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• VAN TASSEL SUTPHEN
The Tiptop Tip
_ *-> TOU know Abingdon square?
IrA it is a small, irregularly shaped
ISj! triangle of asphalt situated on
leS' the lower West Side, and at the
intersecting point of Eighth ave
nue and Hudson street. The houses
that front upon it have seen
better days. Many of them are now
the quarters of cheap political clubs
or centers of foreign revolutionary
propaganda. It is a neighborhood that
has finally lost all semblance to gen
tility and has become frankly and un
reservedly shabby. A square, mind
you, and not a park, for there is neither
blade of grass nor tree in all of its
dreary expanse. Half a block to the
north lies a minute gore of land sur
rounded by an iron fence, and here are
flowers and greenery upon which the
eye may rest and be satisfied. But in
Abingdon square proper there is only
the music stand, that occupies the mid
dle of the miniature plaza, a hideous
wooden structure in which one of the
city bands plays on alternate Sunday
afternoons during the summer. How
ever, open space counts in the city, and
the air circulates a trifle more freely
through the square than it does in the
Bide streets —at least, that is the opin
ion of the neighborhood people, and
they flock there on a hot night like
seals at a blow hole. Even the sub
merged tenth must come up to breathe
now and then. During the dreadful
passage of a hot wave from the west
one may count them by the dozens,
coatless and even shirtless wretches,
lying prone on the flagstone'- like fish
made ready for the grid. Occasionally,,
a street cleaning "White Wings" will
be c6mpasslonate enough to open a fire
hydrant, under pretence of flushing the
gutters, and then, for a few minutes,
there is Joy in Abingdon square.
Women line the curb, cooling their feet
In the rushing flood; the men light
their pipes and contentedly watch the
children as they paddle about. There is
the echo of mountain brooks in the
gush of the water as it roars from the
hydrant. With eyes tight closed one
may conjecture up the phantasma of
green leaves waving and of meadows
knee-deep with lush grasses and starred
with ox-eyes. Such is Abingdon
square on a night in early August
when first the dog star begins to rage.
Now my friend Esper Indiman is a
social philosopher; life in all its phases
interests him tremendously. Conse
quently, he likes to take long rides on
trolley cars. He calls them his vaude
ville in miniature, and sometimes the
performance is amusing—I acknowl
edge it freely. But tonight the actors
were few and the play dull. I began to
yawn. The car, one of the Eighth ave
nue line bound down town, swung
round a curve into Abingdon square,
and Indiman touched my arm.
"What's going on over there?" he
Although it was not a concert night,
there was a crowd around the band
stand. It looked as though some one
was haranguing t'.ia assemblage from
the vantage point of the music pavilion
—a local political orator or perhaps a
street preacher. "Salvation Army," I
"Shall we take a look?" I nodded,
and we alighted and pushed our way to
It was a young man who stood
there, rather a nice looking chap,
with a broad forehead, from which the
thin hair fell away in a tumbled wave.
He was attired in evening clothes, as
■uredly an unusual sight in Abingdon
square, where they do not dress for
dinner, and the expression upon his
countenance was that of recklessness
tempered with a certain half humorous
melancholy. "One dollar," he repeated,
as we came within sight and hearing.
"Do I hear no other bid. One dollar,
one dollar. Will any gentleman make
It a half?"
"I'll give fifty for your skull alone,"
spoke up a youngish, sallow-faced man
who stood directly opposite the stand.
"On condition," he added, in a lower
tone, "that the goods are delivered at
Bellevue before the end of the week."
Foot of Twenty-sixth street, you
The young man smiled with a path
etic quizzicallty. "Now, doctor," he
said reproachfully, "there's no use in
going over that ground again. I made
the terms of the sale perfectly plain,
and there can be no deviation from
"Well, if that's your last word," re-
HOW OOAL OIL JOHNNY
BURNED. UP $3,000 A DAY
8N the intoxication of suddenly ac
quired wealth, $300,000 in hand and
an income of $3,000 a week from
old and new leases on the Widow Mc-
Cllntock farm in Pennsylvania, John
W. Steele resolved to reveal his opu
lence to the world, to see everything In
it, and by no means through a smoked
glass. In his ignorance, for he could
not do much more than write his name,
he saw in^he fortune only the oppor
tunity for personal display, and he sud
denly burst with butterfly radiance Into
grimy Rouseville, the nearest town to
the old homestead, teeming with all
conditions of men, honestly or dishon
estly bent on eating at Dives' table or
•craping up the crumbs of gold that
fell around it.
But for this young Croesus this town
■was only a pent up Utlca. Thence to
Tltusville and Oil City and finally to
Plttsburg, where he found an orbit
large enough to spread his wings. A
mere chronology of his public acts
comprehends his whole history. He ap
peared to the guests of the old Monon
gahela house in a coat of blue velvet,
giving the head waiter who had usher
ed him to a seat a $100 bill and his im
mediate servitor a fifty when he put
down the soup, and a second fifty when
the meal was finished, and that obse
quious person asked: "Is that all
His first publk sensation was at a
music hall, when he stepped from his
box to the stage and said to the black
face comedian: "Sing that again, and
here is a thousand." Prom this resort
he drove to the Sanitary fair being
held in one of the large halls, reaching
the floor as someone was making a pat
riotic appeal "for the contribution of
one day's Income!" "Here you are,
■lr," and pushing through a gaping
crowd which easily parted, he handed
up five $500 bills. "What name, sir?"
"Put it down to 'Coal Oil Johnny,'"
thus coining the sobriquet which was
never effaced. He was recognized by a
THE OATES OF CHANCE
torted the unsuccessful bidder, "I'll
say good evening." He turned to In
diman, who stood at his elbow. "A
fakir!" he growled, disgustedly. "Now,
I'll leave It to you, sir."
"If you will acquaint me with the
essential particulars," said Indiman, "I
shall be most happy to pronounce upon
"In two words. This cheap Josher
has been, offering to sell himself, out
and out, to the highest bidder. I make
him a cash offer and he takes water."
"Pardon me," Interrupted the young
man in evening dress, "but your bid is
plainly for what the students in medi
cal colleges call a 'subject.' Now, I ex
pressly disclaimed any intention of
terminating my material existence at
any fixed period in the future. On the
contrary, it is for the purpose of pro
longing my life that I am driven to
this extraordinary procedure. It is my
self, my talents and my services of
which I desire to dispose. My skull,
in which you seem to take such an in
terest, goes, of course, with the bar
gain. But I do not guarantee immedi
"Your services," sneered the student
of medicine. "May I inquire into their
nature and nominal cash" valuation?"
"I am an experienced leader of the
cotillion," answered the young man in
evening clothes, with a sweet and
"I play a fair hand at bridge, and
have an unexceptionable eye for match
"That about sums up my list of ac
complishments, but I dare say that I
could learn to dig, for I have my full
complement of limbs. Finally, a rare
and pretty talent for losing money and
a penchant for the unlucky side of
•'Well, gentlemen," declared the stu
dent of medicine, with a snort, "it's
quite evident that we're playing the
fool together. I wish you a very good
evening, and the devil take all craw
fishers." And with that he warched
off, evidently in high dudgeon.. A lit
tle ripple of laughter swept over the
upturned faces of the crowd.
"One dollar," repeated the young
man, his voice full of polite weari
ness. "Do I hear no other bid? I of
fer myself, a human chattel, at abso
lute sale; no reservations; warranted
sound and kind; no objection to the
country; not afraid of the elevated rail
"Five dollars," said a voice at the
rear, and a short, stout man, with lit
tle, black, beadlike eyes, held up hts
hand to identify his bid. "Joe Bardl,"
said a man to his neighbor. Both
"And who is Joe Bardi V inquired In
"Business of shipping sailors. There's
big money in it, they say."
"Ah, yes, a crimp—isn't that what
they call them?"
"Right you are, mister. A hard one,
too; it'll be a sharp man that does for
old Joe Bardi."
"Five dollars," came again from the
squat figure with its ratlike eyes, and
the young man in evening dress paled
a little. He had overheard the colloquy
between Indiman and the native Ab
ingdonian, and it is difficult to regard
with equanimity the prospect of a trip
before the mast—to China, let us say.
In an American ship, too, more shame
to us that it must be said.
But the young man was thorough
bred. He had sat down to play a des
perate game with fortune, and he could
not withdraw with the cards on the
"Five dollars," he repeated, mechan
ically. "Five dollars. What am I of
fered? Five dollars."
"Want me to buy you dat, Mame?"
said a half-grown boy of the unmis
takable tough type. "Whatjer soy?
Five cases for dat mug! And Tues
day ain't bargain day, nuther."
"Well, It looks like thirty cents,"
said Mame, critically. "In Chinese
money, too —thirty yen-yen. What you
say, John?" The crowd laughed again.
"Five dollars," repeated the young
man, and there were little drops of
sweat on the broad, fair forehead.
"Five dollars, five dollars. Do I hear
no other bid? Five dollars —going—
It was Indiman who spoke, and this
time the crowd gaped In good earnest.
An indescribable emotion possessed
for an instant the face of the young
man In evening clothes. Then he fell
back upon his first manner, half-petu
lant, half-mocking. "Six dollars I am
bid," he announced briskly, and look-
Venango county man. "John, we want
a soldiers' monument in Franklin."
Steele searched his pockets. "That Is
all the change I have," and he passed
over $2,800. It is said that, saving the
monument at Girard, in Erie county,
toward which Dan Rice contributed
$5,000, this was the first memorial
raised in this state to the fallen heroes.
He Chose ■ Diamond
Among his less reprehensible diver
sions were his princely gifts to concert
saloon dancers and minstrel perform
ers, for whom he had a special liking.
"Meeting Cool Burgess casually, he
said: "You want something in that
scarf." and taking him Into Keiley's
Jewelry store, added: "Choose!" Bur
gess was not so weak but that he
could choose a $1,500 diamond. A
crowd of men followed him into a
Ninth street saloon. "All the cham
pagne you men can drink out of your
hats." And when they had drunk out
of and battered the tiles he marched
them into Oakford'fi and dressed their
heads anew at $20 per.
Being caught in Arch street in a rain,
he spied a cab. "Take me to the
Girard." "This cab's engaged." "Is
it engaged now?" shoving a $100 bill
Into the driver's hand. "1 think not,"
smiled the man. At the door of the
Girard, where a throng was awaiting
him he thrust $1,000 into the astounded
driver's vest. "L/et me see a better
rig tomorrow." Wherever he went
there went with him Slocum and Tea
gle, neither suffering from their ob
sequious attachment. It Is to be said
of them—possibly because they saw for
their own good diminished possibili
ties—that they endeavored to keep him
out of the gambling dens. He insisted,
however, and left over $16,009 In the
tiger's maw. When Skin* and Gaylord
brought their minstrel troupe to Con
cert hall Steele became enamored with
its life. Here was something better
than organizing a colored band In Lo
cust street, giving it heavy gold braid
ed uniforms and solid silver instru-
THE ST. PAUL GLOBE. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1904
Ed straight at the shipping agent.
Joe Bardi hesitated. "And a half,"
he said, tentatively, as an angler who
feels the mouth of the fish that he
fears may be insecurely hooked.
Indiman capped the bid promptly.
"Seven dollars," he said.
The crimp scowled. "Make it eight,"
The Italian hesitated again. This
had the appearance of a contest, and
he was not of the sort who love a fight
for its own sake. But his cupidity had
been powerfully aroused. There was a
pretty profit in advance money to be
made if he could get this young fool's
signature on the ship's papers of the
Southern Cross, outward bound for
Shanghai, on the morrow. He must
make at least another try. It might
be that the intrusive stranger from the
silk-stocking district was oaly amus
ing himself and would presently with
"Twelve," he said, and "fifteen," an
The crowd laughed and Joe Bardl's
vanity was sorely touched. It was not
pleasant to be badgered in this un
seemly manner while engaged in beat
ing one's own preserves. Discretion
forsook him forthwith.
"Twenty-flve," he bellowed.
"A hundred, and be damned to you!"
There was a pause; the crowd held
its breath In silent and joyous expec
tancy. Joe Bardi passed a hand over
bis wet forehead and pulled Irreso
lutely upon his cigar. A severe look-
Ing old man expressed his entire dis
approval of the proceedings. "It's
against the constitution," he said, loud
ly. "How about the Fourteenth amend
ment? Well, the number doesn't mat
ter anyway. Officer, I call upon you to
stop this unlawful and outrageous
farce. A human being selling himself
on the auction block! The slave mar
ket set up again in this Christian city
of New York! It's a crime against the
But .the policeman was a prudent
person, and as yet he had seen no
cause to interfere. The proceedings
were unusual, no doubt, and they might
be against the constitution; he would
n't like to say. It was none of his busi
ness anyway; he went by the code.
"Bah!" snorted the old gentleman,
and rushed away to find a city magis
"Two hundred dollars," repeated the
young man in evening clothes. "Two
hundred dollars. What am I bid?
Going, going—" '
The shipping agent made a hasty
mental calculation —there was no
profit in the transaction at anything
over his last bid of an even hundred.
But he was tempted to go a little
further and run up the price on his
adversary, thus punishing him for In
terfering in a man's private business.
Very good, but suppose the stranger
suddenly refused to follow the lead:
then it would be Joe Bardl himself
who would be mulcted. Revenge would
be sweet, but it was V>o dangerous; be
would stop where he was.
"Two hundred, two hundred —going,
going—" The crowd began to banter
"Lift her again, Joe," called out one
voice. "Open up that barrel of plunks
you've got stored away in your cellar,"
exhorted another counsellor. "A nice,
white slave —that's what you're need
ing in your business," advised a third.
But Joe Bardi kept his eyes on the
ground and said nothing.
"Gone," said the young man. In even
Indiman took four fifty dollar bills
from his wallet and handed them to
the young man. The latter glanced
at the notes and stuffed them care
lessly into his waistcoat pocket Then,
turning to Indiman:
"Sir," he said, with a profound seri
ousness, "I am now your property. Ah!
Pardon me —"
Like a cat he had sprung between
Indiman and the crimp. With a dex
terous upward fling of his arm the
knife in the Italian's hand went spin
ning into the air. This was something
that came within the policeman's ac
customed sphere, and he took immedi
ate charge of Mr.. Joe Bardi. It was
all dene In a most methodical* man
ner, and ten minutes later we were free
to depart. A "cruiser" cab rattled by
and the three of us squeezed in.
"To the Utinam club," ordered Indi
Seated at a table in the big dining
room of the club we drank a formal
cocktail to our better acquaintance.
"But I am afraid that you have
made a bad bargain," said the young
ments —under the masterful Intuitions
of Majah Teagle.
He wan wearied of its "sounding
brasses" in front of the Girard. "If
you men will serenade me tonight I
will back the show." Could ordinary
minstrel nature withstand this? Never;
and the thing they played most was
"Coal Oil Johnny Is His Name" and
that earlier composition, "Champagne
Charlie." When the modern Titmouse
appeared on the balcony it was to an
swer the cheer of the mob with dollar
bills. He not only reclothed the Skiff
and Gaylord enterprise, gave it from
Klemm'B famous Market street store
the finest possible orchestral outfit,
but he bought a locomotive, baggage
car, and two sleeping cars, to make it
the first of traveling companies with
such an equipment. When the organi
zation started on this career of sump
tuous travel is was estimated that
Steele had spent $200,000 in less than
There was an older man In Pittsburg
who resolved to exploit this youthful
and reckless son of Helios. His name
was Seth Slocum, and he commanded
just those powers to open stage doors,
to penetrate the innermost recesses
of the concert hall, and unlock the
chambers of Isis which would appeal
in a compelling way to a profligate
spirit. Behold, therefore, this match
less young spendthrift, under his" tute
lage, and the champagne rout which
ensued, when to call for one bottle
smacked of penury and only a basket
was de rigueur. Under such expert
administration there formed about him
to exalt his already Caesarlike aplomb,
and to accept humbly the diamonds
and gold pieces—even when gold was
at 215! —and strips of the "long green."
What more logical than that all this
horde of leeches, decked out in the
best tailor made at his expense, should
be quartered at the Monongahela—that
decent people fled from it, and that
a covetous management was forced at
length to say, "Your absence Is more
to be desired than your company?"
The Conquest of Philadelphia.
Then the preparations for the con
quest of Philadelphia, which loomed
UP<m the horizon of Steele's lmagiua-
W - ■ M WS& I
"Seated at the Table We Drank a Forma! Cocktail to a Better Acquaintance"
man to Indiman. "Frankly, now, I
doubt if I can be made to pay even
3 per cent on the Investment That's
no better than a government bond and
not half so safe."
**I have already collected one satis
factory dividend," said Indiman, cour
teously. "That was cleverly done—to
force the knife out of his hand and
Into the air."
'It's a part of the Japanese science
of defense without weapons," said the
youth, blushing ingenuously. "Jiu-jitsu,
you know. I took some lessons of a
chap In Tokyo."
"Moreover, there is your story," con
tinued Indiman. "Will you favor me
with some particulars regarding your
self and the circumstances leading up
to our late meeting? The situation was
an unusual one, and the explanation
should be interesting."
"On the contrary," answered the
young man, with a faint smile, "my
narrative Is of the most commonplace
character imaginable, save only for the
final chapter. But Judge for yourself.
"My name Is Luke Harding, and, so
far as I know, I have not •
single blood relation living—at
least, none nearer than a third
cousin. Two years ago I in
herited my paternal estate. It was
too small to support me in the manner
of life to which I had been accustomed,
and at the same time it was large
enough to effectually deaden any in
clination towards real work. As an
Inevitable consequent, I became a spec
ulator. Little by little my fortune has
disappeared in the abyss of stock gam
bling; now it is gone entirely. To add
to my misfortunes, my apartments
were entered last night by burglars
and literally cleaned out. I must have
been drugged, for when I awoke this
morning with a bad headache I could
remember nothing* of what had hap
pened ; there were only results to speak
for themselves. The loot had been
complete; the scoundrels had even
carried off my ordinary garments,
leaving me—what exquisite irony!—
only this suit of evening clothes where
with to cover my nakedness. Being
somewhat senitive to the proprieties, I
was obliged to remain within doors
until darkness fell, and I spent the
time meditating upon my future course
of action. As I have said, I have no
relatives to whom I could apply, and
my friends had already taxed them
selves beyond reason in my behalf. It
was clear, then, that I was born, un
lucky, and I concluded that I had no
longer any rig*ht to a separate and In
dependent existence. To one of my
temperament suicide is a difficult
proposition. Finally, I lit upon the
Idea which you have just witnessed In
execution. A healthy, intelligent
young man —surely there must be some
market for his exclusive services?
Fortunes used to be made in the Afri
can slave trade.
"It only remains to add that I im
mediately started to realize upon these
reasonable expectations. I went to the
plaza at Fifty-ninth street and Fifth
avenue and asked for bids. Unfortu
nately, no one seemed to take me se
riously, and a policeman obliged me to
move on. I had the same dishearten
insr eiDerience in front of Delmonico's
tion as the promised land. "We'll take
it by storm —special cars—if you say
so I'll buy a locomotive —and new
clothes all around." Of course there
was unanimous concurrence. "What
you need," said the mentor, "is a body
guard—a man you and I can trust —a
man who knows every twist In hotel
table form and can dress you as befits
your station. That man Is Maj. Teagle,
and I have written him to be prepared
for our arrival." Thus it was that the
Invasion was accomplished—rthe ar
rival by one of the first trains at the
new terminal In West Philadelphia,
which had been the arcade of tbe
great sanitary fair, the procession of
carriages through the city, having at
its head the victoria bearing Steele in
his blue velvet emblazonment, the con
verted "nighthawk" on the box seat,
and at his side the impressive figure of
the "Majah," made for many years to
come one of the most picturesque im
pressions of our city life.
Two incidents rise conspicuously out
of the throng which marked the spend
thrift's career In Philadelphia. One
day he stopped In at the Continental,
when the late J. E. Kingsley had Just
been admitted to the firm controlling
it. 1 wish to see the proprietor." "He
is engaged." said the clerk, staring at
the marvelous sartorial apparition. "I
won't be answered In that way. Here,
boy"—tossing a $20 goldpiece to the
bellboy—"take my card to the pro
prietor." When Kingsley appeared, he
said, laying a mass of bills on the
counter." "There is $8,000. It's yours.
All I want is the right to run this ho
tel one day and pay all the extra ex
penses. Kingsley could not resist the
temptation. Picking up the money, he
said: "For twenty-four hours it Is
yours to command." "Slocurn," cried
Steele, "you are clerk- Get behind
that desk. Gaylord"—this was "John
nie," the minstrel—"you are bellboy at
$100 a day. Where's that clerk? Here,
sir, you are discharged." As soon as it
could be prepared a huge sign was
raised across the reading room win
dows (afterward Helmbold's drug
store) with this inscription: "Open
House Today! Everything Free! All
Even a dull fancy can paint the mob
besieging this hostelry for twenty-four
hours, where flowed a virtual river of
i wine. Adding the cost of thif» frolic to
his personal gifts, this hotel experi
ment cost him $25,000. Directly upon
his return to the Girard Kingsley
brought back the Continental Into Its
hitherto decorous channel and rein
stated the clerk. This act so incensed
Steele that he agreed to indemnify
Kanaga for the expense of running the
Girard at half rate, and for thirty days
this fierce competition severely tried
the resources of the new management
and again in the Turkish room of the
Waldorf-Astoria. It Is August, you
know, and the town is empty, but I was
a bargain; I can say that without af
fectation. Merely to have bought me
on speculation, with the Idea of un
loading on one of the Adirondack or
White mountain hotel resorts —It would
have been impossible to lose. But I
could not get a bid, and so I shifted
along down town —Madison square,
Union square, then westward by Jef
ferson market and West Tenth street,
"Ever .edging a little closer to the
river, you observe, and yet, upon my
honor, I was not conscious of any
definite volition in the matter; it was
as though some one were gently push-
Ing me along. Then Abingdon square
and your entrance upon the boards of
my little drama —you and Mr. Bardi.
Gentlemen, I thank you for your atten
"I should say. Thorp," said Indiman,
"that Mr. Harding Is well qualified for
membership in the Utinam club. Will
you put him up and I'll second him?
The club," he added, by way of ex
planation to our guest, "is an asso
ciation of the unsuccessful in life—the
non-strenuous, the Incapable—above
all, the unlucky."
"Rest assured that my eligibility is
beyond question," answered Mr. Hard-
Ing, with a smile. "In a society where
misfortune confers a certain cachet I
may corifldently expect to attain dis
"Do you really consider yourself an
abnormally unlucky person?** said Indi
man, seriously. "I have a reason for
"Upon my soul," returned the young
man, warmly. "I verily believe that I
have a genius for getting on the wrong
side of things. If I should wager you
that I am alive at this moment there
would be a bolt out of the blue before
the money could be paid over."
A heavily built man of elderlr *P
pearance entered the dining hall. He
was accompanied by a friend who
might be a banker or broker. The pair
picked out a table on the opposite side
of the room and immediately plunged
Into earnest conversation, their heads
close together and speaking in guarded
"The gentleman with the gray hair,"
said young Mr. Harding, eagerly, "that
is Senator Morrison, chairman of the
committee on foreign relations. He
must be just in from Washington. Con
gress, you know, is in extra session."
"Ah, yes; an able man," said Indi
"He would know —he would know,"
muttered Harding, dlsjointedly. His
burning gaze fixed Itself upon the two
men at the distant table, as though by
sheer will-power he would surprise the
secret of tbeir whispering lips. "He
must —he does know."
"What?" asked Indiman.
"Man, man. It's a matter of millions!
Pan-America Trading company com
mon stock Is quoted at 70. and every
thing depends upon the passage by the
senate of the canal treaty. The com
mittee must have come to a decision,
and Morrison knows. I tell you he
knows —he knows. One word—it would
of the Continental. It Is no part of our
purpose to follow the orgies of this
crazed youth or outline his midnight
career. Decency must. If charity will
pot," draw down the curtain on the
Scenes of his nocturnal profligacy.
Saratoga, where he gambled while
the minstrels played, and where John
Morriseey took from him $10,000 at one
sitting, an old man came up to him,
and, laying his hand upon his shoulder,
said: "Do not forget the words of
Franklin, 'Always taking out of the
meal tub and never putting In soon
comes to the bottom.*" Whereat Steele
rose up: "Gentlemen, under my new
leases I am getting 15,000 a week" —
which was a somewhat extravagant en
largement of the real figures—"and if
you think I've got to the bottom of the
tub there is a roll of $50,000. Let me
tell you, one and all, that I once hauled
oil ten miles in Venango county, and
If worst comes to worst, I'll haul It
again," a saying which was prophetic.
"Coal Oil" in Chicago
At Utica the minstrel company went
on a two week's carouse, he paying the
bills, and the estimated receipts for
the fortnight, and the way to Chicago
was dotted all along by these excesses.
In this city, when he heard that the
splendid Crosby opera house, the finest
extant in America and subsequently
won by a poor farmer in the great lot
tery scheme by which It was disposed
of, could not be leased for "a nigger
show," he is said to have driven up In
state and to have planked down a mass
of bills amounting* to $200,000 before
the owner. "Will you lease it now for
a benefit?" "No," was the answer, "but
I will give it."
All meteors, astronomers say, even
tually find the earth. Steele did. in
18<7. In three year* he had squandered
$500,000, and when he least expected
it the oil ceased running on the old Mc-
Cllntock farm; the pactolian stream
had dried up. When he had no more
money and all credit was exhausted
the parasites dropped off like gnats
from a bloodless carcass. His wife had
managed to get $50,000 from him, but
the bank In which she deposited it
failed. By the sale of some Jewel* he
had sent her she managed to own a
modest little home, but Steele did not,
like the prodigal of old, immediately
return. Hike one awakening from a de
bauch, there was a hazy memory that
at times and places he had left pack
ages of money for safekeeping.
He began to retrace his steps. At Oil
City he discovered a trunkful of old
clothes and in the pockets $5,000. The
I ardor of speculation seised him and
I within a week it was gone. Instead of
! despair there came the inspiration of
I work. He would get back to Phila
delphia. He could drive the stage for
be enough—Wall street—Panama com
Indiman did not answer; he seemed
preoccupied, indifferent even, his chair
pushed back from the table and his
eyes half closed.* Let me explain that
the small side taßles In the Utinam
club diningroom are not set flush
against the wall, as ia usually the
case, but at some little distance from
It Consequently, when there is a~ party
of three at a table, one man sits on
the inside with his back to the wall, a
sensible arrangement in that it allows
the waiter free access by the unoccu
pied outer side of the table. It so hap
pened that Indiman had this Inside
Harding*s lips moved mechanically.
"The treaty, the treaty!" he repeated
again and again. "The committee re-'
ports tomorrow; the senate Is certain
to act upon its recommendation. If I
only knew!" —
The conference at the other table
was a brief one; its continuance had
been measured by the consumption, on
the part of the senator, of a couple of
biscuits and a glass of spirits and
water. The two men rose and left
"Of course, you are going back to
night senator," said the younger man
as they passed our table.
"At midnight. A hard trip."
"But a profitable one; don't forget
that." They laughed, and walked on.
For a little while we sat in silence
over our cheese and salad. Then Indi
man spoke up, suddenly:
The young man looked at him dully.
"The story of your persistent ill
fortune has interested me. But I find
it difficult to believe in the consistency
of bad luck; it must change, sooner or
'Wot for me," answered the young
man, with a quick conviction.
"I have a fancy to put that to the
test Take this card to my brokers—
you know them—Sandford & Sands, of
New street. I have instructed them to
place at your disposal a credit
of one hundred thousand dollars. You
will be at their office tomorrow morn
ing, and at precisely 10 o'clock you will
receive from me a sealed communica
tion containing certain instruction
upon which you can rely absolutely.
Use your credit according to your best
judgment, and report the results to me
at 8 o'clock tomorrow evening. The
address is on the card, and you will
dine with me."
"I thank you," said the young man
simply. "If such a thing were possi
ble —" He stopped and shook his head.
"Nonsense!" said Indiman, bluffly.
"You must believe in yourself, man;
it is the first requisite for success. To
morrow evening at 8, then."
Sitting over a final cigar in Indlman's
library, he made me a sharer in the
mystery. "It is simply that the canal
treaty will be reported unfavorably to
morrow by the committee, and conse
quently it will fail to pass the senate.
How do I know? I hear it from Sen
ator Morrison's own lips."
"As you know, the dining hall of the
Utinam club is of a circular shape, and
it happens to possess certain peculiar
acoustic properties. In other words, it
is a whispering gallery, and it so
chanced that Senator Morrison sat at
one of the definite points—they call
them vocal foci, I think —and I sat at
the other. That is the whole story."
"You are quite sure —there can be no
"Not the slightest doubt. The man
with Morrison is a broker, and he has
the senator's order to sell ten thousand
Panama common at the market tomor
row. When the news of the treaty's
failure to pass reaches Wall street, by
the regular channels, the stock will
break sharply, and the profits on the
deal should be enormous. No wonder
that Senator Morrison's flying.trip to
New-York should be worth taking."
"It remains to be proven whether the
fault lies with the man himself or in
his alleged bad luck. I am sending him
the bare fact as to the canal bill's fate,
and It is for him to seize" the skirts
of chance. I'll write the note now and
deliver It at the office myself la the
morning. Then we will see."
"We will see," I echoed, and we part
ed for the night.
At 1 o'clock the following afternoon
Indiman and I stood watching the
ticker in an up-town broker's office.
"The senate rejects the canal treaty,"
read out Indiman. "Now for the next
quotation of Panama common; the last
sale was at 70 #. Will you take the
tape, Mr. Barnes V
Thrre was an instant's pause in the
the Girard, but Kanaga said: "Tour
creditors have filed their claims against
your estate, for a Pittsburg court has
adjudged you bankrupt, and you had
better get back to the oil country."
These were the claims:
H. W. Kanaga. Girard house, Phil
"W. E. Galbraith. attorney at law.
J. E. Caldwell & Co., Philadelphia,
jewelry o, 805
John D. Jones, harness 1,200
W. 8. Horn. Philadelphia, cigars... 56
E. H. Conklin. Philadelphia, liquors. 2,024
Phelan & Callendar, billiard tables. 2,000
Various hatters 300
Claim by Teagle 3,600
This surely tells the story of a royal
spree from which Steele had at last
awakened. He had bought experience.
He would go home. On his return,
stopping at "WUke6barre, he heard In
the gossip of the reading room of an
unclaimed package at one of the banks.
He presented himself, was identified,
and put in possession. It contained
$10,000. He had never remembered It.
Now he would make his peace with hia
wife, snd the longing for his little son
seized him. But first he would test
himself with work, and he engaged as
a freight handler at Oil City, and by
gradual approaches—the mark of
shame-facedness —reached his wife.
And what became of this Fortunatus?
Ask the people of Ashland, Neb., to
which place he afterward removed the
reunited family. Would any one sus
pect that this farmer of '62 and '63. en
joying the respect of all his neighbors,
was ever that veritable fool of fortune,
"Coal Oil Johnny?"
DOG IS A HIGH LIVER
Has Room With Bath at an
COLORADO SPRINGS, Col., Nov.
19. —At the Antlers hotel, the swellest
hostelry in the city and the stopping
place of dukes, princes, lords an<l
smaller fry In the way of titled per
sonages, as well as millionaires, a fine
room has been set apart for Pomera
nian, a puppy dog owned by Miss Ma
rie Muehlberg. the nine-year-old
daughter of a New York millionaire,
who has been sojourning in Colorado
Springs for montha
The little girl had everything else to
make her happy except v bow-wow,
and some kind friend has indulged her
in the canine line. The management of
the hotel objected to dog, pedigreed or
flea infested, but little Marie shed
Harper A Brothers
click-click of the instrument, the heart
gripping lull before the breaking of
the tempest. Then the wheels began to
revolve again, and the white tape, our
modern thread of the Norns sped
through the twitching fingers of th«
young chap to whom Indiman had
"Five hundred Pan. com., 68," ha
read out "One thousand, 67%; four
hundred, 67; two thousand, 65. ' I guess
I've seen enough, gentlemen; it's my
—my finish." He gulped down some
thing- in his throat and walked over to
the water cooler.
"And enough for us," whispered In
diman. "Let us go."
"It's the way of the world/ I philos
ophized as we gained the street. "On*
man up and another down.- He is
young; he will have his chance again."
"It is Hoarding's day," said Indiman.
Panama common had closed at-SO, a
drop of twenty points; there was *
fortune to be made in selling even a
few thousand shares short of the mar
ket it was Harding*s day; indeed.
Eight o'clock and Indiman and I sat *
awaiting his coming. The electric bell
rang sharply, and Bolder ushered in
our protege. He came forward, shook
hands, accepted a cigar and sat down.
"You received my note?" said Indi
man. . .
"What did you do?"
*1 bought five thousand Pan. com. at
"Oh, the deuce!" and Indiman stared
blankly at his guest
"You see, it's no use —" began th«
young man, apologetically, but Indi
man cut him short
"No use! And with my message in
your hand before the market opened—
the exclusive, the absolute informa
"Here it is," said Mr. Harding, and
handed Indiman his own note. The lat
ter glanced at the contents, and sud
denly his face changed.
"Read that, Thorp," he said, and
tossed me the message. The letter con
tained these words:
"The canal treaty will pass the sen
ate. Use your own judgment"
"In some inexplicable absence of
mind I left out the all-important
'not,' " said Indiman, ruefully, "and it
has cost me $100,000. Mr. Harding, I
beg your pardon. You are the unluck
lest man alive." and he went on to tell
him of the whispering gallery and of
the secret obtained in manner so ex
traordinary. "And then, through my
stupidity, worse than wasted,'*" he con
cluded. "I can't understand it; I read
that note through twice before I sealed
it up. It is incredible."
"No, it is my luck," said young Mr.
Harding, and took a fresh cigar. "Or
rather, your luck," he corrected him
self, smilingly. "Have you forgotten
that I am now your property?"
"God forbid!" said Indiman, hastily.
"1 give you back yourself—considera
tion of one dollar. You're a witness,
Thorp. And now shall we go in to din
A position in a wholesale business
house was secured for young Mr. Hard
ing, and for a month or two he seemed
to be doing very well. Then one day
he resigned; a letter to Indiman gave
"He* going to marry a wealthy
widow," read out Indiman. "They sail
on the Lucania next Saturday."
"Then luck has turned for him," I
said, heartily. "I'm glad of it." '"» '■*
"Hym!" said Indiman. "Perhaps so."
From the street came the sound of a
hand-organ. It was playing Verdi's
"Celeste Aida," and so lovely is the
aria that I could have listened to it
with pleasure, even when thus ground
out mechanically. But, unfortunately,
an atrocious mistake had been made
in the preparation of the music cylin
der. In the original the final not»«f
the first two bars is P natural,
while in the third bar the tonality
is raised and the F becomes P
sharp. The transcriber had failed
to make this change, and so had loßt
the uplifting effect of the sharped F.
All the life and color of the phrase has
been destroyed, and the result was In
I fished out a quarter and rang for
Bolder. "Send him away," I said,
The servant returned, looking puz
zled. "The organ grinder said I was
to give this to the gentleman," he said,
and he handed me a small object. It
was a brass baggage check issued by
the New York Central railway, from
Cleveland to New York, and bore the
number 18329. I passed it to Indiman,
ran to the window and looked out. But
the organ grinder was gone.
(To be continued.)
tears for her new found pet. and Mater
Muehlberg sympathized with her.
The manager issued his ultimatum:
Engage a separate room for the dog,
. with a bath, and hire a servant to keep
the animal within its own bailiwick
each and every hour in the day.
Mrs. Muehlberg, to whom a ten-dol
lar note looks like a plugged nickel,
did not hesitate. She forthwith en
gaged the room with a bath and hired
a woman to look after the pup when
little Miss Marie was not playing with
It. Mrs. Muehlberg even went the ho
tel manager two or three better. Daily
she summons a hair dresser, one who
caters to the elite of Cascade avenue,
to wash and comb the pup's hair, and
calls in a chiropodist semi-occaslonally
to treat the dog's claws to see that they
do not grow the wrong way. A dentist
was called to inspect Pomeranian's
molars and he recommended a tooth
brush and plenty of Hsterine washes.
The dog's servant sees to it that its
teeth are scrupulously cleansed every
day. Little Marie has asked her moth
er for a diamond studded collar for the
animal and her wish in thi3 direction
will probably be gratified. Meanwhile
the dog seems to enjoy life, for he la
fed the same class of food that the
highest priced guest in the hotel en-
MAKES A FORTUNE
OUT OF DRIED MILK
Inventor Declare* It* Manufacture I*
Greater Industry Than Steel Production
PARIS, Nov. 15.—James Hatmaker.
who married the divorced wife of Capt.
de la Mar, and was for many years sec
retary of Cornelius Vanderbilt. is now liv
ing at 25 Rue de la Faisandarie, Paris.
He has startled Frenchmen equally with
his energy and with his capacity for
He never buys an interest In a patent,
but always acquires it-outright. He baa
many today, but has put all aside for what
he thinks will revolutionize the commer
cial world. This is nothing less than *
process for producing milk in powdered
Thousands of tablets have bt-en ordered
by the German emperor, and large quanti
ties are being sent for the use of th«
troops In Manchuria. He calls attention
to the fact, which he says' is not realized
in America, that the milk Industry la
really greater than the steel; the steel in
dustry represents $670,000,000, while that
J of milk exceeds $600,000,000.
Mr. Hatmaker has been married two
j yeais and the Hatmaker baby is the best
• exponent of the dried milk, having never
J received any other. Doctors have been
watching its growth with interest.