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I <iv tOTHINO but deaths or a phys
ic ical breakdown will chase John
F. Stevens away from his great
work on the Isthmus of Panama. Grant
him length of days and good health and
he will build that canal— build It hon
estly and well. He has the soldier in
stincts of bravery, loyalty and obs
dlence to his superiors. He is rugged
as the hills. In all the equipment of
experience, aggressiveness, tenacity
and mental strength that go to make
a great engineer he is qualified for the
momentous task to which he has been
This In epitome seems to be the
unanimous . Judgment of former rail
road associates of Mr. Stevens on tho
man whom President Roosevelt has
commissioned to build the interoceanlc
waterway. Mr. Stevens himself Is mak
ing no forecasts of his success or fail
ure. He has a way — which railroad en
gineers like— of letting his work do Its
own talking.
' Mr. Stevens loves to tackle hlg
things. He thrives on difficulties. Ho
has 'undertaken in his time tasks that
called for superlative nerve and the
. highest technical" ability. In every in
stance, according to those who know.
he has come off conqueror.
,'.. Mr. ; Stevens is nearly always in a
hurry. He is fuller of action than a
modern farce comedy and it is Invaria
bly, action to a purpose. Except when
the emergencies of a situation require
that he sit still and talk, he is usual
ly in the attitude of Mark Twain's os
trich, which had a wonderful faculty
for emerging from here and arriving
elsewhere. In his home and In his office
he "emerges" when he talks.
.. A Man of Action 4
He puts his heart, his brain and his
wonderful physical energy into every
task.-, He did that when he whipped the
son. of a great railroad. president with
whom he had a personal altercation,
arid he did It when, as a scout on the
'plains'/ he carried a message from on.?
military post to another, being obliged
to hide neck deep in a swamp for
T last it- would seem that the ex-
A i., 1 elusive social circles of New York
» are to be represented In the ranks
of bachelor girlhood. Several young
women,' members of prominent New
York families, have stepped out in this
direction during the last season or two,
arid' now Miss May Van Alen,' the
daughter.of James J. Van Alen, a mem
ber of New York's most exclusive and
correct social set, Is to become the mis
tress of an independent household. The
house which has been bought for her
by, her father is being remodeled and
will be ready for her occupancy in the
fall/ when the social activities of the
season begin.
9 1 Oddly enough the bachelor girl move
ment among society girls, which would
seem. to smack of American Independ
ence; j began in England, where Lady
Rose Molyneux, wi{h the consent of her
parents, occupied one of the family
residences independently, keeping her
own staff of servants, entertaining her
own friends, etc. It is no unusual thing
for a society girl to set up an Indepen
dent household in London. One of New
York's society girls has been among,
those who have done so. But American
society has been slow to recognize the
necessity for the bachelor girl estab
Progress of the Bachelor Girl
' There has been a steady onward
sweep of the bachelor girl movement
from the moment of its inception until
the ranks of young womanhood em
Is Power of the Press Diminishing?
. From the Buffalo Enquirer.
An aged Hartford man was talking
- about the late Gen. Joseph R. Hawley.
"I remember well," he said, "the time
: when General Hawley was an editor in
•sthlß town. I remember a story about
'editing that he told at a banquet fifty
years ago.
' "The man who introduced General
Hawley began ,by saying that editors
■were always up to mischief of one kind
or another. He said there was a' Hurt -
a ford ; man who once went to a" Hart
ford editor and said, indignantly:
■ ',' ,'What did you mean, ypu scoundrel,
by' printing my name in your obituary
columns this morning?'
'"Why, said the editor, aren't you
dead? ' I thought you were dead, of
course. .; Don't you remember promis
ing me last week that if you lived till
yesterday you would settle that account
of mine?'
twenty hours to avoid being captured
and killed by Indians. , I
j In carrying this message Mr. Stevens
dared what he believed was his duty as
a man loyal to his country, although
. two other men had been scalped and
. murdered brutally while on the same
mission. He licked the railroad presl- j
dent's son because he thought he ought
1 to and the father of the castigated boy
j looked at It that way.
If the lines oC the face are truut-
I worthy Indices of the man those in the
face of Mr. Stevens strengthen the pre
• dictions of the railroad engineers that
I he will stick to his post In Panama un-!
til the canal Is completed and dedicate
to the great commercial purpose for ;
which it Is Intended. The. little fur
rows radiating from the corrters of the '
eyes bespeak a rare optimism. Mr.
| Stevens looks at life and its problems
from a cheerful, wholesome standpoint.
■ He believes In his own powers and will
not grant that anything material U '.
impossible to man. He is certain the
Panama canal can be built and has .
faith in American genius and pluck to
achieve the task.
It is with that spirit Mr. Stevens
looks forward to his work. Most men ■
might have a worried, anxious look '.
when about to tackle^the difficulties of
the greatest engineering . undertaking
in the world's history, but this man
goes about his business as serene as If
he were confronted with an everyday
job. He is. losing no sleep over It.
But there are other lines in Mr.
Stevens' face than those that make his
eyes twinkle with merriment and optt- ;
mlsm. They are the mouth lines. Here •
is inscribed an unmistakable determin
ation. Look at that mouth and chin
and one Immediately decides the ob
stacle does not exist that is big enough .
to make this man's spirit quail or to
swerve him from a set purposed
His Ready Acceptance, . vi , rvil
When he asked for only forty-eight
hours to decide whether he should ac
cept or reject the important commis
sion tendered by President Roosevelt,
the courage and caliber of Mr. Stevens
braced by the term have come to In
clude all classes, all professions, arts
and businesses— women of leisure, wo
men who earn their bread by the
hardest of hard labor, middle-aged wo
men, young women, girl students, rich
and poor, plain and pretty, clever and
cranky. But society has held aloof. It
has insisted upon the family life first,
last and always, and has refused abso
lutely to acknowledge the need of In
dependence on the part of its young
Latterly, however,, one observes a
little kindly laxity in the enforcement
of this edict. More than one young
women whose name is listed high among
the immortal four — or was.it five?—
hundred has ventured to set up her
own household, and society, after a
single gasp of surprise, has acquiesced
in the arrangement without a protest.
"Girls will be girls," Dame Grundy
seems to be saying, and sometimes they
will be bachelor girls, and after all,
what Is one going to do about it?
And so there is Miss Faith Moore,
who last year started out for herself
and began an Independent life as a
bachelor girl In a $15,000 apartment, in
which snug little corner she has led a
free and happy existence for a whole
year. Miss Moore" Is a young woman
with distinctive taste in furnishing and
decorating, and her apartment has been
arranged according to plans made by
Also there was Miss Fanny Coster
"It is hard to get the best of an edi
tor," continued the Hartford man.
"When General Hawley rose at the
banquet he told us about a newspaper
friend of his who actually, in good
faith, printed an obituary of a man
who was still alive.
"This man the next morning rushed
into the editor's office and shouted:
" 'How dare you print this obituary
of me, sir? Don't you know I'm not
dead 7'
" 'I am very sorry,' "aid the editor.
" 'Sorry? Well, you'd better be. The
notice of my death is false, and If you
don't retract tomorrow I'll horsewhip
you within an inch of your life.'
"This la the contradiction that the
editor printed the next morning:
" ' Wu regret to announce that the
paragraph' which stated that John
Smith wan dead . la without founda-
were strikingly revealed. For himself
he could have made up his mind In ten
minutes to accept the responsibility.
He wanted the_ other, fpr.ty,- seven hauxs
and fifty, minutes to. consult with Mrs.
Stevens., He .longed. ;to, serve., his gow
ernment out of pure patriotism, if
nothing more, but he owed those who
were dear to him paramount obliga
Mrs. Stevens shared her husband, s
Jones, a musical member of New York's
social circles, who wished to be a bach
elor girl and who indeed procured an
apartment, a piano and all the neces
sary accessories to a musical bachelor
girlhood. But fate willed otherwise In
the case of Miss Jones, and before her
particular world had ceased to wonder
at her independence mere man, under
the guidance of Cupid, had put an end
to it forever. Miss Jones became Mrs.
Henry Spies Kip, and a very promising
society bachelor girl was lost in the
Pioneers of Movement
Then there was Miss Marguerite
Chapin. When her father - died Miss
Chapin, who Is quite young, set up hey
own establishment quite independently
of her stepmother, and proceeded to
keep her own house, entertain her own
friends and lead as independent a life
as any one can who is tied down by the
conventions of society. Miss Chapin
spent much of last winter in Paris, but
whether she continues her bachelor girl
life in New York or not, she will always
be numbered as among the pioneers In
this line.
Also there Is Miss Olive . Trowbrldge,
the quietest and most sedate of bachelor
girls, who, though only 20 years old, ia
at the head of the domestic establish
ment at 3 West Forty-seventh street.
And lastly . there is Miss Evelyn Van
Wart, who must be numbered among
New York's bachelor girls of society,
even though 'she lives in London. Miss
Van Wart is the granddaughter of the
late Marshall O. Roberts, and lived
with her father, Ames Van Wart, after
her mother's death until her longing for
Independence conquered/ after which
she began her struggling bachelor girl
existence— on an Income of $75,000 an
Much that is associated in our minds
with the term bachelor girl does not
hold good when the term Is applied to
Written for The Hcra
It'ls just a slip of paper on it written
a-hasty scroll. .• . ' / 1 ■•• ■
Some kind hearted friend and patron
has made the editor a call, ' '
And has given him an outline of many
points of "thrilling" news . ■
With a deal of earnest effort and pro-
fusion of verbal views—
But, alas, the plain reporter has a
tussle to Hud them out,
Upon which to build a story' that's
either thrilling or devout.
But he gets there all the same.
courage in giving him over to the ca!l
of his country, although both knew that
It meant the probable spending of half
.the. rest of his. life away, from the fam
ily, hearthstone in a. far away tropical
.land .where., dangers, and disease , are,
"The climate of Panama has no ter
rors for me," said Mr. Stevens. "For
three years in Mexico I stood the test
of chills and fever incident to malaria.
the society girl who has gone in for a
bachelor life. The society Jaachelor girl,
born with a golden spoon In her mouth,
carries it into her bachelor; residence.
One thinks of a bachelor girl as of one
who purchases viands at a delicatessen
store and heats them over the gas Jet.
She Is a person clothed forever In a
halo of unique economies. She lives in
an apartment t,ha.t may be large or
small, cheap or dear, well cared for or
shabby, but which, under all circum
stances, one Instinctively recognizes as
a region of contrivances. It is home
made. It is gloriously full of bargains.
It is artistic from end to end; aye.
though the > very roof leak and the
heater fall. The bachelor girl has
neither architect nor decorator at her
command. She acts In both of these
capacities herself and prowls around
for old furniture and ornaments in odd
moments. She loves "her things" de
votedly, and when you see a tender
light in her eyes you know it isn't her
best young man, but a new. piece of old
mahogany or a particularly good brass
which has just come home to be the
Joy of the flat
The society bachelor girl is different
only in degree, really, for she, too,
loves her Lares and Penates, and It Is
doubtful, after all, whether her house
ful of treasures gives more joy than
the one piece of the less generously ln
comed bachelor girl. „But she must
still bow to the prodigality' of her. fate.
She may design her; own decorations,
select her own furnishings, '' but. she
cannot carry her oft-debated plans out
piecemeal and single handed, as does
her less wealthy sister, : . A host of dec
orators and . architects, art furnishers,
picture dealers, curio and antique deal
ers wait upon her commands, and she
must have her future residence rebuilt
and furnished throughout in a style of
approved elegance before she takes
possession of it, if she la to merge her
They are just'some little pointers with
a touch of a newsy vein, ' ■
That are given by a person in haste to
catch a train. ' . . '
He throws together this and 'that in
a hurried,, shifty mass, «v«#M<it«.>.*
With much' tension In his statements
of what surely had come to pass—
But, alas,.the plain reporter sees In
them no boon to glory. -
And Is mindful of much labor to form-
ulata a good story. . • . .
But he gets there all the same.
I have slept under wet skies on the
western plains rolled only in a slngla
blanket and I have experienced th 2
■rigors. of a far northern winter under
primitive conditions. . I guess it will not.
.be-iryifh worse for. me on the isthmus
than it would have been in" the Phil
ippines, where I had intended going to
build railroads. I seem to have come
through my previous experiences pret
ty well and I fancy I hav^ some reserve
■ /■' .' , ■■■•'. ■ ■ ' -, f
American Ladies Why Keep House Independent of ,
Mere Man and Manage Their Own Business Affairs
Independent existence successfully with
her social career.
Thus Miss Van Alen's new house at
125 East Sixty-ninth street Is betngen
tlrely made over for her occupancy. S.
Edson Gage, the architect, Is remodel
ing the the house on the style of the
Adam houses, of which there are quite
a number in London but not many in
New York.
The house will have an entirely new
facade, In the Adam style, made of or
namental brick. The Interior also will
be entirely remodeled, and a thirty
three foot extension is being built
acrpss the entire lot. The entrance will
be on the street level. Back of the
front hall there will be the servants'
hall, the kitchens, etc. The floor one
flight up from the street will be given
over to the drawing room and dining
room. The library and Miss Van
Alen's own chamber and dressing
room will be on the third floor. The
principal fireplaces will also be in the
Adam style of decoration.
The joy of being hard up, so Inevita
bly a part of the bachelor girl's exist
ence — one speaks of the grade of bach
elor maids he has always known—can
hot, one feels, be genuinely felt by the
new order of bachelor girl. Of course,
it is possible to be hard up on almost
any sum If extravagance or generosity
Is a part of one's charactetr, but Miss
Faith Moore, with her seven millions;
Miss Olive Trowbrldge, with her $10,000,
or Miss Van Wart, with her $75,000 an
nually, couldn't find It altogether easy
to be so hard up that she fait the keen
necessity of borrowing from the other
girl In the flat, whether she had any
thing to lend or not. The bachelor girl
who Is continually prosperous is infi
nitely more of a rarity than the one
who Is socially correct.
In the matter of entertaining also the
society bachelor girl will set a new
pace for her sisters who have been be
fore her in the field, not of society, but
J. Freeman Cook
It Is just a little meßsage given over
the nandy 'phone,
In a manner that would Imply a col
umn story of its own.
It ia a "daisy" and a "scoop"'on all
v the papers In the town,
And Is a spicy point of news about a
noted glister Ilrown—
But, alas, the plain reporter haa no
earthly clew to Hurt him,
And starts detective stunts with edl
■ torlal push.behind him.
And he gets there all the same.
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force left to combat conditions in the
tropics, miasma or no miasma."
Mr. Qtevens" fine physique gives Jus
tification for this hope. His eyes have
the clearness that suggest perfect or
gans. His carriage is erect, his man
ner alert, his hand steady. The bronze
of the plains Is painted indelibly on his
cheeks. Broad shouldered, full chested
and strong limbed, he looks every inch
the man to endure physical harass
Some Past Hardships
v IIe has seen more hardships than
most men in his profession. In the
wilds of Canada he has ridden the pack
mule with treacherous Indians for his
guides while engaged in surveying ex
tensions for the Great Northern rail
road to the coast. The red men, weary
of the privations endured, disappeared
one night and left him to fight his bat
tle alone. • Then his pack mule died.
Struggling on through the desolate
country, with aching limbs and sore
feet, depending largely on wild game
for sustenance, he blazed his way and
finally completed his task The route
he laid out for extension was followed
without variance and the present line
of the road through Assinlbola marks
the trail of one of the most remarkable
achievements in Americau railroading.
James J. Hill points to this feat of Mr.
Stevens as the acme of engineering
pluck and ability and is authority for
the statement that not a dollar of the
$900,000 involved In the work was mis
spent. . '
"I shall not be ready to announce any
program of my own In the Panama dis
trict until I familiarize myself with tho
situation there," said Mr. Stevens.
"Taking a long distance chanca on some
of the minor questions involved, I
should say that we need men who are
competent for the executive staff —
broad, mmded American chaps who are
willing to .work hard and softer rsacrj
flces.. It is "not going to be any para
dise down there, as the history of canal
building in the tropics has demonstrat
ed, but there ought to be enough loyal
sons of this government to carry to
completion a project which will have
of single blessedness. The usual kinds
of bachelor girl— the artist, writer,
actress, the kind that do office work or
paint parasols or are taking special
courses ■at Columbia — herd together
more or less. Sometimes there are two
In an apartment, sometimes five. They
entertain informally. They bre fond of
ladies' parties. They go "Dutch tereat"
to the theater, and what they lack in
solid refreshment ' they ■ make up in
giggles. .
But' the society bachelor girl is a
bachelor girl without a chafing dish.
Incongruous though It may seem it
is true. She has regular suppers pre
pared for her by cooks and butlers
when she gives parties and she never
has midnight feasts of preserves on
cheese— and calls It delicious. Neither
does she receive, on the occasion 'of a
flat function, boxes of chocolate cake
and a planked shad from her home
folks down in the country, who are
anxious to take from the measerness
of her artistic career. :
Indeed, the bachelor girls of society
who have thus far set up establish
ments of their own have been noted
for the splendor of their entertain
ments. Miss Van Wart, particularly,
is acknowledged to be one of the most
magnificent hostesses in London so
ciety, and both at her English country
place, Dltton Park, and her town house,
32 Curzon street, receives her friends
Had a Narrow Escape From Death
From Short Stories.
A physician had a hurry call the
other night to a pretty flat on the
south side of Fort Worth, where a
forlorn man was taking care of him
self as best he could while his wife
was visiting in the east. The doctor
arrived a little after midnight, to find
a pale and agitated man walking the
floor and clutching in j one trembling
hand a small vial marked "Morphine."
j''l've taken enough to klli'an'army."
he gasped. "I thought it wns quinine.
For ' heaven's sake, do something
Well, the doctor did a number of
things, and all as quickly as possible,
and the man put in a horrible quarter
of an hour — several of them, in fact,
for the medical man was one of your
painstaking and thorough kind.
The man was pronounced out of
danger by morning, and as his anxiety
lessened his wrath Increased. Any
woman who would go off and leave a
a momentous effect on the commerce
of America and the world.
"If not enough American labor la
available to do the work within a rea
sonable time,' recourse may be had to
those who are better acclimated to the
canal district. When the work of con
struction is in full sway I should think
80,000 men would be none too many.
"The Panama railroad, of course, is
a most Important adjunct to the scheme
of operations, and probably an early .
increase of Its efficiency would be
advisable to facilitate the work of ex.
cavatlon. The whole problem lam sure
can be worked out satisfactorily and
carried to completion once it in decided
Just what the nature and scope of the
canal are to be — whether sea level on
provided with locks."
If Mr. Stevens finishes his task In
ten years he will come into the zenith
of his glory at the age of sixty- two*
years. Judging the probabilities of life'
from his present physical prowess, he
may fairly figure on fifteen or even
twenty years In which to enjoy the
plaudits of his fellowmen.'
It is not the intention of Mrs. Stevens
and her three eons to go to Panama to
live, although a fine residence provided
by the government will be there ' for
the use of the chief engineer** family:
Mr. Stevens expects to be abe to come
home occasionally and the members of
his family probably will spenl favor
able periods with him ' at the base' of
his operations.
His residence on the Lake' Shore!
drive in Chicago is one of ;the . most »' ;
attractive homes on that . fashionable :";
street. He has.no present purpose of, [J
relinquishing it. Besides Mrs. Stevens' V
his family consists of Deland Stevens,',
a young man of 23, who Is following the!";
profession of his father, in the .Indian %
Territory. ; .'Later, it is ■ likely, he^wlU^
go to Panama as a student of the en-,,
glneerlng .' problem :to,be.' solved.' 3.lo"
ward off any charge of nepotism, , how^v
ever, he may be excluded from 'even "a V.
subordinate executive position." 'The: ;
other sons are John F. Stevens,' Jr., who if
is now preparing to enter Tale univer- j ;,
slty, and Eugene, aged nine years...."-
at entertainments the magnificence of
which has made her name known in
many countries.
And in one other particular— perhaps
in this more than in any 'other— the
society bachelor girl differs from* all
others of. her class. Independent
though she be, she is as closely chap
eroned us the most clinging miss j who
knows no more of the world than the
home shelter. The bachelor ■ girls 'of
other circles chaperon each other when
a chaperon is necessary. Nor do they"'
recognize any Impropriety in being en
tirely unchaperoned.
But for the benefit ' of the society
bachelor girl the duenna comes | Into
eocial being. Some elderly cousin , or
aunt is usually chosen for this pur
pose, if such a person is to be had. If
not, then some exceedingly sedate and
excessively correct elderly woman :of
good position. The duties of this lady
are all comprised in her sacrifices to
the proprieties, her self-effacement and
her acquiescence in the plans of the
young mistress of the house. She is
there, a prominently placed figure, be
fore which society itself must bow low,
the head in gratitude and respect if for
no other reason than because society!
itself has evoked her. As for the bach
elor girls, they are perhaps grateful
that no more onerous condition is im
posed upon the enjoyment of their,
bottle of poison in the medicine chest
where anybody looking . for quinine
pills might find it, ought jto be— he
couldn't find words to express .what
ought to happen .to her. The letter he
wrote that wife of his next day ..was,
of a sort to keep her 'hair in 1 curl in;
the dampest weather. She is, however,
a perfectly heartless creature, and this
is what she,i wrote back: • ''"^H* ~'.
"You ought to be more careful about -
taking thing's without looking, at 'the
bottle. I've. told you that before3Yinl*
glad you "called'the doctor, . for , I ,' "don't?
know ■ what .: would i have . happened ' ih.
you hadn't. .1 marked that bottle mor-'
phine to keep -the maid from taking
anything 1 out lof it. 1 What • you ; took «
were < some ' of those : sachet • tablets j
Flora sent . me from Paris, and I'm ;
sorry you wasted them."
The cotton , factories In Lancashire
spin enough thread In six second* to gc
around th« world. :

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