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THE ARGtrS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1909.
on Mis Spurs
An Account of the Early Career of the Man Whoso
Every Step In Life Is of Interest to Americans
By H. ADDINGTON BRUCE
Copyright. ,1909. .by American Press Association
!N a' spacious
room, high beam
ed aud glowing
with the warmth
of a cheerily
blazing open fire,
two men sat talk
ing. As uivu will
after the cares
of the day, they
talked on topics
of indifferent in-
: " terest, leisurely,
jquletly. But a chance word brought
rup a serious subject. '
j ' "Yes, yes, William," said one, with
1a shade of annoyance in his tone. "I
koow that the matter must be ar
ranged speedily, but where are we to
find a competent man a man of the
necessary executive ability and whom
we may trust?"
j ".Near at nana, Thomas." And a
quizzical smile accompanied the reply.
!"I fancy he's visiting Mount Vernon
! ;"lsot young George Washington?"
"Precisely young George Washing
ton. I warrant you the boy has. the
jmaklngs cf a fine man. He's strong,
active, tireless, and has a braiu to
match his body."
"But he is only a boy not yet six
teen, I believe and this is work for a
jman, not for a boy. Besides, what ex
jierleuce can he boast?"
Experience?" the other laughed.
"Why, bless you, Thomas, if you had
'seen as much of him as I have you'd
Igrant he had experience, lie's forever
iat work, measuring here, calculating
jtbere. The lad is a bnrn surveyor.
Only the other day." and the speaker
f huckled, "I found him busily engaged
n surveying never can yon guess it
jln surveying Lawrence's turnip field.
i TJIa Vi.nflmii hnn a.
nWLU K'L ill
'him, and so have
i There was a
: "Very well, Wll
piam, let us con
isider mm en
motify him that
ithe Boonar he
musters his party
and starts out
the better pleased
I shall be."
Thus did two
gentlemen of Vir
Lord Fairfax, and
jkWllliam, his cous
fin and confiden
tial agent reach
,a decision fraught
blanket with double Its weight of Ver
min such as Lice. Fleas, etc."
But nothing could daunt his spirit,
and, despite the continued raiiis, the
swollen streams and the terrific winds
that mere than once leveled his tent
to the ground, he was constantly in
the field, because, to quote his own
words, "our time was too precious to
lose." Out bright and early with
chains and instruments, he worked till
night ami theu sought what rejKi.se he
could find. Occasionally when the par
ty reached suine remote, settlement
there were feasting and merrymaking
but this was an exception to the gen
eral rule of hard and prolonged toil
We find him writing to a chum:
"Dear Richard Yours gave me pleas
ure, as I received it among barbarians
and an uncouth set of people. Since
you received my
letter I have not
slept above three
or tour nights In
a bed, but after
walking a great
deal all the day
1 have lain dowii
before the lire
upon a little hay,
straw, fodder or
to be had, with
men. wife and
dogs aud cats,
and happy is he
who gets the
benu nearest the
stern but iuval- so match Komnji.
liable apprenticeship, and it Is good to
be able to record that be acquitted him
self so creditably that, his first mission
accomplished. Lord Fairfax found oth
er work for him to do, retaining him in
hi) employ until his surveying days
were at an cud. Now, too, he was
.given opportunity to indulge in the
manly sports so dear to his virile na
ture, fur his duties became such that
he wa:? able to reside l:i one place for
months at a time. At Frederick, for
example, he boarded in the house of a
widow named Stinsou, who had sev
en sous, ea h a veritable Hercules if
tradition is to be accepted. Near by
was another family of lusty youths,
Crawford by name. Every evening
when the day's work was done the
fitlnsons. the Crawfords aud George
would meet in a large open space
before the Stinsou house and en
gage in trials of strength and skill.
The others were far heavier than
Washington, and In wrestling lie was
no match for them. As Hngh Stln
bon when an okl man used to recall.
"Often have 1 laid the conqueror of
themselves, to George Washington and Er.ghnid on his back." But he was
to America, tor the mission with ; always quick to add, "Yet In running
wnicn tney were intrusting me lau aufi loaning 1 and the rest were no
from, the Rappahannock was exactly match for him."
that best calculated to develop in film ; it is pleasant to note that, twenty-
jthe sterling qualities of self control, j flve yours after the bouts at Frederick
jenergy, pluck and determination and to ; when ho was called on trt lend the Con
fit htm for the great task of his life, , tinental army against King George's
rerif. "In youth he was "Voider, but
during his service in the army he
weighed IfOO pounds. His hands and
feet weVo enormous, nis boots were
No. 13. lie was broad, though not
deep chested, and exceedingly strong.
He could lift with one hand a tent
folded about the tent poles which usu
ally tooii two men to put It luto a bag
gage wagon.- He could held a musket
In one hand and fire It. His taste in
clothes was plain, but fastidious. - He
was very careful abxiut his personal ap
pearance. He never wore beard cr
mustache and acted as his own barber.
In his old ftge he wore false teeth,
which gave to his face In the later por
traits a severity of expression absent
in the earlier and probably more truth
ful likenesses. Stuart's portraits of
Washington are somewhat idealized.
Portraits by Trumbull and Sharpless
are considered faithful In most re
spects, while that painted by Joseph
Wright in 1782 was highly approved by
Washington himself. The Houdou stat
ue at Richmond has generally been ac
cepted as the most accurate Image of
the first president.
G. D. WRIGHT DEAD
; , s. , ... .... -
Former Commissioner of Labor and
Later Head of Clark College
WAS FOREMOST STATISTICIAN
Services to Country During 23 Years
in Office Inestimable Helped
Settle B13 Strike.
DAILY SHORT STORY.
(Continued from Page Four.)
"Telephone Mr. Beekman and your
friend Moran to come down here at
once," commanded Sommers. "Groll.
you know btst whether or not to make
arrangements to sell out your interest
in the business."
"You needn't send for Beekman."
wild Gro'.l sullenly as he laid a heavy
and detaining hand upon Stub's shoul
der. "You can let Vannerson buy me
out If you want to. This devilish kid
Is too smart for his own good. If you
let a word out about this I'll kill you,'
he added as his nervous fingers tight
ened their grin 011 Stub's shoulder un
til the boy winced with pain.
"Forgit it." admonished Stub. "I put
'keen off the grass sign on Miss
'anw. an' that's all I was after. I
guess that goes."
At a sign from Sommers, Groll re
leased the boy and followed his part
ner Into the private office to arrange
he details of the sale of his interest
None cf the others had noticed the
little group, and as Stub hitched off to
is desk he looked at the trim figure
of Gertrude Vance seated at her ma
I wisht I was big enough to marry
her mesclf." he mused, "but it's the
next best thing to see her marry Mr.
Fielding. Anyhow. I jest had to keep
Mr. Gro'.l offen the grass. lie's too
fresh that guy.
the conduct of an epoch making war
waged in field and forest, on steep
mountain side and by swiftly flowing
stream. In the wildest section of Vir
'glnia then but a British colony lay
vast holdings which Lord Fairfax had
decided to sell. They had never been
surveyed, and It was to plat them out
that George Washington had been
Truly a formidable undertaking to
traverse the almost pathless wilder
ness, to explore a region in which the
. redskin lurked and to do this at a time
of year when nature was In her an
griest mood. A man. and much more
. boy, might well have faltered. But
George Washington was no ordinary
boy. Physically he was well developed
for his age. Though little more than
midway through his teens he was al
ready famed as the finest rider in a
section that was celebrated for its
horsemen. At fencing, running, jump
ing, he could worst any lad of his years,
and mentally he was, as William
Fairfax had suggested, exceptionally
equipped. - . -
! Consequently It 13 easier to Imagine
- than describe the elation he felt when
he heard of his 1
gerly he made all
early. -.In March,
1718, struck out
from B e 1 v o I r,
try place, to cross
the Blue Ridge
and begin his la
' bbrs In tho val
leys of the Alle
ghenies. He start-1
ed In a ; iwurlng
rain, and the far
ther he went the
hnrder It rained.
And he - soon
found other in-
is a rotRiNo ain. 11TOI dlsagreea.
ble type. .The flrsti'nlght 'the-. party
elept at'-an imvwhord George, as he
tells us In the jourfinl a happy fortune
lias preserved for posterity, found in
way -of a ied nly a heap of v straw
covered with but one "thread TUr
host. Washington's thoughts went back
to the friends of his hard but happy
youth, and. knowing their worth, he
lost no time in offering them com nils-
dons. Several among them accepted
his offer, and one. William Crawford,
won his way to the rank of colonel and
would doubtless have been still further
promoted h:id he not fallen Into the
hands of hostile Indians and been
burned at the stake. '
la such wise, meeting and overcom
lug the difficulties of the wilderness
did George Washington prove his met
tie and gain knowledge that stood him
in the best of stead in his after life as
a military commander. Only till 1751
his twentieth year, did he follow the
profession of surveyor. Then, on news
of trouble .with the Indians along the
frontier, he laid aside the compass for
the sword and entered on the career
that was to enshrine him forever in
the hearts of his fellow countrymen.
How Washington Looked.
Washington, was six feet two Inches
Invheight. His hair was brown, his
eyes blue aud rather cold, his skin
clear, and ruddy. Ills nose was proml
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Worcester, Mass., Feb. 22. Carroll
D. Wright, president of Clark course;
and former commissioner of .laborj
died Saturday night, aged C9 years. j
Mr. Wright was for many years the,
foremost American statistician. For
four years he had charge' of the United '
States census, for 13 years he was'
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PRIMARY ELECTION NOTICE.
CABUOLIj . WRJQHT.
chief of the Massachusetts bureau of
labor statistics. lor more than 20 years
he varied his other work by giving
university lectures, and for the last
six years he had been president ot
Clark college, the collegiate depart
ment cf Clark university. In the edu
cational field his vosition was unique
in the respect that, although at the
head of an institution of high stand
ing for learning, he had never himself
been a student at any college or uni
versity. II In Karly t'nreer.
Born at Dumbarton, N. II., July 25,
1840, Mr. Wright was the son of a Uni-
was more than 5 degrees above the
average for the-season. The annual
mean temperature. 5:5.4 degrees, was
the highest in 34 years, excepting l&O.'i,
when the mean was 54.1 degrees; R
was equaled in 1.S78. During the peri
od named, the lowest annual mean was
47.C degrees in 1875. The latest kill
ing frost in spring occurred May 9, and
the first killing frosts of autumn on
Sept. 29. The latter were about two
weeks earlier-than the average date
The total precipitation for the state j
was below tho normal. Heavy rams:
occurred in April and May, the falls hi !
the latter month being especially!
heavy. Beginning with June, a long j
; period of deficient rainfall began, which 1
i ended only in the third decade of Xo-
vt-rr.aer. in me cnmaioiogicai niswry
of the state, this drought will rank
among the severest. In October and
November the water famine had reach
ed such an acute stage that a free use
of water had been restricted to abso
lute necessities. The counties border
ing on or near the Wabash river, and
the southern tier of counties, seem to
have suffered the greatest from the
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Sixth avenue. '
Third ward, first precinct County
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Fourth ward, first precinct 1914
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Fifth ward, first precinct Hose
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Fifth ward, second precinct Schmid's
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Rock Island. 111., Feb. 8, 1909.
M. T. RUDGUEN, City Clerk.
became a school teacher. He serve;!
in the civil war in a New Hampshi-o
regiment, entering as a private and
coming out a colonel, ieaving tne
military service in iyt!5. he read law
and was sewn admitted to practice- He
made a specialty of patent law. and by-
1875 had acquired a practice that was
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ber of the Massachusetts Ftnate. and
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becoming chief of the Massachusetts
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etts Mr. Wright made his bureau un
questionably the foremost institution
of its kind in the world. When the
oflice of United States commissioner
of labor was created. President Cleve
land appointed him to it, although Mr.
Wright had been a speaker for the re
publican party in campaigns and had
even been a prominent member of thi
political convention that nominated
Mr. Cleveland's antagonist, ,lame3 G.
Served 20 Yearn.
As commissioner of labor, Mr.
Wright served from 18S5 to 19D5
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