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TODAY'S REPUBLIC
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PART II.
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ST. LOUIS, MO.. SUNDAY. MAY IS, 1902,
NINETYFOUKTH YEAE.
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IRL'S SUCCESS AS
AN ARIZONA RANCHER
Miss Annette Taylor Took .Charge
of Mortgaged Herd and
Made It Pay.
DRESSES IN MEN'S CLOTHES.
Makes Display of Skill With Fire
arms in Order to impress
Cowboy's With Fact
That She Is Boss.
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TO blow vour own horn is the fashion of this great America!! Modesty has long ago been assigned to
i an ignominious tomb!! The public, however, will always find our advertisements to be an attempt
to resurrect the latter!! A hard task for one lone individual!! .
Prescott. Ariz.. May 17 Tt na the sea
son's brandlrg on the ni Cajon stock range
In Yavapai County, Arizona A blue-yed,
falr-balred woman of about 21 jears, astride
a thoroughbred horse, rode restlessly out
hlde the corral watching all, occas'cnally
glving orders to the men concerning their
work and the management of the cows and
talves yet to be branded
The vovng woman was Miss Am.ette Tay
lor, manager of one of the raot prosperous
cattle range" In the Terrltorj She was
made a steadily losing industry of five veais
ago pay 10 and 12 per cent a v ear on the In
vestment. If Miss Taylor's plans for this
ear carry her cattle range will Ield some
JS.0C0 net.
This role of a young woman rancher Is
the more uncommon because a little while
go she Knew no more about corrals, cat
tle, beef on foot, rodeos tnd vaqueros than
iinj- Eastern school girl does who was kept
buy In her school work and music and
reading. The Tailors lived In Aurora, I'!.
There was an Invalid son. two daughters
and the parents IMwaid J Tailor, the
father, was a grain dealer, and the family
1'ved a conventional, quirt life.
In lfc93, when Mr. Taj lor became a con
sumptive, he moved to Williams, Ariz . to
live an outdoor life nmong tlio mountains.
When he crew stronger in the Arizona
camp, he looked abo'it for an investment
und sent for his f.uuil. It came about
that he bought a cattle ranch across the
ban Francisco mountans and built a home
there among a clump of trees. There was
not a white man's domicile within six miles.
I'rescott Kleven Miles Anny.
Prc&cott. the nearest town, was eleven
miles away To the north, east and west
there was no human habitation for mnnv
more miles. The investment was a failure.
Ihe steer market was bad and grew worse,
t'llcves end cowboys made inroads upon the
Taj lor cm t tie !catlereu out over the range,
una Indians now and then slaughtered and
t'evoured tin sirek kine while they grazel
In remote cnr.onn When Mr. Taylor died In
February, lsar, he believed he was bank
lupl lie hail rpent oine JI7.W). A raort
Mtrfe of 515 u0 wuh on the herd and runire.
I Annette Tjtylor had been her Invalid fa
v ther'.s, helper 'n Ills last years She had
iiddcn uver the range for hint, hud kept
Vila accounts and had learned wlmost us
Vucli about the cattle lndiihliy as he. At
1 S death rhe act liersclf tu conducting till)
lanch
I'iscauragfmcnts that would havo
wimkeu most men c?mo to Annette Tai
lor i'i Miccerslon. Those were the darkest
pf nil days !n the famous hard rars
emiing cattlemen In the Southwest. Many
a pcrnun who had mode a fortune of J7I,-
th JIOJ.WO in u few jcara of cattle
mnililng, gave up the struggle, ilnanclalry
lulntu. A drought cim uion the Arlrona
attle range" in the inlil-t of their noes.
ll.it the joung woman raucheiu stuck
. 'lorgcdlv to lur-Tvoik, economized nt ev
iy point, lilted at. few- vaqueros an pos-i-fble,
all the time learning her business,
eeeklng fresh erasing spts) and protect
ing her rights.
Thirty Hours In Ihe Saddle.
Many a time she spent thirty hours at
n stretch in the- raddle. TJmo and again
slip had to exhibit her revolvers and make
n show iu; of her expertneas In firearms to
ImprcsM her determination upon outlaw
ihatsclers upon tlio frontier. Sho studied
the relative values of tho many straight
mid cross breeds of Texas longhorns
) Ialns rhorthorns. Sunota reds und New
Alexlco jitntes until stie became an author
it)' on the mast maiketnble sort of steers
nmuug Chicago and Kansas City beef buy
ers, I She pored over big, bulky volumes of
Seattle distempers and ellmsuts and learned
' tlielr muses and remedies, and thereby
lessened the death Ioes in her herd. Slio
. found that a largo part of the wild land
adjoining the Tailor range wan adapted for
lHlsIng mules, and, by putting; nom J3.1W
in icxas muies, s,ne lias niudo tnat a see
utidary but profitable pert of her work,
l-st summer she sold to the United States
Government forty mules for JS,W, and sho
will have mare for sale next season,
MIsh Taylor turned her attention to tba
worth of several varieties of forage
rrassca of Arizona for beef-making, and
lies planted vast acres of her rauga to a
nw kind ot forage obtained from Aus
tralia and specially adapted to regions of
draughts and herd. Kx-aovernor Merrill
of Flagstaff says there li no better In
formed catllo rancheru in the Southwest
than Annetto Taylor, She can talk an tho
pedigrees of Texas and Wyoming steers by
the hour.
Pnmlllar AVltb. Price.
She always knows the fluctuations In
prices for beef on hoof In tho Eastern mar
kets, and she 1 a veritable encyclopaedia
of information concernrcg- the complexity
of railroad transportation rates for cattle
and sheep from the Southwest stations to
Kansas City and Chicago.
When Miss Taylor had learned the mar
ket demands for good steers and when
and how best to fatten them, she had
virtually won her success. By the winter
of 183S-S9 the mortgage on the ranch had
nearly been paid and the herd had been
Increased one-third. In two months Miss
Taylor sold S14.00O worth of prime 4-year-old
steers. The ranch home has since been
enlarged, the range has been increased by
some EGO acres, the herd is three times
larger than ever and the Taylors have am
ple capital for their operations.
The son in the Taylor home Is a hope
less Invalid and t" him the girl ranchero
Is devoted, lie is an artist In olla. and
every little while orders go to the cities
for canvas; paints and studies for the in
valid's pleasure. A young sister, Allre,
ha been educated at a seminary in St.
Louis during the last few yeara She re
Yurned to the ranch last Jnne, and at once
Iljhtenec miss Annette b laoors oy Decern
ing; the ranch -bookkeeper, buyer and pay
master, along with a lot of concomitant
duties.
Wears Hea'n Clothes.
The two gt:U dress In men's clothes most
of the time when out on the range.
"We prefer that style of garb," said the
elder, "because It Is so suitable to our oc
cupation. I had several serious accidents
with my skirts when riding over the range
and through oanons, so that I threw 'con
ventionality to the winds and dressed like
a man; Then, too, a woman In trousers and
blouse has much more authority over the
class of rough, bluff men employed on a
cattle range than a conventional woman
has. Sometimes for weeks I do not see any
one who doe not live on our range. So
what do I care If my garb Is unusual? It is
o comfortable and safe for riding In a'
addle. As for side-saddles, they are unfit
for anyone's use, and would kill the tough
eat cowboy In a few months."
The ranoh home Is evidence of the re
lntment and ambitions of these girl man
sera of a cattle ranch. The large living
room walls are covered with etchings, water
colors and engravings chosen with good
taste. There are artistic easy chairs,
mahogany tables, cabinets of porcelains,
helves of books and Oriental tapestrlts. In
the little room used as the ranch office there
Is a steel stfe, a bis; desk, rows of drawers
full of business Utters and statements. A
sunny muslo room with a hardwood floor
and stained glass windows Is one of the
features of the bouse. The musical Instru
ments comprise a piano, xlthsr, violin and
cornet and visitors at the home tell of the
Joys of evening In the music room, when
Miss Annette h come In from her day's
work with the hsrd and vaqueros. She
plays ths plana, while her sister blows the
cornet and the brother handle th violin.
n
Special Sale of Black Goods
For This Week.
46-inch all wool Black Etaminc and Mohair Brilliantine
were 59c 37i4c
Sale price, Monday. 2
44-inch All-Wool Black Unfinished Worsted and Black All-Wool Whip
cord were 65c 4t 8 C
Sale Price
Black and White Embroidered Swiss and Black Moussclincde Soie
we re 39c OKp
m ss r
Sale Price.
Housekeeping Linens.
It isn't such hard work to make
a success of a linen sale if you j
have the proper goods. Ilere they
are and the prices are to the
liking of the Frugal Housewife.
70-inch wide Cream Table Dam
ask, satin finish and good
weight, the same damask other
stores show you for 50c aOQ
yard Our price, a. yd.. -
100 dozen All-Linen Bleached
Napkins, 22 inches square, in
floral designs, considered good
value at $1.35 a dozen During
this sale, a QQr
dozen
Fine Htick Towels, hemstitched,
pure white with red border, size
20x38 inches, good value at
25c each During this -t 7q.
sale, each -
Special in Bed Spreads, White
Crochet Spreads, Marseilles pat
terns, hemmed and read for
use, would be cheap at 85c each
During this sale, SQ,v
each 0t,lr
LACE DEPARTMENT
SPECIALS.
At -d i- a ar' ch'cc ' 103 pieces
AHJC very newest Laces, Serpen
tine Bands, black, white
anil butter colors; also Point de Paris
I.aces and Insertions to match, and
Mack silk Chantilly Laces, all go atlOc
a i arJ; w orth from loc to 25c a 3-ard.
100 dozen 'Wash Vtils, both white and
cream colors, lace edge, yard long; just
the thiiiR for hat
trimming; choice esM- ,, ,
of lot at .WOL' fitch.
Wesss.HssasaBassaHakasssssssssssssajwsSkasksssSfkassssB in s m 1 i r bhm-'
Carpet Rugs.
If we do not have stock sizes to
fit your rooms we can, on short
notice, make up any size wanted.
We carry all the best lines in Brus
sels, Velvet, Axminstcr and Mo
uuette Carpets at the STANDARD
CRAWFORD PRICES.
7.5c a yardBrnsscls Carpet s, with borders
lotnalch at "
Crawford's lor Dxf
81.00a yard Velvet Carpets, with borders
lo match; also hall and stair 7Qr
designs at Crawford's for v
1.25 to $1,35 a yard best grade Axmiuster Carpets, all with Q Qf
borders to match at Crawford's for JCJs
SI. 35 a yard very best Five-Frame Body Brussels C-J -JQI
Carp;ts-at Crawford's for l()1.1w2
iBBMBBBBSBSSaKSk
-""'iasHo?fiiHv
SILKS.
Special Cuts on Spsclal Lots.
26-inch Printed Foulard-extra line quality soft finish all new de
signswere 9Sc 50 c
Sale Price, Monday
Guaranteed Black Silk Taffeta were 75c Good Quality g)c
Sale Price, Monday.... ..
Black and Colored Silk Taffeta all shades were 50c fQc
Sale Price, Monday ---
These Silks are confined to.D. C. & Co.
EMBROIDERY
SPECIALS.
50 pirs Cambric Flouncing, actual
width 12 inrhes; also, 6 to 10 in. Yok
ing, regular value
dbcayaril, "! "
-0- r W vi
choice at
rard.
SS5 beautiful imported Shirt 'Waist Pat
terns, embroidered and Point Venice
Lace, burned-out effects, regular value
3.60 to .5.00,
choice of the &1 EasTa
lotat kpAsOvJ Each.
Not found elsewhere,
1ibx Go
3T Hf
Housefurnishings.
65 Fancy Jardiniere Stools, 2Sf
worth 50c Special OV
42 Fancy Bamboo Tables, well made,
large size, worth 52.00- Q Qr
Special JOC
Canvas Trnnks, brass trimmed, fiber
bound, heavy clamps, springlock, large
sir:5.0.:. $4.98
$2.00 Clothes Wringers,
rubber rolls
Dinner Sets
At Almost Half Price.
$1.19
Carts.
$1.00 Step Ladder, with bucket fiQ-
rest.Gfeet LPV
$1.25 Folding Curtain Stretcher, OQr
reliable make OC7C
7Ec Galvanized Iron
Tubs
Go-Carts, fancy design, adjustable back
and front, enameled gear, rubber tires,
with parasol- (05 Q
Special )pCJmrl?
Go-Carts, fancy design, all the latest
improvements, real Ul7 O Q
value 10.00 Special ....Lp.aO
75c Folding Wasn
Benthes.,
50c Fancy Japanese Crumb
Brush and Tray ,
Cc Table
Glasses .
49c
39c
25c
2c
Just received, five crates of Eng
lish Porcelain Dinner Sets, (all
we could get). These sets con
tain 100 pieces and are hand
somely decorated: they are the
best bargains ever sold in Din
ner Sets, and are worth $10.50
while they
last
$6.98
Dinner Sets inwhite china, 100
1 -pieces,
new shapes worth
$6.50
Special ..
$3.98
Lace Curtains, Portieres
and Bed Sets.
SPECIAL CLEARING!!
75 Rope Portieres for full-size doors, used
as samples, regular Yalue -J Q EL
from $2.50 to $3 now..-1'-
150 Nottingham Lace Bed Sets, extra
size, regular value flj-j 5 ft
$2.25-now.. set, kP1,OU
250 pairs Nottingham and Scotch Lace
Curtains, manufacturer's seconds,
regular value $1.25 to $1.50 f C
now pair,
Japanese Porch Awnings, 4j! -J O 55
size 6x8 qJA.O
Brass Extension
Rods each,
Cottage Rods, 4 feet, in oak, mahogany and
white, were 15c now
Three-Panel Screens, silkoline filling,
were $1.00 now
34c
9c
69c
White Goods.
Heavy Welt Pique for Dress Skins,
evcryvvhvri' 2Sc, at Crow- Qn
ford's "
.IS-inch Ilnrmali Cloth, In bine, pink,
UUick and white, a new Mimmer
fal)ric,,.'i0c quality, special
pi ice;
40c
Sheer- tJMiop Lawn, 40 inches wide,
the '20e quality. Crawford's -g f
fecythe cut price -LOC
Solid color Lappet Swisses, in pastel
shades, 15c, value, special -i A
price AUt
Domestics.
Goods in this line have ad
vanced, and are still marching upwards-
We are able to keep at
old nricesbccause we purchased a
stock-months ago.
Yard-.vvIde.IlIe.'U'heil Muslin, lu lengths
from' 10 to 20 yauR soft finish me-
V T
ditiiii weight cloth others consider
thrm cheap nt 7c a jard. but while
threjt Inst we sell them at, a SJr
jard 1
Viililfclii'il, Sheetlup 0-1 wide for 1I011
1)1? Wds. tho snttie you havtt been pay
lngiino a yanl for, this . - Qi
wrk, a. yard LmZK
300 dozen ready made Pillow Cases,
slzo 42a:5, made of nlatetlal that cost
to buy 10c a yard, whllo tins' - Q.
lot lasts, each . ... ''
y D- CRAWFORD & CO,, J J "Washington Avenue
Sisth. Street.
MYSTERIOUS ENEMIES FOLLOW
THE MARQUIS OF CORDOVA.
Nobleman's Thrilling Story of Adventure in Proving Title to Vast
Spanish Estates For Two Years His Life Has Been One of
Perpetual Terror He Is Now in New York City.
FIRST ATTACKED WHILE HE WAS VISITING MONTE CARLO.
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XEvtnrLio steciai
Jew York..lIay 17. In the adventure of
Sir. Carlo Cattapanl, Marquis de Cirdova,
now living in New York, there would ap-.
joar to be arnpla material of adventure for
a dozen novels. The Marquis belongs to one
ottho oldest of the titled families of Italy.
.Some two years acq he started to secure
certain papers to be used" in substantiatins;
his claims to a large Spanish estate. Since;
then in every city he has visited his lire'
has been one of perpetual terror. In a pro-(
sale Harlem apartmsnt, as in' Italy, at'
Monte Carlo or In London, his life appears
to be- constantly- menaced.
,BT THE MARQUIS OF CAXIDOVA.
My adventures. I fully realize, must ap
pear almost Incredible to most people.. Dur
ing; the lastj-ear I have been, unwillingly
enough, tho hero, or perhaps I shoula say
the victim, of many extraordinary adven
tures. I have been merely attempting to
rather some information in order to prove
ray claim, or. rather that of my family, to
t certain larg estates in Spain. My castles
4n Spain, I may mention Incidentally, are
at present valued At about two and a halt
million dolla-s.
px eatherlnc of such data -sronld appear
to be a vefy simple legal proceeding , such
as Is carried on by thousand. Prcm the
first, however, I hnve been followed relent
lessly, my life has been repeatedly threat
ened, and several defperate attempts have
been made to do away with me. I have
been followed half way nround the world
through many cltle. My apartments here
In New York appear to be ns closely
vatcheJ ns they were when I was abroad.
and my every movement Is followed. My
body bears the scars of brutal arntilts from
which I b.ircly escaped with my life.
Meanwhile I havo employed defectives .ind.
the Italian Consuls In several countries have
carried on Investiirations, but without once
discoverlnir any deflnite Information con-
-cemlnc my enemies.
Orifrln of the Valuable Clnttnn.
Ths situation as regards the estate Is ex
' tremely simple. It may be stated very
briefly. My family is half Spanish In its
descent, and both branches have been ex
tremely wealthy for centuries. Some years
ago the head of 'our family, my grandfather,
was Informed that certain properties In
Spain were about to be j settled up to the
value of two or three million dollars, and
that his presence in Spain would be neces
saiy. At the time my grandfather's health was
poor. A trip to Spain was, besides, a serious
undertaking, lie was possessed of large. es
tates and be was discouraged from making
tho trip. The settlement of the estate was
consequently delajed.
Some vears Inter mv famllv was suddenly
bereft, by political complications, of prac
tically all Its wealth. In its necessity the
Spanish estate was recalled and plans were
made to bring about a final settlement. To
our confusion It was then found that sev
eral papers necessary lo establish our claim
were missing The papers had In them
selves no Intrinsic value, and had been car
ried off. I believe. In tba robbery of some
valuables.
The matter remained at a standstill for
some time. Meanwhllo our estate, what re
mained of It, dwindled. I became an artist
and was reduced to working for my living.
I make no apology for this. Though my
family Is one of the oldest of the Italian
nobility I am republican In my sjmpathles
and am proud to work.
It remained for me, it seemed, to seek for
this mlsring evidence, and. If possible, to
gain possession of the lost estate. My stake
was a large one and well worth the effort.
I employed French detectives, and after
considerable investigation we obtained a
clew. There were two papers wo especially
sought, one being the charter originally
granted by the King of Spain to my an
cestors, which announced that the estate
could never be transferred.
The detectives believed that they had lo
cated these papers, and I was summoned to
London. Meanwhile news of the search had
evidently reached those at present In pos
session of the estate. I can only surmise
that upon this the two starttd out in the
same search or with the Intention ot dis
suading me.
Fired Upon nt 3Ionte Carlo.
My first admonition of danger came
quickly. I was staving at Monte Carlo
when one night as I was walking alone
near the Casino I was suddntly fired upon.
Remember, I wns not at all suspicious at
the time, and I attributed it to some at
tempt at robherv.
Shortly after this I went to London and
while there my suspicions thDt I was being
followed were quickly confirmed. I re
ceived an anonvmous lettT In Spanish,
which announced cilmly that I shouSd nev
er be allowed to gain the estate and told
me If I valued my life to Instantly desist
from the enterprise and call oft my detec
tives, evidently I was considered cancer
ous. The warning only served to strengthen
my determination.
Realizing my danger. I nt once, went to
the Italian Ambasncler. tbe IJaron de Ren
zls. who took a great interest In my case.
Sot the sllzhtet clew to mv enemies, how
ever, was discovered. A fw dijs later mv
art work carried me to Birmingham, and
here awaited me a jet more serious adven
ture. I was walking one night In a dark
and dererttd street when I was suddenly
set upon by two men and almost Instantly
knocked senseless.
I was afterwards found lying on the pave
ment and carried to my friends. Had I
needed any further evidence of the nature
of my assailants, it wns certoinlv disclosed
at this time. I carried considerable money
with me and some Jewelry, including a giild
watch, yet not a thing was taken. Instead,
all the papers I had with me were stolen
from my pockets. Luckily none were of any
great value.
The case puzzled the police and the news.
papera wrote of it as a great mvstery. und
there the matter dropped. I recovered from
my wounds and returned to London. I have
reason to know that my enemies followed
me very closely.
Shortly aftr reaching London I received
the best of npws from America. My detect
ive wrote me to come to New York at once,
that mv presence was absolutely necessary,
for he believed he had dflnitcly located the
missing papem He had come into communi,
cation with some man in Pueblo. Colo . I
believe, who had the papfrs and was willing
to give them up to the rightful owner for a
consideration. I at once set about making
ready for my Journey.
Assaulted by Three Masked Men.
And here another mystery developed. I
appears my enemies knew my plans as well
as I did myself. Just before ray departure
I started out to call on some friends. On
my return at n late hour I was assaulted
In my own house by three masked men.
They sprang at me from out of the dark
before I could defend myself or give an
alarm. I rav myself up for lost They
quickly bound, gauged ana tied me -securely
to my bed. Leaving me -In this position,
they calmly, before ray eyes, ransacked my
rooms for papers, taking every scrap they
could lay their bands on. They then turned
on tho gas jet full head, but not until they
had carefully replenished the open fire.
Thereupon they left me to my fate. Only a
Spaniard could have Invented such tortures.
I realized that the gas was becoming
heavier and must ultimately reach the open
flames of my grate. I should be suffocated
by the gas. and In the explosion whlcn fol
lowed every clew of tho murder would be
destroyed. My situation was desperate,
when, by the luckiest of accident, my Jani
tor chanced to pass through the hall. He
smelled the gas. traced It to my room and
suved me.
Mv friends were greatlv alarmed and
j urged me to place the matter In the hands)
j of th police. Nothing ever cams of the In-
vestlgatlon. For greater safoty. and at tho
urgent rollcltat'on of m friends. 1 spent my
last davs In London at a flrend's house in
Orosvenor Square. Day and night while 1
was there the place was watched. Th
papers mentioned it as a "mysterious af
fair." I sailed for America on the Majestic
Tuesday. April 9. 1901. At last. I thought, I
was on the rlsht track, and. certainly, at
this distance from Spain I was safe. I
soon discovered my mistake. Shortly aftr
my arrival I received a letter at my ad
dress, in One Hundred and Twentv-fourth
street, written in Spanish, requesting me to
meet ltw author nt South ferry. New York,
and bring my papers with me. The letter
went on to state that if mv claims were
substantiated 1 cocld come into possession
of the long-sought-for papers then anl
there.
I was over'ojed at th-new. Mv' troubles.
I thought, were at last at an end. Never
theless, 1 took the precaution to place my
papers in afe deposit vault downtown
and to go without them.
Lured Into a Ciirrlnge.
I was to meet my men at 10 o'clock on a
Monday morning. I was on hand promptly.
As I came down from the' elevated stairway
1 not'eo 1 a cloned carriage a four wnee'.er
drawn ud by the sidewalk in South street,
a short distance from the corner. I ap
proached It. and two men. evidently forelpn
'is. came up to me and called me by name.
They asked mp to step Into the carriage
nn.l i tilth (ham tn an nlTtfn n f.A-A ,.,,
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, affairs could be arranged. I did so. and
noticed at the time that the driver was nn
111 favored fellow and an lj.1liFhm.an.
Trom Ihe Instant I entered the carriage
my mind Is a blank. I was struck over the
head at Ieat. I still carry a scar. From
my symptoms afterward ..I fancy I was al'o
treated to a SpanUh narcotic.
Awoke In a Shabby Room.
This was on a Monday, and I did not re
gain consciousness until the following Fri
day. I awoke to rind mv-lf sufferint great
ly in a small, shabby apartment. evldntlv
FOtnc rough hut. I lay for some time, half
dazed, trvlng to coIlct mvself. I was ly
ing on a rough bed. Mv attention was final
ly attracted bv the sound of volets In an
ndjolnlng room. At first I could not dis
tinguish what they ald. but later they
became more animated and rosre to a higher
pitch. Finally I distinctly heard one 3ay:
"No. no: if It 13 to be murder. I will have
nothing to do with It."
I had heard enough and rose as bet I
might from mv bed.
Moving directly about I found som" small
sticks, which I inrerted under the door bv
way of wedges. I reasoned that If they tried
to open the door as I was breaking out this
would at least gain some time for me.
Going to the window and looking out I
found that it was a dark night and that
tho sihanty stood alone In a very Isolated
position.
I did not wait to Investigate, but burst
open tho window, and. leaping out, ran for
my life. I was weak from hunger, and sev
eral times stumbled and fell, but soon put a
good distance between me and the house. I
remember crossing some trolley tracks,
many open fields, and finally came out upon
what I afterward discovered to be Prospect
Park. Brooklyn.
I leave the reader to draw his own conclu
sions. I found mvself without a cent, and
was obliged to wa'k from there to mv home.
In li'th street- My friends, meanwhilewere
greatly alarmed about me. My secretary
went to the Harlem Police- Station and later
to police headquarters. The services of the
Italian Consul in New York were asked.
ritipa then T have reneatedlv traveled mrer
I the ground between Coney Island and Pros
pect JfarK wnere me irai must siana, Dut l
have failed to recognize it.
A few weeks ago I Inserted an advertise
ment In a Sunday paper asking for Informa
tion concerning the cottage between Coney
Island and Prospect Park, and pffcrinc a
reward for the Information. I received but
a single reply.whlch came promptly enough.
It was a postal card with a red cross)
marked upon it, and nothing-more. A few
dajs ago I again advertised, this time of
fering a reward of J1.CC0. I am still await
ing a reply. Meanwhile I have moved. In
order to put my enemies off the track, yet
I have reasons to believe that my move
ments are perfectly familiar to the agents
of those. In possession of my Spanish estate.
MASTODON SKELETON FOUND.
Indiana Workingmen Discover It
in n Ditch.
REPUniJC SPECIAL.
Stimmitvllle. Ind.. May 17. Workmen dig
ging a ditch on the farm of William Coch-
rap'just west of town,.have. .unearthed tho
bones of a mastodon. Several of the teeth
weigh, five pounds each- The skeleton is
almost perfect, but th? bones are greatly
scattered. Andrew Kllsnorth. the man
whose sjsadc brought the fossil remains to
light, 'bay taken possession of them.
Kurtnue-Tpller I'rosrcnted.
'RHPtTIlLlC .SPECIAL.
Shnmokhr, Pa., May ,17. Charged with
practicing fortune-telling. Madame Carrie
DeCozfn,' has been placed under ball for
court.
One of her prosecutors Is a man residing
In 'Hickory Ridge. He said she visited his
residence and, told Jilm thaf for J1D she
would cause his1 wife,-who Is In Europe, to
appear svddenly before him. The infor
mstton staggered him so badly that he
sought the aid of the police to'preVent such
a disaster
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