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THE AKeUS, SATUHDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1903.
Hicfa Toga. Wearers
Senate is Richest Body of Men in the World -Orve-quo-r(er
Auhdig Hie Uniied States senators
who for the tirst time appeared us
nu mbers of that august body at the
opening of the special session ofcon-
SKXATOIl l'KANCIS O. SEWLASDS.
gross were several wnoso great ror
tuues will aid in maintaining the repu
tation which the American house of
lords has gained as being the richest
legislative assemblage iu the world.
The senate has long been called a
"millionaires' club," but it has never
had so many rich members ns at pres
ent, their combined wealth being es
timated at -!iMK;0,0U0. Three new
members of large wealth who have
just entered the exclusive circle are
Weldon 15. Hey burn of Idaho. Levi
Aukeny of Washington and Francis G.
New la nds of Nevada.
Senator Hoy burn, who was married
only the other day. is the fattest man
in tlio I'.pper house, being of such gen
erous proportions that a special chair
of extra size had to be built for him
before he could be seated among his
confreres, lie is live feet ten inches
tall and weighs IJ'-J pounds. Senator
Heyburn is said to possess one of the
most robust appetites known on the
I'acitic coast, but whether or not this
reputation is deserved his girth is six
ty inches, and his wealth is $2,000,000.
Senator Ankeny is tall and slender
and is known as the Itussell Sage of
me west": He commands more ready
cash than any other capitalist of his
section and is chief stockholder in
twenty banks scattered throughout
Washington, Idaho and Oregon. It is
said that in forty-eight hours he could
mass $.",000,000 in any of these banks
to his own credit.
Mr. Newlands. whose wife, a daugh
ter of the late William Sharon, former
ly United States senator from Nevada,
brought him a large fortune, is proba
bly worth $15,000,000. much of which
he nuul; by speculation in real estate
in the District of Columbia.
Another new senator who has been
a member of that body only since last
January is John I Dryden of New
Jersey, who is credited with $10,000,
00U, nearly all of which was made in
life insurance. He began operations
with an oftice staff numbering but
three all told and an outtit costing Hot
more than $200. Today he has under
his supervision over 150.000 persons in
all parts of the country. John Kean.
the other New Jersey senator, is rated
at $3,000,000. mainly inherited.
The richest man in the senate is W.
A. Clark of Montana. Probably he him
self does not know how much he is
wortjv, but .his .income.is said to be.S.l.-
: t .Ms
SEXAZOn JOHN F. DItlDES.
000,000 a month, so it is safe to put
him down at $100,000,000.
The two West Virginia senators.
Stephen B. Elkins and Nathan B.
Scott. ..together own a large part of the
state. It is suppose'il mat each of tneir.
is the possessor of at least $10,000,000.
Mark Ilanna's $10,0!X).000 is chiefly in
vested in the iron business and in
steamship traffic on the great lake3.
Kearns of Utah and Wetmore of Rhode
Island also count their wealth in this
Then there are dozens of senators
who reckon their possessions between
$1,000,000 and $3,000,000. among the
latter being Proctor of Vermont and
Alger of Michigan. In fact, the num
ber of men in the senate who are mil
lionaires comprises at least one-quarter
ot that august bodr.
A MARVEL OF THE MAILS.
Great Distance That Letter- Travel
at Small Expense.
If a man should start from New
York and travel northward to Alaska,
then down the coast to California and
take ship to Manila and follow the lines
of travel to Hongkong, to Singapore,
to Canton, to Tokyo, to Vladivostok,
to St. Petersburg, to Vienna, to Lon
don, to South Africa and linally to
South America, touching on the way
at several Pacific and south Atlantic
islands and thence back to his starting
point, he could travel a distauce sever
al times greater than the circumference
of the globe. If he ordered his mail
forwarded to him and left correct ad
drosses behind at each place the letters
would dutifully follow him and linally
be delivered to him in New York a few
days after his own arrival there.
All that he would have to pay extra
for this remarkable journey of his mail
would be a dollar or two in tolls, which
would represent the charges for for
warding exacted by some of the coun
tries through which it passed. There
are in the post oflico department at
Washington the envelope of a letter
which traveled in this way 130,000
miles and another which came safely
through a trip of 123,000 miles. St.
A Case of KidnapliiK.
The pretty baby had fallen asleep in
her perambulator in front of her fa
ther's house on a fashionable street.
The nurse was nowhere to be seen. A
shabbily dressed man. clad .in black,
looked at all the windows and saw that
the blinds were drawn. It was the
afternoon hour, when wealthy New
York likes to drive in the park.
"Ah!" he exclaimed as he crept
stealthily toward the sleeping child.
"If I can only catch her before she
wakes so pretty, so peaceful! 1 know
her father will be only too glad to pay
In two seconds he stood before the
baby carriage, drew a black box from
beneath his coat and snapped a rubber
bulb directly in the baby's face. Then
he put the black box beneath his coat
and walked away with a smile of su
"Gee!" he exclaimed. "Such luck!
Daddy will pay $3 for a dozen ot those
photographs; sure thing'." New York
Newburg priory claims the distinc
tion of sheltering the remains of Oliver
Cromwell. After the protector's death
on his lucky day. Sept. ?. his body was
embalmed and, after lying in state for
some time, was interred with regal
pomp in Westminster abbey. After
the restoration his body, along with
those of Ireton and Bradshaw, was ex
humed and hanged on the gibbet at
Tyburn. The heads, so the story goes,
were struck off and placed on the top
of Westminster hall, while the bodies
were buried beneath the gallows. On
the other hand, it is said that another
body was substituted for that of Crom
well and that the protector was buried
secretly on the Ilambledon hills. At
all events, at the top of Newburg pri
ory there is a narrow room, one end of
which is occupied by a mass of stone
work built into the wall. Here, it is
said, the remains of Oliver Cromwell
The Lead Pencil.
The name lead pencil is a misnomer
"made correct by custom. The so called
leads of a pencil are in reality a mix
ture of graphite and clay. Graphite is
a word derived from the Greek, mean
ing "to write." It Isa native mineral
carbon of black color and brilliant me
tallic luster. To the touch it feels
smooth, somewhat like soapstone. and
it breaks in a very flaky manner under
a very light blow. It is so soft it will
leave a trace on paper. It is sometimes
culled plumbago and has stiil another
name black lead from which, of
course, we get the name lead pencil.
Graphite is found in the oldest rock
formations, and deposits are to be
found in various parts of the world,
the most famous being those at Altai,
in Siberia, and at Ticonderoga, N. Y.,
in this country.
The I'ostman's Knock,
The British postal service may be
slower than the American, but it has
its humors. The story is told that in
one of the remotest districts of Oxford
shirewhich contains some inaccessi
ble and primitive villages there has
long been a subpostmnster with a
wooden leg. In performing his delivery
of letters he drove a donkey cart. But
he found it difficult to get up and down.
So it has been his custom to take with
him a tin bucket full of large stones.
These he hurled one by one with steady
aim at the doors jif his neighbors as
occasion domatm'etl. That was the
l'aniell Superstitions. .
Charles Stewart Parncll was one of
the strongest men that ever lived, but
he had numberless superstitions. Once
a colleague of his brought him the
draft of a bill Jo the cell he was tjie -
oceupyiug in ' Kflmainham. It was in
thirteen clauses. Parnell was horrified.
He insisted that somehow or other a
Once Parnell saw
three lights in his
iiuite uneasy Until
lights put out. I
once when he had
should lo added,
a colleague with
bedroom. He was
he saw one of the
traveled with him
a scarf that had
boon presented to him by a lady ad
mirer. There was some green in the
scarf. One of his suerstitions was
that green was an unlucky color. He
used io say, half joke, whole earnest,
that all the misfortunes of Ireland
came from the fact that her trior was
green. He was very much put our by
this scarf. It was in the days when
the habeas corpus was suspended in
Ireland and we were sleeping on the
mail boat at Kingstown and were not
to start for Holyhead tiil next morn
ing. He was quite sure the green scarf
would have us arrested before we left
In the morning. M. A. P.
Beauties of Ileil Tape.
A typical instance of the war office
methods is furnished by a correspond
ent on one of our stations. An officer
having occasion for the use of a screw
driver made application for the supply
of that humble but handy implement
from the government stores. His appli
cation was bandied alout in the usual
manner from officer to officer and linal
ly reached the upper authority, from
whom a reply liltered back by the same
devious ways to the effect that screw
drivers were only supplied in tool
boxes and not singly. Nothing daunt
ed, the officer at once applied for a
box of tools and after the usual cir
cumlocutory tactics was informed that
boxes of tools were only supplied
to carpenters' shops. By this time the
officer, who had quite forgotten what
he had wanted the screwdriver for,
had thoroughly entered into the spirit
of the campaign, and his next applica
tion was for a carpenter's shop. He
got it. Ixtndon Tit-Bits.
A Kulr Question.
A hypochondriac who visited Sir
Conan Doyle in the days when he was
a practicing physician complained of
"a very bad side." He told his story in
great detail, says the London Chronicle.
He put his hand above his waist line
"I get a sharp pain here, doctor,
whenever I touch my head."
"Wby on earth, then, do you touch
your head':" Dr. Doyle asked mildly,
"There's one tiling 1 will say." re
marked Mrs. Cumrox. "and that is
th.at my daughter Arabella has a line
"Yes. sir. The way she can sit for
hours listening to herself play on the
piano shows remarkable self control."
Xmas Bay of Terror
Hard Lines of tKe Players VVKo Entertain
In the vaudeville houses where con
tinuous performances are given Christ
mas day strikes terror to the most
time hardened dramatic soul.
The doors, open anywhere between
t:3u and 10.o a. m. and close at abut
midnight. The headiiners play their,
customary two turns, 'hut those lower
in the dramatic scale play "on de
mand." generally about four times. If
an net is particularly weak, it is used
t "chase" out the audience in plain
LIngMsh. to tire it into" leaving the
house and making room for the line
waiting in tLc lobby.
The low salaried vaudeville actor,
therefore, eschews any Christinas din
ner and hies himself to the nearest
quick lunch counter, there to feast on
turkey sandwiches, execrable coffee
and pie as heavy as his spirits. By
the time he has done his last turn on
the stage he is more ready for bed than
for the festive board.
To the unsuccessful actor Christmas
is likely to bring that blessing of the
Bialto, a "turkey date."
Scattered within easy access of New
York are numerous small cities, or,
more properly speaking, towns, where
good shows never come', or tr.ese lije
catchpenny manager keeps a list, and
on quick notice lie scours Broadway
for cheap, unengag"d talent, from
which he organizes his company, re
hearses it hastily in some playhouse
conveniently idle at the time, rushes
some cheap printing upon the poor, un
suspecting town and lands ther;;
bright and early Christmas morning.
The population, show luiuury. wel
comes the holiday diversion and packs
the town hall, matinee and night.
The actors are thus assured of a
good Chri.itmas dinner ami supper and
a percentage of the box office receipts.
Usually these are divided according to
the importance of the roles played by
the actors. This will tide them over
until New Year's day. which brings an
other "turkey date."
Many an actor now featured on
Broadway has played his share of
"turkey dates." One in particular tells
how, with live associates, lie put on
"The Clemenccau Case." not abash, d
that the cast called for no less than
twelve capable actors, and was quite
radiant over the returns of "one Christ
mas dinner with trimmings" and 8123
to be divided among the actors. Wash
A DANCE IN THE KLONDIKE
Juuiiuin Miller's Story and the AVar
He Clinched It.
At one of his lectures jusl after his
return from the Klondike Joaquin Mil
ler told the following story: "One night
I was Invited to a dance in a miner's
cabin, and while Bill Dalton scraped
away o'n his liddle we just 1-oeil it
down. But the miners tramped in and
out so much between dances that be
fore midnight the ladies declared the
floor was so slippery they couldn't
dance another step unless something
was done. Then something was done
that never was possible in mining
days jn California. Kach miner gal
lantly opened his buckskin powder
pouch and sprinkled gold dust on the
floor! And this was repeated through
out the nig.it. And in the morning,
ladies and gentlemen, those miners
never troubled themselves about sweep
ing up that gold dust. They just hitch
ed up their dog sleds and rode away."
At this point of Miller's narrative
there was a slight agitation in the au
dience, an ominous sign of incredulity,
but Miller was equal to it. With a
wave of ins hand toward one of the
boxes, tie sst-tl. ""And my o:l trieml up
there in the b:.. Captain .!ohn Ilealy.
will substas: : i ite what 1 say."
It was a m...-er stroke of the poet,
for the house burst into applause and
greatly embarrassed liie modest mil
lionaire mining and railroad promoter
of Alaska, who unsuspectingly had ac
cepted ?,Iiiler"s invitation to attend the
lecture in Ihe afternoon.
"Brethren." said an earnest exhort er
to a body of religious workers, "breth
ren, remember that there Is nothing
which will kindle the fires of religion
in the human heart like water from th'J
fountains of life."
Keeping Her Avray.
riiotograi!:er Don't assume such a
fierce expression. Look pleasant.
Murphy Not on your life! My wife
is going t send one of those pictures
to her mother, and if I look pleasan,
she'll come down on a visit. Kansas
The talent of success is nothing more
than doing what you can do well and
doing well whatever you do without a
thought of fame.
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