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THE AKeXTS, SATUBDLY, DECEMBER
RIGADIER GENERAL LEON
ARD WOOD, who is much iu
the public eye just now be
cause of the opposition to his
confirmation as major geuernl ly the
senate, has been a very fortunate oSi
cr. An army surgeon with the rank
of captain In 1S!)S. Wood was a briga
dier in February. l'JOl, and was ap
pointed major general only two years
later. If his good
luck continues he
will soon be in com
mand of the army.
A native of New
Hampshire and but
forty-three years of
age. General Wood's
rise above his fel
low officers has been
as rapid and as me
teoric as the rise in
the political world
of President Roose
velt himself. President MeKinley start
ed Wood on his upward career when
Wood was physician to the White
House, and President Roosevelt has
continued the elevating process. As
an Indian fighter with General Miles.
AVood displayed such bravery that he
won the coveted medal of honor. De
spite the general impression to the con
trary. President Roosevelt and General
Wood are not friends of lorn; stand
ing. "I only met him after 1 entered
the navy department" (in iyj7. the
president writes in his book. "The
Rough Riders." "He combined in a
very high degree the' qualities of entire
manliness with entire uprightness and
cleanliness of character. He was by
nature a soldier of the highest type."
General Wood is now lighting the
Moros in the Philippines.
Count Leo Tolstoi, "Intellectual czar
of all the Russians," who has written
two short novels which are to be sold
for the benefit of the Kishineff Jews,
is by no means devoid of wit. "One
lay." he said recently, "a bigamist ap
peared before a Mos
cow judge. The man
married seven wives
in three years. This
he himself admitted.
.'Why on earth.' the
judge asked him, 'did
you want to marry
" In order, sir,' he
replied, 'to find a
gMxl one if possi
asked" periliission to see the great Rus
sian, who was ill, promising that they
would be content with a glimpse and
would not trouble him with tall Leave
Tolstoi sat upon his balcony "like a
Buddhist idol," as ho said, and the
whole party of Americans tiled slowly
n ud shntly before him, taking their
gaze as they passed.
One woman, however, refused to be
bound by the contract. She shouted.
"Leo Tolstoi, all your noble writings
have had a profound influence upon my
life, but the one which has taught me
the most is your" Here she forgot
the name of the work.
The sick author leaned over the rail
of the balcony and whispered, with a
smile. "The Dead Souls?" "Yes. yes."
she replied. "That book," said Tolstoi,
"was written by Gogol, not by me."
E-Governor David Jt. Francis of
Missouri, who is nearly as prominent
through his connection with the Loui
siana Purchase exposition as he once
was through his po-
i . m wK,vvn. sition in a presi-
ijy w j nents cabinet, has a
iwtry and is proud of
"There is." he was
:fA the other day quot
?f ed as saying, "an
Ki ,( Scotcn proverb
j to the effect that
"5r I anCe a bailie, aye a
rtallic. meaning, .of
course, that once a
D. r. francis. man had been a
magistrate the honor of the place gilds
him ever after. So it seems to be Avith
me, for it is about ten years since I
was governor of Missouri, but I am
still everywhere known, if at all, as
governor. They don't even put the
'ex' in front of it. You see," he added.
"I call Missouri my state, and it Is my
home now, of course, but 1 was born
Not long ago, a
party. Qf American??
Ileinrich Conried, director of the
Metropolitan Opera House, New York,
whose coming production of Wagner's
"Parsifal" has been condemned by
many of New York's most prominent
clergymen as sacrilegious, recently told
an anecdote of how big salaries for
singers began back
In the time when
Mr. Edmund C.
Stanton was direct
or of the Metropol
itan. "I was in Europe
trying to find a ten
or for my comic
opera couipa ny."
said he. "At Mu
nich I heard a man
sing. He wanted
SL'OO a month, but I told him no.
er I met Mr. Stanton with Mr.
rosch and Mr.. .Seidl. at .lSerliij..
told me tlify" had ""engaged "this same
man, and 1 came home kicking myself
for having let him go, Uwause I
thought, of course, they were better
judges than I.
"Soon after I arrived home the tenor
called to see me and told how he was
engaged. Mr. Stanton and the others
heard him sing and asked the price,
'Three hundred dollars.' said he. 'We'll
give you !?2.".0, said they. 'All right,'
said ho, and when they sent him the
contract he learned for the first time
that they had meant $-50 a performance
and not a month, as he hail understood.
Of course lie signed instantly, lie sang
here just once. I believe."
Speaking of the Alaskan boundary
award on his return from Europe not
long ago. Andrew Carnegie said: "I
hope the outcome of this will be that
the Amrlo-Celtie races will get togeth
er. Canada should merge no. Canada
should annex the
United States as
Scotland did Eng
land." Thea he smil
ed and continued:
"I got that off at a
banquet in Ireland,
and it tickled them
mightily." The great
Ironmaster is un
ANDREW CARNEGIE l)y t,,e tnitlI)1)s of
the billion dollar steel trust. "No." he
said complacently on one occasion. "I
don't own any of the stock. I own the
bonds." Schwabs and Morgans may
come and go in steel affairs, and there
may be cuts in the dividends of Steel
common and preferred, but the canny
Scot will get his library money just
ter, placing 'St. Michael's day after
his signature. A reply from Dr. Hale
came, and after his name he had writ
Ten in a full, round hand, "Wash day."
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Tiie Indefatigable activity of Edward
Everett Hale, writer, preacher and ora
tor, who passed his eighty-tirst birth
day last April, seems to defy the touch
of time, though he has outlived nearly
all the friends of his youth.
A good story is told of Dr. Hale and
Bishop I". 1 Huntington of Syracuse.
N. Y. Bishop Hunt
?ngton. so the story
goes, was in his
youth a Unitarian,
but afterward went
over to the Episco
palian flock. This,
however, appears to
have made no differ
ence in their friend
ship, as the follow
When an Episco
palian minister writes a letter on any
day for which there Is a saint, he al
ways writes the name of the saint at
the close of the letter instead of the
date. Bishop Huntington learned all of
these things quickly and began to prac
tice them at once. The first time he had
occasion to write to his old friend Dr.
Hale after joining the church he used
the regular method, of ..closing, the. l't-
Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor, is noted
as much for his ready wit as for devo
tion to the interests of the wage earner.
At the meeting of the National Civic
federation in New York city last year,
at which Senator Ilanna presided. Mr.
Gompers made an
impassioned plea for
better wages, shorter
hours and other re
lief for the laboring
men of the country.
The labor advocate
possesses a strong
voice and is an ora
tor, but after he had
closed Alfred Mose
ly.'the English econ
omist. , arose and
"I have just listened to a very strong
speech I might say. a forceful speech:
but. as Bismarck once said. 'Force is
not always good argument.' "
"I know it," replied Mr. Gompers.
jumping to his feet, "but what I say is
not force. It's emphasis."
Mr. Gompers, who has just been re
elected president of the American fed
eration, with the exception of an in
terim of one year, has been president
of that body since its organization in
1SS7. Previous to that date he had
been president for live years of the
international body of trades unions
which preceded the American federa
tion. He is an Englishman by birth
and by trade a cigarim.kor.
Senator Charles II. Dietrich of Ne
braska, recently indiet;d for alleged
bribery, was at breakfast the other
morning in a Washington cafe with a
party of friends.
"What time is it?" asked one of the
party. Apparently nobody had a
watch, and a motion was made to call
a waiter. "Don't do that." said Sen
ator Dietrich. Then he reached down
in his coat pocket and lugged out a
big nickel lifty-nine
cent alarm clock.
He looked at it and
said. "Quarter past
!." stowed the clock
away and went ou
sake, Dietrich." said
one of his friends,
"do you always car
ry that al irm clock
in your pocket?"
Dietrich. "You see.
it's this way:
nients that 1
of thei.). So
I have so many engage
iim likely to forget some
when I start out in the
morning 1 give the alarm a few twists,
fix it to go off at ten minutes before
the time of i:ir .tirst'jj.ag'.MD.ent and
put it Iii my' pocket. At' ten 'uifnutes
before I should leave the senate the
clock goes off for a few rings, and I
remember what I have to do. Then I
Bet it for the next engagement, and so
oh through the day."
AH That Wuu Lacklns. '
LTe hud been away on a business trip
for quite a long time and had brought
his wife a handsome fau upon his re
turn. "You're just perfectly lovely,, Fred,"
she said. "It's the daintiest and most
beautiful fau I ever saw."
"I'm glad you like it," he returned,
with evident gratification.
"How could I help liking anything so
pretty?" she asked, and then she added
with a sigh. "I only wish I could carry
it some time."
"Why can't you?" he demanded.
"No gown to go with it," she answer
ed promptly. "There ought to be a
gown to match or at least one that
wouldn't look shabby beside It if"
She got the gown, lie kicked him
self for two days and ever then-after
bought fans to match what she already
had. New Y'ork Times.
Ft a n ci in a u and Henley.
It is related that shortly after Runci
snan, the well known writer on seafar
ers and smugglers and poachers, had
bitterly fallen out with W. E. Henley
he fay dying in London. To Henley iu
Edinburgh, lame and ill, came an in
direct message that Runciman believed
that if Henley could come and look on
Mm he would get well. It was a dy
ing man's whimsy, but Henley took
the train from Edinburgh and arrived
In London to find his friend dead.
! Kuwlilon lit Diik I'ofllirs.
Every year the fashion in dog collars
changes. No longer do we see the bris
tling, objects that resembled ruffs. .The
newest collar is modest and is adapted
to Boston terriers and other medium
sized dogs, says the New York Press.
The foundation is a line seal leather,
and the collar is studded with dog's
heads in gun metal. The new collars
are not nearly so "sjiorty" looking as
the brass studded hands of former
years. Tiny dogs wear jeweled collars.
Oiltf Wert li us I'reMenlM. j
Harry Broadwater, oik? of the popir
lar letter carriers of Woodbury. N. J..
and Miss Mattie Wallace were married
a few evenings ago. While the bride
was the recipient of many very hand
some presents, the groom was not over
looked. Among his gifts were a pair of
sweet singing canaries, a kitten and a
little white pig nicely decorated with
pink ribbons. lie shipped the latter to
a near by farm and hopes to get plenty
"Brilliant and impulsive people." de
clares a lecturer on physiognomy, "have
black eyes, or if they don't have them
they're apt to get them if they're too
Costume Sxiitta-ble For Old and
Nothiug'is smarter "'ilian a black and
white evening gown. It is suitable for
young and old alike and has the added
advantage of being always becoming.
The "magpie" effect, as the black and
white gown has been termed, will be
just as much of a favorite this win
ter as iu former years.
White chiffon with black French dots
is the material employed in the crea
tion. The skirt is made in panels over
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A DA INTT EVENINO FROCK.
a full skirt of chiffon and an underslip
of taffeta. Each skirt has very fuH
rutlles around the bottom, which give
the fashionable flare. The fan panels
of white chiffon are crossed by quill
ings of black tulle. Appliques of point
de venis.e lace decorat--tl.'ii;dies, and
sleeves. A white tul.1; rosctie"l'u.4ugli
which is stuck an aigret is the chic
little hair ornament.
The leaves of a green plant are chief
ly useful as feeding organs, which util
ize sunlight in building up plant sub
stance from water, carl tonic acid gas
and simple salts. Deciduous forms and
evergreens have been evolved on dif
ferent lines as regards foliage.
On the approach of autumn the for-
i mer withdrawal! nutritious substances
into their trunks and branches. A layer
of cork is then developed across the
base of each leaf, which afterward
falls off. leaving a neatly covered scar,
which excludes air ami germs.
These changes do not take place iu
evergreens, for these iossess tough,
leathery leaves capable of resisting
frost, which are shed gradually all the
year round as they become old and ef
fete. Such plants use sunlight year
out, year in, while deciduous trees and
shrubs do during the warm season
only, though they work very vigorous
ly in summer, getting ready thetud;
which open the next spring and stor
ing up starch and the like to serve as
food till the new leaves are unfolded
and ready for work.
Ou the Wronc Tack.
A young man in New Y'ork was deep
ly impressed with the beauties of Free
masonry and after considerable effort,
mental and otherwise, had fitted him
self for the ceremony of initiation into
the order. He had heard of the "goat"
and the "gridiron" and many other
things connected with the first degree
and was prepared to be surprised at
nothing. In the course of his first even
ing at the lodge lie stepped on a tack,
which stuck into his foot and gave hi in
considerable pain. He said nothing
and made no effort to remove it, pain-,
ful though it was. Two hours later,
when it scorned to him that there was
nothing more to come in the way of
initiation, he asked if he might take
the tack out of his foot. His sufferings
were not ameliorated when he was
told that the tack had nothing to do
With the ceremonies. New Y'ork Post.
lb klvtter Truth.
Iusband (looking up from a book)
Do you know what I would have done
If I had been Napoleon Bonaparte?
Wife Yes; I know. You would have
settled down in Corsica and spent your
life grumbling about bad luck and hard
times. Philadelphia Telegranh.
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