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THE REPUBLIC: SUNDAY arftNUMlVE , 1903.x
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DA'X IS." SAID DICKENS
WRiTTEv jron tub pi'noat nFrrnuf.-
Refore letvfng for Europe last Wednes
day Mr. Wilbcrfon-e Jenkins requested me
to take charge of Ii! collection of "Anecdote-
That Mlcht I!ac Been" and to soc
thif; tin y- reached the public eje In proper
Mr Jenkins has- always hid the highest
admiration for tbfs form of literature. It
was his contention, based upon his scientific
ob-rHfioTirlif the habits of the anecdote,,
thit while tlioe that exist are delightful
In every way there mlcht hac ben thou
sands of others of equal Interest to mankind
Ind the occasion for them arisen.
It delighted, him always and at the same
time, filled him tilth regret, to speculate
upon w'hatDoctor John'on would have. said
' to Andrew lanc. and Alee versa, hid time
nd the "fates not conspired to ke-p these
two worthies apart
"Whit a pity It is. he thought, that just
1iccauc of a lapse of years, insignificant hv
themselves; -the retort Croesus would-have
made to Russell Sage's Offer of an apple for
luncheon Is lost to mankind. " 4
Having these Ideas hf'mind Mr. Jenkins1
at mucli cost of time nnd energy, after
great research worthy n the work, put to
gether the following stories, every one of
which ho assured me. and I believe, would
Jiave been true it they had ever happened;
nrpjvcnt from beinz true only by the .fact
that they never had the chance to hajipen,
jet arc! none the less quite as worth of
preservation n" W per cent of their more
fortunate, stepbrothers in fact.
I present them precisely as Mr. Jenkins
handed them" to me. altering onlj nn occa
sional spelling here and there and supply
Ins crosses and dots for Mr Jerkins's t's
und l's whenevo- he' happened to omit them.
JOHN KENDRICK BANGS.
Tt wns shortly nfter hU election to tho
r pew , tin
I wit enc
Tnlted States Senate that Chauncev M. 1)e-
thc famous orator, statesman and
encountered Demosthtiies,tfce- dlsilo-
Greek orator, walking along Penn
sylvania avenue at Washington "
Tho flowing garment of the Athenian but
ill concealed the fact that over his right
nrm was. swung a small wicker basket sim
ilar to that In which Little Red Riding
Hood of pleasant memory used to carry
akes and pies and other toothsome delica
cies to lier grandmother on the other s'de
of the forest
After, exchanging the usual salutations
Senator Deptw, wltL a q'ufck glance of the
e-e In tho direction of the basket, observed,
winking at the policeman on the corner: .
"I seo jou expect a long session to-day.
O Demosthenes, since you are taking your
luncheon with jou to the Senate House"
"Nay. nay, my dear Chauncey." replied
. Demosthenes, with a kindly smile at tho
" "Tls not a luncheon basket that I have
here, but my pebbles." .
"Oh, indeed," said the Senator. "Seems
to mo I havo heard of that necullarltv of
2 'tut n
ours of using pebhles as an aid to orator.
I m blst If I understand the m-Inclnle
-"That is evident from vnnr TmhHboi
speeches, niy dear Semator." returned De
mosthenes, "and jet it Is simplicity Itself.
.Tou, for Instance, would ha.ro improved
The train progressed cautiously until it was
within .a. half mile below the fort, when Clay
slopped tt. and, leaving two men on guard,
JMepped off the remaining distance on the
lies, his little band following noiselessly be
hind him like a proces-don of ghosts In the
moonlight. The halted and listened from
tlmo to time as thej drew' near the ruins,
but there was no suund exrejit the beatlro;
o tho waves on the rocks and the ruttlrtg
V,of the sea-bree7e through the vines and
Y .crccpeisla,bout them,
V. Claj- motioned to the men to sit down,
nnd. bcckon'ng to MacWllllams, directed'
him to' go on ahiad and reconholtcr.
"If you flic wej will conre up" he said.
' Get luck here as soon as jou can "
"Arcat jou going to mako sure first tliat
Klrkl md Is on tho other side of the fort?"
Claj replied that ho wns. certain Klrkland
had nh-nady arrived. "Ho had a. shorter
run tha"n ours, anil he wired jou he was
ready to-start when we were, didn't he?"
"Well, then, he is there I can fount on
MicWHIIims pulled at his heavy boots
gind hid them in tho hushc". with hi' hel
met over them to mark the spot. 'I feel as
though, t was going to rob a bank," he
chuckled, as he waved his handand crept
oft Into the. Underbrush
Por tho first few moments the men who
were left behind sat silent, but as the min
utes wore on, and MacW illlatns made no
sign, the grew re-stlc-", and shifted their
Siicrs of Fertile
,, y position, am
!? .iVintll Claj
;?, SLJthcre was sil
'"; V in trj lug no
position, anu began to whisper together.
nook nis head at them, and
ilence again until one of them.
not to-cough. almost strangled.
and the others tittered andlhose nearest
pummclcd him on the back.
Clay pulled out his revolver, and after
splnn'ng the n Under under his finger-nail,
put it back in Us holder again, and the men.
taking this as nn encouraging premise of
immediate action, began to examine their
weapons again for tr.' twentieth time, an 1
there was.n chorus of short, muflltd clicks
jis triggers wcro drawn back nnd caution,
iv lowered nnd levers shot Into place and
One of tho men farthest down the track
raised his arm. and all turned and half roo
ae thej.saw MacVHIamf coming toward
them on .! run' ifap'ng notelesly In his
stocking tfei from tie In tic- He elropped
on his knees between Clay and Langham.
"The guns nre there all right' be whls
ercd. panting,, "and there, are only three
men guarding them The are all
-eltttng on the bench smoking. I
hustled mound tho fort and .. came
? ncrcss the whole outfit in the eeond gal
leiv. Jt looks like a row of colllns. ten
oofilrts and about twenty little boxes and
, CcR? Pm -ure tnaJ "1C!",9 tnc' Me coming
for thqm to-night. They've not tried to Mdo
- them, nor to cover them up. . Alt we've- got
,. to do Is to walk down on the guards and
EDITED BY JOHN &EHDRICK BANGS.
vastlv hid ou ued them"
"Rut how the deuce ran a man pik
with a mouth full of gravel?' demanded
tht- New Yorker.
"Ht can't." hald Demothene. drvlv.
That's jut the pilnt. Shall I send jou a
And the pollcemm on the corner grinned
so broid! that his hat fell into his throat,
choking him so badly that he was incapaci
tated from duty for tile next ten ilaje,
DAVIS AND CHARLES DICKENS.
During one of hl periodical visits to Lon
don, '"Mr. Richard Harding Davl", the dis
tinguished joung American author, four 1
hlmelf eated at a dinner tible next to
Charles Dickens, the author of "Plekalck.
Pipers," "Sketches by Iloz." and various
other books of merit "
The tvp authors appeared to .take great
irterest In each other, and when the formil
part of the dinner waa over nnd the men
were left ilone to tho enjojment of their
cigars and coffo", tho other guests drew
their chairs doe to the two great repre
sentatives of American and English letters
to enjov the conversation between them.
"I have h?nrd much of jou, Mr. Davis,"
said Dicken", "and most of it to jour
"You possess some of the qualities, if I
am correctlj- Informed, that would have
commended jou to me as a figure for one
of my --torIes."
"Thank ou," replied Davis "and I, too,
have heard of j'oru, Mr. Dickon'.
"What is more.' I have reatlnhout every
thing you ever wrote. In jour "Pickwick.
Papers-' I found material inspiration for mv
'Van Bibber.' I have laughed and wept over
the joys and woes of 'David Copperfield '
"I have tried to emulate In spirit the kind
ly moral of your 'Christmas Chimes.' and
even in my jouth the .clean7 wholesome
qjalitj- of jour writing" so impressed ltBelf
upon.me that I resolvjd that I. too, would,
in i far as I could, be clean and whplo-.
some when rT&oTTup'fhe-pen- twrlttf
There ls,unlv one or your-storfes that I
"anfsorry" j ou w roleT wish you rihanfSofie"
that Tale of Two Cities.'
"Reallj." cried Dleken, omewhat taken
aback; "whs, that is generallj considered
one of my best."
'That Is Jut it," said Davis "I should
like to have done it mjself. but now it is
CAINE AT STRATFORD-ON-AVON
An lnt resting -tory Is told of the flrt
lslt of Mr. Hall Calne. the author of that
verj successful drama, "The Eternal City,"
now being plaved by Mme. Sarah Bern
hardt In the Prench provinces, to Stratford-on-Avon.
vhlcli. It majr be remembered, is
the birth and burial place of Mr. William
Shakespeare, the author of "Hamlet."
"Carrots," "The Stubbornness of Geraldine"
and other popular farces'.
Mr. Calne at that time was comparative!
unknown, but the fire of literature were
burning fiercely within him none the les,
and he deemed It only fit that he should
make a pilgrimage to Rrltiln's greatest lit
His visit was uneventful until In the dusk
of the nfternoon he enfred the famous
church, where all that Is mortal of his il
lustrious predecessor lies burled.
tell them to throw up their hands. It's too
Clay Jumped to his feet. "Come on." he
"Walt till I get my boots on first," begged
MacWllllams. "j wouldn't go over those
cinders again In my bare feet for all the
burleel treasure in the Spanish Main. You
run make all the noive you want; tho
waves will drown It."
With MacWllllams to show them the. way,
the men scrambled up the outer wall of the
fort and crossed the moss-covered ramparts
at the run. Below them, on the andy
beach, were three men sitting around a
driftwood fire that had sunk to a few hot
ashes. Clay nodded to MacWllllams "You
and Ted enn have them." he said. "Go
with him, Langham."
Iho sailors leveled their rifles at tho
three lonely figures on the beach as
tho two bojs slipped dowM the wall
and fell on their hands and feet In
the jand below, and then crawled up
to within a few feet of where the men
As MacW 111! ims raised his revolver one of
the three, who was cooking something ovfr
the flie. raised his head and with a yell
of warning flung hlmftlf toward hl rifle.
'Up with our hands!" MacWllllams
shouted in Spanish, and Langham, running
In. seized the nearest sentry by the neck
and shoved his face down between his
kpeea Ifto the sand.
There was a great rattle of falling stones
and of breaking vines a the sailors
tumbled down the side of the fort, and in
a half minute's time the three sentries were
looking with angrj. frightened cjes at the
circle of armed men around them.
"'Now gag them," said Clay. "Does any
bod here know how to gag a man?" he
asked. "I don't.'
"Better make him tell what he knows
first.' suggested Lmsham.
But the Spaniards were too terrified at
what thev had done, or at what they had
fulled to do. to further commit themselves.
'Tie us and gag us," one of them begged.
"Let them find tis so It is the kindest
thing ou can do for us."
"Thank jou, sir," sad Clay. 'That Is
whit I wanted to know. They aro coming
to-night, then. We must hurry."
The three sentries were bound and hidden
at the base of the wall, with a sailor to
watch them He w'as a young ,man with a
high sene of the importance of his dutle-,
and he enlivened the prisoners by pofeins
them In the ribs whenever they moved.
Clay deemed It Impossible to signal Klrk
land. as they had arranged to dd, as they
could not know now how near those who
were coming for the arms might he. So
MacWllllams was sent back for Mi en
gine, and a few minute's later they heard
it nimble heavily iwst the fort on-:ts Way
to bring up Klrkland and the flat cam.
Clay explored tho lower chambers of the
fort and found the boxes as MacWllllams
uau utsmrai urau. icu into, w;in. some
THnv TIIOt'OUT." SMD MR. caine,
THAT I WAS SHAKESPEARE! HI31-fcELF."
He entered bj- one of the side doors, hav
ing observed a pil or Am-ricin tourists
going In by the aln entriiice. mil fcellm
th.it .it o belemn ,t moment he wished no
romp m to s-hnre In his revtrentl.il obel
s.mce to the memory of the departed
Standing a moment before the, tomb, h's
bend bent low. he apostrophiied the iai
mortal dut before him in .low ic ,i"d
fitting phrae then, turning, he fourd
himclf face to fac? with the American
They gazed upon him In consternation
for a moment, and then, with shrieks that
echoed and re-echoed through tho nave of
the church, thev lied wildly into the open
ThEy thought." .ud Mr. Cnine. In tell
ing the storj aftcrwird. "that LvvasShako
"Twar? himself. rien from the grave"
"Well." said his friend,' to whom he nar
rated the incident, 'do jou blamo them for
"No." replied Mr. Calr? "I have at times
entertained the anic notion mself"
WILLIAM GILLETTE AND VESTVirS
While- William Gillette was resting lant
siimmer by taking the Mediterranean trip
with Sherlock Holmes and Professor Mori
irty. of Scotland Yard, he was much Im
pressed by the beauties of all that he saw
in that charming summer ea. Gibraltar
tilled him with wonder hi its ma-ive
grandeur, and at Algiers h and his com
panions found much that was diverting.
As the trip progressed he semed to gain
irt spirit" and to take sheer delight la ev
erything he encountertd until Naples wns
reached, when, after a ""ojourn of live dajs.
hi? companions obened that he was vls'bl
"What is the matter wllh him. MorlartyT'
asked HolmeH as. he noted an unusual pal
lor .Jjpbn the dctoi's cheek. "Do cu sup
pose he Is coming down with anvthing?"
"I'm blest if I know. Sherlock." replied
Moriart. "Vv e noticed, though, that ver
T.a'nc'ertve-Tccot tiut to Pompeii he's been as
glum as the Dickens "
"Mnybe "he his had news from home."
said HolnieH 'Clyde Pitch may have re
fused to write anv cigars into his proposed
version of Hamlet"
"It mav be so," replied Morlartj. "What
do you say to asking him?'
"Good Idea," said Holmes go they
broached the question to Gillette.
"Oh, I'm clean discouraged," he replied
"GOne all to piece Gibraltar braced me
up. Algiers filled mv soul with poetr. the
Sahara gave me sand enough to conquer
the world and Corsica, exhilarated me jo
the tenth power, but Vesuvius it makes me
feel so cheap, so small, so inbignlflcunt,
"Why. how aburd' ' cried Holmes.
"You're setting dotty.
"Whv should n slz-zllng little ash heap
like Vesuvius discourage vou? '
Gillette walked to tho window and gazed
mournfully out upon the distant volcano
"Look! ' he cried. "Look! I enn lie tig anJ
firm and Inflexible as- Gibraltar. Sherlock
' I can be as romantic as Corsica, as dl
vertlng as Algiers, so grittv as the Sihara,
but, bojs, I never can smoke like that!"
And his companions understood and led
him back gently to his room, where they
left him for the night.
effort, could lift and carrj the larger cofiln
shnped boxes, and Clay guessed that, grant
ing their contents to be rifles, there must be
a hundred pieces in each bo-v, and that
there wre a thousand rifles In all
Thej- had moved half .of the boxes to the
side of the track when the train of flat cars
nnd the two engines came crawling and
twisting toward them, between the wal's
of the jungle, like a great serpent, w'th
no light about It but the glow from the hot
cslieff as they fell between the rvl's
Thirty men. equallv divided between Irish
and negroes, fell off the flat cars b-fore the
wheels had cea-wl to revolve, and. without
a viord of Direction, began loading the heavy
boxes on the train and pacing the kegs of
cartridges from hand to hand and sboulder
to shoulder. The sailors spread out up the
road that led to the Capital to give warning1
in cae the enemy approached, but they
were recalled before the had reason to
give an alarm, and in a half hour Burke's
ntire. shipment of arms was on the ore
cars, the mtin who were to have guarded
them were prisoners in the cab of the en
gine, and both trains were rushing at full
"peed toward the mines. On arilvlng there
Klrkland's train was switched to the siding
that led to the magazine In which was
stored the rackarock and djnamlte used in
the blasting By midnight all of the boxes
were safelv, under lock in the zinc building,
and the number of the men who nlwajs
guarded the place for fear of flie or acci
dent was doubled, while a reserve, composed
of Klrkland's thirty picked men, were hid
den In the surrounding houses and engine
sheds Before Clay left he had "one of the boxes
broken open, and found that It held a hun
dred Mannilcher rifles.
"Good!" he wild. "I'd give n thousand
dollars in gold If I could bring Mendoza
out here and show him his own men armed
with his own Mannllchers and ding for A
shot at hlra How old Burke will enjoy
this when he hears of It!"
The party from the Palms returned to
the engine after man) promises of reward
to the men for their work "overtime," and
were soon fijlng track with their hearts
ns light as thev smoke above them.
MacWIIlfams slackened speed as- they
neared the fort and moved up cautiously On
the scene of their recent victory, hut a
warning cry from Clay made him bring
his engine to a sharp stop. Many lights
were flashing over the. ruins and they could
seeMn their reflection the figures of men
running over the same walls on which the
lizards had basked in undisturbed peace for
"They look like a swarm of hornets after
some one has chucked a stone through
their nest." laughed MacWllllams. "What
shall we do now? GO back, or wait hen.
or run the blockade?" j
"Oh, ride them oht," said Langham; ''the
-family's- anxious and I want to tell them
woais nappeneu,- uo abend.
BY o .
RICHARD HARDING DAVIS
I Clay turned to tho sailors In the car be
hind them Lie down, men," he slid
"And don't anv of jou fire unlevj I tell vou
to. Let them do all the shooting. This
Isn't our fight jet. and besides, thev can't
hit a locomotive standing still, and certainly
not when it's going at full speed"
1 iuppoM' the'vc torn the track up?"
said MacWllllams, grinning. "We'd look
sou of sill lling through the air."
"Oh, thev've not sense enough to think
of that," said Cla. "IJcs'des, they don't
know it was we who took their arms away,
Mae Williams opened the throttle gently
and the trim movnl slowlj forwent, gain
ing s-peed at each revoluticn of the wheels.
As Ihc no'se of Its approach but londtr
and louder ou the air. n vtll of disappointed
l.ige .and eecrntion roe lato the night
from tr-e fort, and a mass of soldiers
swarmed upon the tri-k leaping up md
(oah und 'hi king the llles in tlie'r hands
"lii it sou'u's i little in th ugh the
thought we l-ail sonu thing to do with it."
said MicWIII-ams, grimlj 'It the don't
If ok o it some one will get hurt "
There was a Hash of lire frini whire the
ma14- of iri soid. fellowcd In i dzcii
more Hashes and the bulli-ts -attl-d op the
moke- tuck an 1 i ,on the loilei of the en
'Low bridge.' cried MacW lluims with
a tierce chuckle "Jvon, watch her!'
lie th- w open the threntli ts f tr as it
would po ard tr-e enslnc uis,vtitnl to his
to'ith lle n net' horse to th whip It
scenuil to ti'lng fioni th- tr-uk '.nn the
.'dr. it 'jiliierrd and stii oie llkr i lire
tt,irs, and i il shot In b tw i i tic el
dl'rs thej fell Lack on eith' r si le. ard
?1 irWilIi ins lend! fir ejiit of bis ea!
window inking h's list nt them
" j ei, got Ifi. didn't vim'" he hoated.
'Thank vou for the Ma'inllchers '
As the lromotIie rurfhnl out of the jun
gle, and pastil the iKiJnt on the road noa -eat
to tile Palms, M tcW ill! ms loos nd
t'nee long trlumi h int shrieks from his
v histlc and the sailors htood up ami
' Li-t them shout." cried CI 1 'Ever-!
bfiii will hive to I now now- It's hegim at
met ! MM wnh a liugii or relier. j
"Aid wo took thf I'rit trick," si'd Mac- .
Williams. ,is he rail his entire s'ov.I into !
the niilri' id janl j
'1 he whibtls of the online ind the -hi its i
of the su'ois had carrnil fir through tho J
'Hence u the nU,ht. and i the men came
huirjing acro-s tho lawn to the Pilms thev I
.saw nil nf those ivro had I en !.it 1 ehlrd j
grouped on the vfrimdi aw tiling them 1
Do the conquering h-n es iirai." ahout- I
ed Kii.g j
'Tic do" joung Linc,Iiarn cried. .'nv-
ous'y. W'e ve got all their ai-ns and the ;
"rot .It ui. Wc'v b'Cn under i'r-! '
"Are an of jmi hurt7' i-kel Mi-.- Larg- !
nam anxiouMv. as she and 'he others hur
ried down the .ttis to vveUome them, while
tliose of the 'Vesta's' crew who hid bcn
left behind looked at thiir comraibs with
"We have been so frightened and ino
ious alsjut m," s.iiu Miss Langham
Hope held out her hind to Clav and
greeted him with a qaiet, happy imte, thit
w is in contra-1 to tne excitement and con
fusion thit nigned ..bout them
"I knew ou would 'com back safay,'
she s-iid And the pressuic of htr hand
seemed to add "to me "
The daj of the review rose clear aid
warm, tempered hv a light bretze from the
sea. As it was a Tete day. the In'bor wore
an air of unwonted Iriactlvlt; no ibihtei
passed heavily from the levees to the mer
chantmen at anchdr, and the warehouses
along the wharven were closed nnd deserted
A thin lire of smoke from the tunnel of
the Vcta showed that her fins wete bull
ing, and the fact that she rode on a slnalc
anchor chain seemed to promise that at
any moment she might slip away to sea.
As Cla was finishing his co.Tee two notes
were brought to him from ine"erger, who
had ridden out thit morning, aril, who at
In their siildles looking at the armed force
around the orilre with amued inte!liK"nee
One note was from Mer.dnz.-i, and ald he
had decided not to calf out the regiment nt
tie mines, a he feared their long nt-s'-nce
from drill would make 'them compare un
favorubl with their comrades, nod do him
f more harnv th-p crcdH:'Ile. U nfrtiid of
them since list" nigHi.""""wii Claj's ,com
irinl. as he pa-su thonote on to M ic
W llllamj. "He's iiuittr right; they might do
him harm " '
The second note was from Stuart He sild
the cltv was alread wide awake and rest
Ier but whether this was due to tl e fact
that it v,as a fete da, or to some other
eaust- which would disclose Itself later, lie
could not tell. Mme Alvarez ths afternoon
before, while riding In the AlamcCa, had
lieeii Insulted b) a truup of men aiound a
cafe, who had risen and shouted after her.
one of them throw lug a wlne-glas into her
lip as she rode- post. His Hoopers had
iharged-the sidewalk and carried oft -i
of the men to the caicel He and Rojns had
urged the President to make cverv prepa
ration for Immediate flight, to have the
horses put to his traveling ciniage. and
had warned htm when at the review to
t ike up Ids position at the point nearest
to his own bod guard, and as far as possi
ble from the troops led b Mendoza Stuart
added that he had absolute confidence In
tho former. The policeman who had at
tempted to carr Burke'sj note to Mendoza
had confessed that he'vvas the only traitor
In the camp, and that he had tried to
work on his comrades without success.
Stuart begged Clav to join him
as quickl as possible Clay went
up the Mil to the Palms, and after consult
ing with Mr. Langham, dictated an order to
Klrkland, instructing him to call tht men
together end to point out to them how
much better their condition had I een sli-ce
thev had entered the mines, and to promise
the man Increase t f wages If thev remained
faithful to Mr Langham's interests, and a
small pension to an one who might be In
jured from any cause whatsoever" while
"Tell them. If they are lojal. they can
live in their shacks rent free hereifttr."
wrote Clay. 'They aro always asking for
that. It's a cheap generosit." h added
aloud to Mr. Langham. 'because wove
never been able to collect any rent from
them vet "
At noon oung Langham ordered the best
three hordes In the stable to bo brought to
the door of the Palms for Cla, MacWll
llams and himself City's lat words to
King were to have theacht In readiness to
put to sea when he telephoned him to do so.
and he advised the women to have their
dresses and more valuable possessions
packed, rrad to be taken on board
"Do you thlrk I might see the review If
I went on horseback?" Hope asked "I
could get away then, if there should be an
Clay answered with a look of such alarm
nnd surplse that Hopo laughed
"See tho review! I should say not." he
exclaimed "I don't even want Td to be
"Oh that's nlwajst the wav," said Hop".
' I miss ever thing I think I II come, how
ever, an how. The servants are aP going,
and I II go with them disguised In a tur
As the men neared Valencia, Clay turned
In his saddle and asked Langham If he
thought his sister would reall venture into
"She'd better not let me catch her if she
does," the fond brother replied.
The reviewing part left the Government
Palace for the Alameda At 3 o'clock. Presi
dent Alvarez riding on horseback In ad
vance, and Mme Alvarez sitting In the
state carriage with one of her attendants,
and with Stuart's (trooper gathered so
closely about her -that the men's boots
scraped against the wheel", and their num
bers hid her almost entlrel from sight.
The great square in which tho evolu
tions were to take pi ice was lined on
its four sides by the eurri iges of the
wealthy Olanchcans. except at the two
gates, where there was a wide
rpace left open to admit the soldiers. The
tranches of the trees on the edges of the
bare pnrade ground were black with men
and bojs:. and the balconies and roofs of
the houses that faced it were gay witn
streamers and flags, and alive with women
wrapped for the occasion in their colored
shawls. Seated on the grass between tho
carriages, or surging up and down behind
thpm, were thousands of people, each hur
rying to gain a better place of vantage, or
striving to hold the one he had, and form
ing a restless, turbulent audience In which
all individual criM were lost In a great
murmur of laughter, and calls, and checre.
The mass knit together and pressed for
ward as the President's band swung jaun
tily Into the square and halted In one cor
ner, and a shout of expectancy -went up
from the trees and. housetops u tho Pxesi-
DID DANIEL BOONE SWEAR ALLEGIflNGE TO SPAIN?
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His Country When He Became Commander of Post Femme Osage.
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Of all the -tones told about Daniel Iloore
the strangest ia that 1 e at one time swore
allegi incc to Spain
This tale has little- endence in St- Charles
Count. Mi-souri where he lived shortl)
after th" time this act is sild to have been
Pew of the citizen" of the cltv of St."
Charles ever heard it.
But in the olllee of Judge Theodore
Bniere of that clt, is a count atlas pub
lished In 1ST;, in which mention Is made of
the alleged fact that he renounced allegi
ance to the t'nlted States and became a
subject of Spain ,
The whole trouble, according to this atlas,
originated In Boone's in ibllity to keep land
in his posion. on account of defective
In October of 1797 he lost an CT.tcm'tve
tract in this manner, nnd, it is said, mi
so incensed that he gave up his citizenship
In America and swore to follow the for
tunes of the dons across the sea.
It Is further stated tint In consideration
of tills act on Bodne's part Spain sranted
him $ JO) acres or land on July II, 17D0.
He was alo made comnandi.nt of Post
Femme Osage, where he had taken up hi
He lost this property through a. defective
title and left Ke,ptu'cl in debt.
He finallv retrieved 'his fortune with the
aid of Ills rifle
He obtained a valuable store of pelts and
returned to the Blue Grass State, where he
paid off his obligation"
It was after this bitter experience that
the old pioneer left bis happy hunting
grounds for fresher wildernesses in Mis
souri. PltEPEP.nED TO LIVE APART
While Boone- was eccentric and preferred
to live auart from his fellow-Americans as
far as possible. It was because of his long-
Ing for 'elbow room," as he called It, and
not because he was unpatriotic.
The first American who settled In St
Charles County, and. In fact, tho first who
permanent! v pitched their tents In what is
dent's hod guard entered at the lower
gate, and the broken place in the ranks
shOACtl that It was escorting the State
carriage. The troopers fell back on two
sides, and the carrlige, with the President
riding at its head, passed on. anil took up
a position in front of the othfr carriages,
and close to one of the sides of the hollow
square. At Stuart's orders Claj. MacWll
llams and Langham had pushed their
horses into the rear rank of cavalry, and
remained wedged between the troopers
within twent feet of where Mme. Alvarez
was sitting. Hie was very white, and the
powtler on her face gave her an added and
unnatural imlor. As the people cheered her
husband and herself she raised her head
slightly and seemed to lie trjlng to catch
anv round of dissent In their greeting, or
some possible "undercurrent of disfavor, but
the welcome appuired to be hoth genuine
and hearty, until a second shout, smothered
it tomplctclv as tho figure of old General
Kojas. the Vice President, and tho most
dearlv loved by tho common people, came
through the gate at the head of his regi
ment There was such greeting for him
that tho welcome to the President seemed
mean in comparison and it was with an
embarrassment which both felt that th?
two men drew rear together, nnd each
leaned from his saddle to grasp the other's
hand. Mme. Alvarez sank back rigidly on
her cushions, and her ces flashed with
anticipation and excitement. She drew her
mantlll i a little closer about her shoul
ders, with a rervous -shudder as though she
were cold Suddenl the Jook of anxiety
hi her eves changed to one of annoance,
nnd she beckoned Clay lmperIoul to the
side of the carriage.
"Look," he said, pointing across
square "If I am not mistaken that Is Miss
Langham. Miss Hope. The one. on the
black horse it must bo she, for none of the
native ladles ride. It is not Safe for her to
now Missouri, were Co'onel Boone and his
There are a number of persons In St.
Charles County who trace their descent to
the crack shot of pioneer das.
In the Dnrt Bottoms, near Defiance, is a
familj of I iilkersons, whose mother was a
In the city of St. Charles lives O T. Cot
tle, whoe mother was a Callaway, daugh
ter of Flanders Callawaj, who was a son-in-law
of Daniel Boone.
At Femme Osaze, five miles from Defi
ance. Is an old house occupied by the family
of Henr) S'efker, where Daniel Boone died
September IC. 1S3). at the age of S6
The house Is prictlcally the same now as
at that earl date.
In tho rear Is what is left of a log evabln
built b Boone w hen lie came to Missouri.
"During the lat twent jears it has been
tisid as a pig stv.
The Boone cabin, before it was razed, was
often visited by the curious, and, as evi
mnted b., photographs of It, was a ro
mantic place- ,
The following is a quaint account of the
visit in lhOG of an old Blue Grass friend of
Boone's to Femme Osage:
"In the j ear of 1S06 I happened to be on
a v isit to St. Louis nnd from there I made
It my duty to pay mj- respects to my old
friend Daniel Boone, who had some time
before left his farm In Kentucky and settled
on the banks of the Missouri, on the Femme
He built his cabin in a wilderness to
avoid the constant annoyance of his neigh
bors, who had flocked into the country
around him nt his old home.
NEAREST WHITE INHABITANT
WAS AT ST. CHARLES.
' Tho nearest white Inhabitant was- at the
village of St. Charles.
' Here he was determined to spend the re
mainder of his life.
"I spent several weeks' very pleasantly
with the old pioneer, who had intentionally
built his cabin o small that, with only one
room for himself and wife, even Ills best
friend should not break into the sacred
privacy of his house at night.
be here alone. Go," she commanded,
"bring here here to me. Put her next to
the carriage, or perhaps she will be safer
with you anjang the troopers."
Clay had recognized Hope before Madame
Alvarez had finished speaking, and dashed
off at a gallop. sklrtinK the line of carriages.
Hope had stopped her horse beside a vic
toria, and was talking to the native women
who occupied it. and who was scandalized
at her appearance in a public place with no
one but a groom to attend her.
"Why. it's- the same thing as a polo
match." protested Hope, as Clay pulled up
angrily beside the victoria. "I alwajs ride
over to polo alone at NewporJ, at least with
James," she added, nodding hrer head toward
The man approached Cla and touched his
hat apologetically, "Miss Hope would come,
sir," he sild. "and I thought I'd better be
with her than to go off and tc'! Mr. Lang
ham. sir. I knew she wouldn't wait for
"I asked ou not to come," Clay said to
Hope, In a low voice.
"I wanted to know the worst at once."
she answered. "I was anxious about Ted
"Well, it can't be helped now," he said.
''Come, we must hurrj-, here Is our friend,
the enemj." He bowed to their acquain
tances in the victoria and they trotted brisk
ly oft to the side of the President's car
riage, just as a jell arose from the crowd
that made all the other shouts which had
preceded it sound like the cheers of chil
dren at recess.
"It reminds me of a football match,"
whispered joung Langham, excitedly,
"when the teams run on the field. Look at
Alvarez and Rojas watching Mendoza."
Mendoza advanced at the front of his
three troops of cavalry, looking neither to
the left nor right, and by no sfcn acknowl
edging the fierce pproarioua greeting of the
UAIV1 E.L. r
"Such as chanced to call shared his hos
pitable board during the day. but were re
ferred at eventide to the cabin of his son,
Nathan Boone, about X yards distant.
The anecdotes of his extraordinary life,
which -were talked over for amusement and
information at that time, were enough to
fill a volume.
"The venerable man, whose locks were
silvery and flowed about his shoulders In a
picturesque manner, was then In his seventy-eighth
"Still he almost dally took his rifle from
Its hook on the wall, and, going out at
break of day, would return In time for
breakfast with a saddle of venison.
"It was thus, that he mainly supported
himself and wife.
"Up to a few days before his death, his
aim was true, and few men could equal h.m
as a marksman.
"As to woodcraft, every schoolboy knows
that he was the greatest In the. history ,of
'This was evidenced In everything ha
did. m 'x
"For Instance, when he but hi-cabin he
selected a gigantic cotton wood tree, felled
it and made the top of the stump as smooth
as a butcher's block.
"He built the cabin around this stump and
used the latter as a table.
"Boone waa extremelj- jealous of his lib
erty, and was continually calling for 'elbow
room "He often expressed the fear that he
would be compelled to move because he had
beard that some settlers were coming and
that one was going to take up a claim nine
miles from his cabin.
"Not that he was inhospitable, but he was
primarily a child of nature and wanted to
live' in a wilderness."-
Notwithstanding the many biographies of
Boone, and the frequent mention of his
name In American history, the story of his
thrilling career is admittedly full of errors.
DOCUMENTS BEARING SIGNATURE
OF DANIEL M. BOONE.
The Boones were not heavy land holders
In Missouri, but the sons took great inter
est, in the conduct of the territorial govern
ment Daniel M. Boone was the first Public Sur
veyor of St. Charles County and there are
a number of documents In the circuit
Clerk's office bearing his signature.
Max J. Frey. the present Deputy Clerk,
has In his possession some curious letters
and documents that entered Into the trans
actions of the earliest pioneers.
Among these is a deed transferring soma
property in St. Charles from Nathan Boone
and his wife. Olive, to a French villager
for the sum of WOO
Still another is a Spanish grant of land
made in 17?6 to Sleur Beauchamp. signed by
Antonio Soulard, Sun eyor General of Spain.
Among the most Interesting of the old
landmarks of St. Charles County is the
old Chouteau mansion, at Bonfils. which
was built in the latter part of the Eight
eenth Century. x
It was in 1779 that Pierre Chouteau, found
er of the well-known St. Louis family, ob
tained a grant, and built a mllldam at the
mouth of a small stream above St. Charles.
This dam Is still visible.
people. Close behind htm name his chosen
band of cowbojs and ruffians. They were
the best equipped and least disciplined sol
diers) In the army, and were, to the great
relief of the people, seldom seen in the city.
but were kept moving In tho mountain
passes and along the coast line, on the
lookout for smugglers with whom they wire
on the most friendly terms. They were -a
picturesque body of blackguards. In their
high-topped boots and silver-tipped sombre
ros and heavy, gaudy saddles, but the shout
that had gone up at tnelr advance was
due as much to the fear they Inspired-"as
to an great love for them or their chief.
"Now all the chessmen are on the board
and the game can begin." said Clay. "It's
like the scene In the play; where each man
has his sword at another man's throat and
no one dares make the first move." 'He
smiled as ho noted, with the eye of 'one
who had seen continental troops In action,
the shuffling steps and slovenly carriage
of the half-grown soldiers that followed
Mehdoza's cavalry at a quick step. Stuart's
picked men, over whom he bad spent many
hot and weary hours, looked like a troop of
Life Guardsmen In comparison. Clay noted
their superiority, but he also saw that in
numbers they were most woefully at a dis
It was a brilliant scene for so modest a
capital. The sun flashed on the trappings
of the soldiers, on the lacquer and polished
metal work of the carriages, and the
Parisian gowns of their occupaats and Wa
fluttering flags and banners idled the, air
with color and movement, while back' of
all, framing the parade ground With1 a
band of black, was the restless mib ot peo
ple, applauding tho evolutions, and c netting
for their favorites. Alvarez. Mendoza and
Rojas. moved by an excitement that Wits
in disturbing contrast to the easy good
nature of their usual manner.. f x,a
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