the affirmative, and the three affirmative
speakers— P. Lewis, Vernon S. Phillips
and A. S. Huston— the cash
prizes. R. L. Head, was chosen as alter
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"Am I Kirby?" demanded the gallant
captain, his point at the other's breast.
"Kirby, of course, senor," replied the
other, not without wit, his eyes upon the
It was a hard fight with Paradise, but
slowly and surely the captain wore him
out. He made the thrust of a boy of
fifteen and the captain "smiled as he put
"Why don't you end it?" he breathed.
"Finish and be d —d to you!"
For answer Percy "sent his sword flying
over the nearest hillock of sand."
"Am I Kirby?"
He fell back against the heaped-up sand
and leaned there, panting with his hand
to his side.
"Kirby or devil," he replied. ''Have
it your own way."
That did the business. In the role of
Captain Kirby, Percy at once took coiu
ir'Lind of the pirate ship and sailed away
with the "king's ward," escaping starva
tion on a lonely islan.l.
This by no means exhausts the
logue of ranior artists, but it is enough
to show the general tendency of the ro-
With what form of physical prowess will
the romance of a hundred years hence
deal? —H. L. K.
"THE BEST SWORD IX FRANCE." TTL
SWASHBUCKLING HERO OF REVIVE
ROMANCE. HE HAD A TOUCHY TEM
PER AND A NERVOUS SWORD.
HUNGRY AND COLD
Kluin, Minn., Runaway Boys Taken
From a. Boxcar at Baraboo.
Special to The Journal,
Baraboo, Wis., Deo. 14. —Two lads, aged
about 12 and 13 years, were found In a car
of bran in the North-Western yards herd
yesterday hungry and benumbed with cold.
They gave their names as Howard Uhl
and Walter A. Gilloe and said they ran
away from their home In Elgin, Minn.,
and started out to see the world. Their
parents are well to do and have been no
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