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UPE GIRARDEAU. ' - MISSOURI
SINGING IN CAMP.
The army camp In quietude
Neath Cuban skies wag near to slumber
For rank on rank within the wood
Had stacked the arms that heavy cum
ber; It seemed the world was wooing sleep,
A sleep to homesick hearts so wily,
When down the line some voice rang deep
A note of love to. "Mamie Reilly."
A hush of death, save for that voice!
But oh! how many thoughts were wing
ing! And then, as though 'twere each one's
A thousand others Joined the singing:
For each had sweethearts somewheres,
And war had lost its dash and splendor;
The Cuban wood and twilight gloam
Had made each soldier's heart grow ten
der. Then, farther down the line, there rang
The notes of "Sweet Marie," and solemn
As anthems ancient choirs sang
The chorus rolled adown the column;
For soldier hearts, in war so strong.
Hath ever peaceful memories clinging,
Ar.d every voice that line along
To some afar Marie was singing.
A lull, and then from out a group
Of tents that in the woodland rested
A song broke forth that to the troop
A loyalty and love attested.
"Along the Wabash" reached the ears
Of tired corps in rest reposing.
And then there rosea burst of cheers.
The Indiana camp disclosing.
Then sudden blew a bugler's note.
The call of "taps" "lights out" and
The soldier breathed a prayer by rote:
That One might hold within His keeping
The destinies of those at home.
To whom his sweetest thoughts were
And in the gathering even's gloom
A heart was softened by the singing.
Roy Farrell Greene. In Leslie's Weekly.
i A SelMsolated Crnsoe.
ON C'EDKO.S ISLAM), 330 miles south
of San Diego.off the coast of Lower
California, a man is living the life of
Robinson Crusoe and he likes it so much
that he won't come home. He is Dr.
F. G. Powers, of San Diego. He was
he nt down to the island to retain pos
session of it in the name of a mining
company claiming a concession upon
it. The life was pleasant to him, and
after some months spent there he con
sented to remain. His mother desir
ing to go down to the island, the lonely
man consented to have her do so, and
tney have been there ever since, ap
parently without a desire to see civ
iiiation. They are heard from occa
sionally through the visits of passing
schooners, and the report from the
iiand invariably is that "Dr. Powers
and his mother are well and happy
and don't care to leave the island
It is now almost four years since the
couple chosp that lonely spot for a
home. The lonesomeness, they say.
soon passed away. Dr. Powers, it must
be confessed, has a streak of laziness
in his make up.
"I take it easy," he told the skipper
of the schooner Alta. "I have plenty
of time on my hands, but I am not idle
as much a? you would think. There is
wood to get for mother, helping her
with the housework, the killing of a
goat occasionally, the catching of fish,
the repairs to our house, and so on.
ramble over the island and get speci
mens of plants and flowers and trees,
and pick up mineral specimens, too.
We have books to read and nature to
contemplate. It is the idea! life."
Judging from this it may be con
jictured that Dr. Powers is somewhat
of a philosopher, as well as a well-edu
cated man. The chances are that he is
a natural philosopher every lazy man
is said to be. Perhaps he is right. At
anv rate, he declines everv offer to
transport him back to civilization, and
his mother says that she, too, is per
Some months afro a schooner was
wrecked on the mainland opposite
(Ydros island, and three of the crew
jumping into a small boat, rowed and
sailed to tedros, where they were
cared for by Dr. Powers and his moth
er. The men were more dead than
alixe when they staggered from the
boat upon the beach. They had, been
without water for two days a:id with
out food for four days. One of the men
was ill for six weeks. The others,
hardy Swedes, rapidly recovered. A
schooner going up from the guano
islaiuU to San Diego stopped for water,
and one of the Swedes and the sick man
eagerly took passage for home. The
third man, known as Stuttering Pete,
refused to leave the island. In the
lew weeks he had been there a spell
had been woven around him by Dr.
Powers that was too strong to break.
While the sight of a sail in the oiling
brought a thrill of happiness to his
heart, the chains of liobinson Crusoe's
life pleased him still better. He saw
the sail fade away on the horizon with
out much regret. From that d.ty to
this Stuttering Pete, from all that can
be learned, is as happy a castaway as
was ever seen. He and Dr. Powers are
companions and enjoy their long walks
over the island. They hunt goats on
the precipitous sides of the mountains
and seek out the strange growths to
be found in the mossy canons and on
the higher hills. I
Dr. Powers is mere fortunate than
Crusoe in one respect, and that is, he
has communication with the main
land, infrequent though it be. A coast
ing steamer calls at the island about
every six weeks and leaves provisions
for the islanders. A store of illustrat
ed papers and magazines, books and
other reading matter is also left. Thus
the trio live in comfort.
"When we were there last week,"
said the purser of this steamer, "Dr.
Towers rowed out to see us. He rarely
! '''''i1 our vessel, prefering to remain
I on the island. He has a fierce black
I beard, and his hair U very lone. But
in ... -
omerwtse ins appearance is civilized.
He has none of the wild light that is
seen In the eye of men who have been
cast away or marooned to starve, such
as we saw in the crew of the Minna
when we picked them up at Black War
rior lagoon. Dr. Powers is very quiet,
however, and seems to grow more re
tiring and taciturn every time we go
to the island. He replies to questions
pleasantly enough, but volunteers no
"I was curious to know if he kept a
garden to supply himself and his moth
er with fresh vegetables." No, he said.
he didn't bother with keeping a gar
den. 1 hey had canned vegetables, and
when cooked nicely they were just as
good as fresh. Now the fact is that
Dr. Powers is too lazy to hoe in a
garden. He might have a verv nice
patch of green things growing. There
is plenty of water that could be di
verted for irrigation, and the warm
climate would make vegetables grow
amazingly. But he prefers to climb
the hills with Stuttering Pete, killing
goats. When our steamer was sailing
away we saw Dr. Powers and Pete
start out for a walk along the beach
hunting for mussels.
I have not seen Mrs. Powers for
some months. The last time I saw her
was when I went ashore to see the
home of the couple. It was a little
cabin that had been built bv the min
ing company for the superintendent,
but now everything was deserted ex
cept by these three people. The house
was quite comfortable inside. Mrs.
Powers was cheerful as you please.
She greeted us all kindly, and went
bustling around apologizing for the
scant luxury of her home, just as Mrs.
Leeks or Mrs. Aleshine would have
done. She thought no more of being
alone on a desert island, with only her
eon and a Swedish sailor for company,
than if she had been on a ranch five
miles from town. Yet she is, year in
and year out, almost entirely alone,
and for four years she has not seen
one of her own sex.
"The comfort of the lonely home and
the charm of a do-nothing life almost
made me desire to stay on the island,
too. It is a lotus eaters' life. There is
no worry about it, no straining of
nerves, no rivalry of pride or pocket
books. On the island Stuttering Pete
is joint king of the realm. On the.
mainland Stuttering Pete is an out
cast sailor, to be cursed and cuffed
by some blustering mate. That is the
Dr. Powers wrote a letter to a friend
once, giving hints of his life on Cedros
"It is more like Robinson Crusoe's
life than you would think." he said.
"In fact, we have a copy of 'Robinson
Crusoe here, and have done many
things mentioned in that book to ad
vantage. I have enlarged a cave, as
Crusoe did, for the protection of part
of our supplies. While we do not live
in fear of wild animals or wild men, we
keep a good eye out, especially when
guano pirates or goat-killing maraud
ers come along the coast. We heard
that at Guadalupe island they had
IT IS A LOTUS EATER'S LIFE,
trouble with a crew of piratical goat-
killers, and Stuttering Pete and I pre
pared to give them a warm reception
if they showed up on our kingdom. We
rigged up a number of rifles on a place
commanding the lauding, so that eacn
of us could be protected behind
bowldersand shoot two rifles each. We
could have kept a good-sized crowd at
bay. Fortunately for both sides, they
did not visit us.
"The charm of this iife grows upon
me. 1 would not lie a dweller in Drit-K
walls and grunting under the burden
of modern life for all the wealth there
is to be found in New York. What do
we get beyond our food and shelter?
If I sleep well, enjoy health and a hppy
mind, I am better off than one living
in a c;tv, though ne piles up minions.
I do not see opera every night, but I
eniov a keen appetite and find intel
lectual pleasure in contemplating the
ea and land. Sometimes I find myself
wrapt m thoughts far higher than I
have power to express, which yield me
the greatest enjoyment. If I were a
poet I would not lack for a theme that
might do much to change the hearts
of meu from their money-getting mad
In the vastness of the night, with a
storm on, the sra boiling aud howling
all around us, I see the tremendous
fortes that are little known to those
ivinc in cities. I believe I realize more
clearly the paltriness of the jostling
crowd. On the silent moonlight nights,
with leagues of shining sea around me.
1 feel that even a self-isolated Crusoe
may be as important in the scheme of
things asa greasy, hoggish millionaire.
We are all too small to contemplate.'
From which it appears that Dr. Pow
ers spends much of his time in philoso
phy, when others think he is merely
lazy. The question that occurs is:
What philosophy does Mrs. Powers ap
ply to make herself contented. X. Y.
I II I HIS
Successful Launching of the Great
Fighting Sea Monster at New
port News, Va.
MANY PEOPLE OF PROMINENCE PRESENT.
The Ceremony Witnessed by a Crowd Esti
mated at t ally Forty Thousand People
The Christening Gracefully Performed
by Miss Nanny Letter "I Christen Thee
Newport News, Va., Oct. 4. New
port News was thronged with -visitors
from far and near who came to wit
ness the launching of the battleship
Illinois. Chicago and Washington
were represented by delegations of
prominent men and women, while the
nearby cities and villages emptied
themselves of their population in order
to assist the state of Illinois in honor
ing the baptism of the great ship
which is to bear the name of the Frai
An Enormous Crowd Present.
A conservative estimate places the
crowd of visitors at fully 20,000, and
it is believed that fully 30,000 persons
witnessed the ceremonies attendant
upon the launching. The weather wis
Among the prominent persons from
the national capital was Assistant Sec
retary of the Navy Allen, who came
here from Portsmouth, where he has
been inspecting the navy yard. He
was on board the dispatch boat Dol
phin, and also attended the launching
luncheon at the Chamberlain hotel in
The New Battle Ship Illinois.
The dimensions of the Illinois are as follows: Length on loa.l watei line. 36X fet; beam, eitreme. 78 feet 2 inches: draft on normal displacement of 11.53
tons. 23 feet Incurs: maximum diplae-m-nt, all ummunilioa and stores on board. 12.JJ5 tons; maximum indicated borse power (estimated), 10.0.0; probable
Kpced. I6H knots: normal coal supply. 8'H tons: coal supply, loose storasfo. l.ao tons; lull bunker capacity. l.J0 to 1.600 tons; complement of officers 40; seamea.
uiarinos. etc.. . The main battery will consist of four ttairteen-inch bre-ch loading rifles in Hlchborn balanced turrets, oval in shape and placed in the center
line of the vessel, and fourteen siy-inch rapid-lire guns. condary battery wiil consist of &Uteen six-pouuder rapid-fire guns, four one-pounder rapid-tire
tuns, two Colt iruiis and two Held uumv
The steamer Newport News brought
down from Washington the following
invited guests: Commodore and Mrs.
M. T. Kndicott. ( apt. A. S. Crownin-
sliield. Paymaster-! ieneral Edwin Stew
art, Engincer-in-Chicf George W. Mel
ville, Surgeon-General W. K. 'Van Rey
pen and wife. Chief Constructor Philip
Iliehborn and wife. I apt. and Mrs.
Samuel C. Lemlcy. judge advocate gen
eral; Secretary of Agriculture Wilson
and daughter; Assistant Secretary of
War Meikeljohn, Hon. Martin, Knapp
and wife, J. D. Yoeman and wife.
The big battleship was successfully
launched at 12:32 p. in., amid the en
thusiastic cheers of the vast multitude
of people and the blasts of hundreds
MISS NANCY LEITER.
At 10:30 o'clock Miss Nancy Leiter,
Sponsor for the Illionois, accompanied
by a distinguished party from Chica
go, ascended the christening stand.
There was considerable delay in per
fecting all of the preliminary arrange
ments, but the immense throng waited
patiently until the only remaining ob
stacle was the single plank which held
the vessel in position. A hush feel over
the crowd as the sharp saw cut its
way through the timler. When the
supreme moment came Miss Leiter
poised the gaily decorated liottle of
champajrne in her right hand and, as
the big battleship moved slowly to
ward the river, cast it against the re
Mlm Leiter Used Wine.
The bottle crashed into a thousand
fragments and the wine streamed
down che side of the nation's new de
fender. As the great vessel moved
down the ways cheer after cheer wen
up from the multitude of spectators,
whose enthusiastic shouts almost
drowned the noisy welcometo the new
comer sounded by the whistles in the
harbor. The Illinois struck the water
with a resounding splash, and floated
majestically out into the stream.
FAVORABLE FOR INDOOR WORK
The American Peace Commissioners la
Parts Hear the Views of Gen. Mer
ritt and Admiral Dewey.
Paris, Oct. 5. The morning was cold
and disagreeable, favoring indoor
work, of which each peace commis
sion has plenty on hand. The Ameri
can commissioners determined to de
vote yesterday's session to a confer
ence with Maj.-Gen. Merritt.
The session of the American com
mission began at ten o'clock and
lasted until one o'clock in the after
noon. Gen. Merritt detailed to the
commissioners his personal views and
those of Rear-Admiral Dewey regard
ing the physical, geographical, moral
and political conditions prevailing in
the Philippine islands.
Gen. Merritt's exposition of his per
sonal views and judgment of the Phil
ippine islands was not finished yester
day. He will meet the commission
again to-day, when he will continue to
discharge his errand here.
President Montero Rios of the Span
ish commission and his colleagues
were busy yesterday with telegraphic
and other correspondence.
A DANGEROUS SITUATION.
Working to Extinguish Fire In the Hold
of a Transport Laden with
Santiago de Cuba, Oct. 5. The
United States transport Obdam, which
left here on Sunday, has returned
with her bunkers on fire. The pres
ence of fire was discovered Sunday
morning at ten o'clock in the main
hold, which was at once flooded with
50 tons of water, and a gang of men
was put to work removing the amu:ii
tion, of which the ship carried a large
supply. All the officers and soldiers
who were well enough to do so worked
hard to extinguish the flames. Every
means available is now being . em
ployed to extinguish the fire, and it is
hoped she will be able to leave here
again in three days' time. Surgeon
Major Seaman reported all well on
OVATION TO GEN. LEE.
An Uproarious Time at Wallace's Theater
In New York A Spontaneous Ova
tion to the Ureat General.
New York, Oct. 5. Maj.-Gen. Fitz
hugh Lee received an uproarious ova
tion at Wallack's theater last night.
With a party of friends he entered a
box to hear the opera "The Fortune
Teller," which is being presented by
Miss Alice Neilsen and company.
The auditorium being dark, he was
not recognized during the course of
the first act. Just before the curtain
fell a bunch of roses was thrown upon
Miss Neilsen had observed the gal
lant southerner in his full uniform of
major-general and promptly threw
the roses into his box. The attention
of the audience was attracted, the
lights went up and the general was
Cheer upon cheer rent the air. Cries
of "Speech!" and "Our next presi
dent!" were heard. Gen. Lee bowed
again and again, but did not other
The curtain then arose again and
revealed the entire company of SO or
90 people standing massed on the
stage. They gave three cheers for
Gen. Lee and then sang "The Star-
Spangled Banner," the audience join
ing in with wild enthusiasm.
By this time the audience had arisen
to a hifrh pitch of excitement. The
patriotic hymn had no sooner ended
than men and women left their seats
and crowded around the Lee lox.
Gen. Lee leaned over the balustrade
and shook hands with as many as he
could reach. Some time elapsed be
fore the excitement subsided and the
performance could be resumed.
Burled In a Sand Bank and Taken Out
St. Joseph, Mo Oct. 5. A special to
the Daily News says Lloyd and Joseph
Henderson and Frank Dorst, farmers
near Rockport, Mo., were buried in a
sand bank in which they were digging
yesterday, and were dead when taken
out an hour after the cave-in occurred.
The Hendersons were brothers, aged
16. and IS years, respectively. Dorst
was 33 years old and married.
Spanish Fours and Gold In Madrid.
Madrid, Oct. 5. Spanish 4s closed
yesterday at 65.90. Gold was quoted
White Officers Lured to Their Reser
. ration and Held Intense
THE FATE OF THE LATTER UNKNOWN.
The Fear Gaining Gronnd that Marshal
O'Connor and Inspector Tinker Have
Been Captured by the Turbulent Indians
on Their Reservation Hope that the
Trouble Can be Peacefully Settled.
Washington, Oct. 5. The following
dispatch about the Chippewa Indian
trouble from Indian Inspector Tinker,
at the White Earth reservation in
Minnesota, sent Sunday night, was
received by Secretary Bliss yesterday:
Walker, Minn, Oct. 3.
Held a council yesterday. It amounted
to nothing;, as none but the Indians resid
ing near the agency attended. The lake
was so rough that the Indians from Bear
Island, Otter Fall and Cass Lake couid
not come. Adjourned until to-day to give
the Indians a chance to come in. From
the most reliable information obtainable
these Indians would not attend a council,
neither will they surender the guilty par
ties. All Is quiet at the agency.
Inspector . Tinker was yesterday
wired to telegraph a complete report
of the cause of the trouble. The dis
patch was discussed at the cabinet
meeting yesterday between the attorney-general
and Secretary Bliss, and
the latter expressed the opinion that
there need be no alarm over the out
come. Hopes for a Peaceful Solution of the
St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 5. Gen. Bacon,
commander of the department of Da
kota, with Capt. Wilkinson and 80 sol-
diers, left yesterday for Walker,
Minn., to look after the Leech Lake In
dian troubles. The soldiers are taken
along as a precautionary measure, for
(!en. Bacon, who has had much ex
perience with Indians, hopes to be able
to secure a peaceable solution of the
trouble. He expected to reach Walk
er early last night. The soldiers took
shelter tents and supplies and are pre
pared to remain for some time, if con
The Fear Gaining Ground that Marshal
O'Connor and Inspector Tinker Have
Been Captured by the Indians.
Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 5. A spe
cial to the Journal from Walker,
Minn., says: "There is intense ex
citement here. A story has come in
that I'nited States Marshal O'Connor
and Inspector Tinker have been cap
tured by the Bear Island Pillager In
dians and held as hostages. Early
yesterday two emissaries from the
Bear islanders put in an appearance
and announced that the bucks for
whom warrants had been issued would
surrender, provided that the entire
tril)e be permitted to confer with Mar
shal O'Connor and the inspector.
1 he officers were advised not to
trust to the representations of the In
dians, who stipulated that they would
not treat with the whites if any other
persons thac the marshal an inspec
tor went to the island. O'Connor and
Tinker at once made arrangements to
leave. Half an hour after their de
parture some of the Indians about
town began boasting that they would
never return. No stock was taken in
these assertions at first, but as the
talk became louder it began to be be
lieved that a preconcerted plan of the
Indians for the capture of the two
officials had been carried out. The
distance to Bear Island by steamer is
about 30 miles. Both the marshal
and inspector went entirely unarmed.
The arrival of Gen. Bacon with re
inforcements from Fort Snelling is
Massachusetts Democratic State Ticket.
Worcester, Mass., Oct. 5. The ticket
nominated by the Democratic state
convention here is as follows:
For Governor Alexander B. Bruce,
Lieutena n t-Governor Edward J.
Slattery, of Framingham.
Secretary of Commonwealth Henry
Lloyd, oi Boston.
Treasurer and Receiver Gen. Pierre
Bonvoulier, of Holyoke.
Auditor Charles E. Parker, of Bos
Attorney ra trick Kilroy.of Springfield.
SCH00NER PALMER WRECKED.
Drlvea to Destruction by the -Has
rleaae Several of the Crew Cast
Away and Lost.
Charleston, & C, Oct. 5. The four
masted schooner Sarah E. Palme'r.Capt.
Whittier, with phosphate rock, from
Charlotte Harbor to Cateret, N. X,
was lost Sunday morning off Stone In
let, seven miles south of Charleston.
The ' Palmer ran into the storm off
when five days out. The pumps were)
kept working. She lost her anchor
Saturday night, then when half full of
water Sunday morning the full force
of the storm struck her, and her su
perstructure was washed away. Her
crew took to the rigging, where they
remained until Sunday morning, when
they tried to take to the boats. One
boat was smashed and one sunk. The
captain and two negro seamen floated
on a reefing plank. The captain was
washed away three miles, finally sink
ing. The two negroes were washed
ashore at Edisto Island and brought
to Charleston yesterday morning.
Besides the captain, six men were
washed overboard, the wreck washing
on the beach.
The Palmer was one of the largest
schooners in the coasting trade, and
was a collier for the government is
Took the Pmsle Add Route.
New Haven, Conn., Oct. 5. Henry E.
McDermott, assistant professor of
chemistry at Columbia university.
New York, was found unconscious at
the corner of Beers street and Edge-
wood avenue,and died soon after. It
developed that the had committed sui
cide with prussic aci-
PEACE JUBILEE WEEK.
Ex-Confederates Especially Invited to be
Present and Participate In the Cere
monies of the Oecanloii.
New Orleans, Oct. 5. Adjutant-General
Moorman, by order of Gen. J. B.
Gordon, commanding United Confed
erate Veterans, yesterday issued an
order stating that a cordial fraternal
letter has been received at those head
quarters from. Gen. L. S. Clarkson,
past commander of the G. A. R., now
general manger of the Transmississip
pi and International exposition at
Omaha, Neb., especially inviting all
ex-confederates to attend that exposi
tion during peace jubilee week, from
October 10 to 15.
The general commanding desires
this generous invitation made known
to all the United Confederate Veteran
camps and to all ex-confederates, so
that as many as desire can attend the
most interesting and patriotic cere
monies. A NOVEL SUIT.
The Owners of a Quarantined Vessel Soe
for Relief They Claim to flare a
Clear Bill of Health.
New Orleans, Oct. 5. An interest
ing suit, in view of prevailing yellow
.fevt-r, was tiled yesterdav by the
French Navigation Co., which owns
the steamship Britannia. The Bri
tannia arrived several days ago at the
mouth of the river with 408 Italian im
migrants. Believing that the landing
of these strangers in the city might
provide fresh material for the fever
and thus seriously endanger public
health, the board of health issued an
order holding the ship at the mouth of
the river. The company sues for relief,
saying the ship has a clean bill of
health, and that the board of health is
acting by virtue of a state law that is
unconstitutional, in view of the fact
that congress alone has the right to
regulate foreign commerce. Damages
are as'ied of the officers of the board of
To Participate In Ohio Day Celebration.
Denver, Col., Oct. 5. Hon. Lyman J.
Ohio and his staff reached Chicago on
the Panhandle, and left on the Bur
lington for Omaha to take part in the
exercises of Ohio day the exposition.
The party will return home via St.
Secretary Gsge at Denver.
Chicago, Oct. 5. Over 750 delegate
Gage, secretary of the treasury, ar
rived in Denver, accompanied by his
wife. He comes to Colorado for the.
purpose of inspecting mines in Boulder;
county, in which he is Interested.