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THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE. NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
f a . Tfi jIsl jtm zzzr : t 3 t rw? czar aim c&iRjrvrras- By 8ERGE N. SYROMIATNIKOFF. Editor of "Rossla." iaV Americans havo had tha oppor tunity to spcuk with tho czar, ox copt diplomatists and Mr. Molvillo Stono, manager of tho Associated Press, but many would llko to knot" something about htm asldo fif.li political gossip and slander. Doos ho llvo in a golden cage, surrounded by eldorly titled gen tlemon of tho court, inaccessible to tho people? 1 havo been asked. I will answer UiIb by giving a few established facts. To toll tho en tire story of his lifo would bo to toll tho Russian history of tho last twenty-ono years. Threo weoks after his accession to tho throno, November 14, 1894, ho marrlod Prlncoss Allx of llosson, sister of tho Grand Duchess Ellsaveta Fcodorovnu, wifo of his undo, Grand Duko Sorgll Aloxnndrovlch, Tho czar rises at sovon o'clock, and before nlno ho has finished his modest breakfast and begun Ills daily work. Ho roads tho newspapers, tele crams and other information prosonted to him, hnd makes n noto of all Interesting matter. Tho Jtlmo from ten to cloven o'clock is nnslgnod to "walking, but nearly nlwnys from ton to half past ton o'clock ho rocoives tho reports of tho officials of his household or gives special audiences to dignitaries or men who interest him, and only during tho tlmo until cloven o'clock doos ho walk nlono or with his son, accompanied by two Scotch liounds. At cloven o'clock ho returns to tho palaco and tests tho food of his Infantry roglment or of his bodyguard. A Bamplo of tho soldlors' rood in a iockod stowpan Is brought to him by tho chief noncommissioned officer of tho roglment. After tho test of tha food tho roports of tho tailnlstorB begin, lasting until luncheon. A Day's Activities.. Tho luncheon Is Informal. Thoro ho moots his family for tho first tlmo in tho day. Samotlmos tho ofllccrs of tho oulto on duty that day aro In vited. Aftor luncheon tho emperor rccolvos ofll clals and doputlos, and from four to ilvo o'clock lie walks, drivoB, rides on a blcyclo, or canoes hivl goes boating with his son or with his daugh ters and tho empross. Prom six to eight o'clock ho works again In his study. From eight to half JiaBt nlno ho dines with his family, and from that tlmo to twelvo or halt past ho works again. Ho hover rosts during tho day, yet koops chcorful hnd unwearied. Sometimes, when ho finishes his task earlier than usual, ho reads to the ompross ht her evening tea. Boforo going to bed ho prays. Tho czar works about ton or twolvo hours a day, of which ho spends no fower than four hours nlono; ho sloops not moro than sovon hours, and only about six hours aro glvon to meals and relaxation with his family, On tho ovo of holy days tho czar goes to tho ovonlng church servicos at half past sovon o'clock, and on holy days ho gooa to raaoa at cloven. Tho rest of tho tlmo on holy days ho works as on wook days, Every ovcnlng, at homo or abroad, tho om poror writes his Impressions in his dairy. PosDosBlng an excellent memory and a cloar tnothod of thinking, tho czar wrltos In a clour hand, quickly and without orasuros. His thoughts tiro expressed simply and brlotly; ho doos not llko long phrasos and foreign words. Ho always writes his orders, ovon to-tho nearoBt officers, on tho block notes with pon and Ink. Tho em peror doos not llko to speak by rtolophono, and thoro Is nono In his study. Ono Is placed In tho room of his servant. Sometimes ho directs his nld-do-camp or hlB secretary to transmit hla orders verbally or by telephone. Tho poraons concerned nro notlilod in advanco, In tho event that thoro should bo any chnngo In tho tlmo sot for audiences or for receiving roports. Tho tables and settees in tho emperor's study aro covered with stato papors, but thoy do not Ho thoro long; quostlons aro docldod and carried out at onco. Tho emperor always knows whoro tho required paporB aro. Ho puts tho roports, after lio has read thorn, In envolopos and seals. Ho reads easily all handwritings, oven tho most dim cult italics of tho sovontoonth century, Tho private charity of tho emperor Is oxtonalvo. He gives not only by hundreds but by thousands Hnd ten thousands of rubles. Tho difficult work of tho government the czar does alono he has no private socrotarlea. Ho has sorao help from tho officials of his household and tho officers of hla sulto. Offlcoro of tho ftold chancellery decipher and cipher telegrams and ruako drafts of letters, but he said once, qulto truly: "I am doing throe mon'a work. I wish everyone knew how to do the work at least of two." Sounds liko a modern business man's complaint. The children or tho czar rlso nB early as their father, but spend thoir mornings In tho uppor apartments of tho palaco and gonorally meet him for tho first tlmo at luncheon. But tho omporor Bonds them to bed, kisses thorn good night and bloBSCB them with tho sign of tho cross. Hoforo and after meals ho and his family mako tho sign of the cross, and tho children thank their parents nftcr meals. Five o'clock tea Ib served ulso In private. During meals "service talk" is not al lowed -then rolgn Jokes and merry tales. After dlnnor tho omporor likes to road aloud Russian classics, chlolly tho work of tho humorists. Ho is fond of Oogol and of tho works of Gorbunov, a fnmous actor, wrltor of humorous stories, whoso books tho fathor of tho emperor, Aloxandor III, also enjoyed. Ho Is a student of Russian history and an admirer of tho fathor of Peter tho Great, tho "most gcntlo" czar, Aloxol Mlkhalovltch. His motto 1b: "A stato Ib strong and powerful only when It worships tho covenants of tho past." Ho Is president of tho Russian Historical society, organlzod by Emperor Alexander HI. Tho children adore their father and obey him absolutely. Ho plays with them, gives them slm plo toys and comforts them during Illness. His lovo for his son is boundless. Ho not only walks with hlra, but ho takes him to military shows, builds sand and snow fortresses with him, digs ditches, cuts wood, breaks Ico, does carpontor work, arrangoB boating parties Tho omporor is a good sportsman. Ho Is a great walker, rider and bicycler, plays tennis and nlnoplns and Is a good oarsman, swimmer, diver and shot. At family dinners tho czar profors Russian cook ing. Ho llkos cold hollod suckling pig, boot soups, gruels and pancakos and drinks tho Russian malt drink, "kvas," t.ho old rcclpo for which was taken from tho monastery of Sarov. Tho champagno sorvod In tho palaco Is always Russian. Tho period of Lent Is strictly observed. Dur ing tho first, fourth and soventh wooks and on Wednesdays and Fridays of other weoks Lont lastB sovon weeks ovon fish Is excluded from Imperial meals. Only vegetables are served. During his holidays In Crimea 51 in tho Fin nish archipelago tho czar enjoys walks of from ton to fifteen miles, visits farms with his children and picks mushrooms and borries. Ho Is so tiro loss that only two officers of his sulto, Komaroft and Drontoln, could accompany him in his tnoun- . talneorlng In Crimea. Tho imperial family takes part In tho Joys and Borrows of thoir servants. Tho fomalo servants leave tho palaco only In caso of doath or mar riage In the latter caso thoy rocolvo tho right to visit thoir masters. As examples of tho most dovoted servants may bo montioncd tho servant of tho ompross, Kondratloff, tho attendant of tho holr apparent, the Bailor Dorovonko, nnd tho nurso of tho Importal children, Maria VlBhntnkova. For them and for tho soldlors and officers of tho regi ments that boar thoir nameB tho importal family arrange a brilliant Christmas treo. On Eastor tho czar kisses threo times each of his servants, who congratulate him upon this great holy day, tho empress giving hor hand to bo kissed. Durlnc tho first threo days of tho Eastor holidays tho czar has to kiss mora than 3,0' 0 parsons and present each ono with a small Eastor egg of gold, silver or Ural stones. Tho czar's hunting Is In chargo of a special ad ministrator of tho Imperial hunts, this olllco be ing part of tho ministry of tho court. Tho grounds aro In Spain, Province of Potrokof, at Skornovlt By, near Warsaw, and In HlolnvtoJ, near Brost Lltovsk, Thoro nro private hunts, when tho omporor goes alono or with a fow Intimate friends, nnd great hunts, with a largo numbor of hunters, patterned after an old elaborated ceremonial, with prickers, bontors, hounds, hunting horns, torches and bon fires. Ho shoots door, bears, hares, pheasants and, in RtolovloJ, bisons, Tho omporor is vor, cnutlouB, strictly observing tho rules, and never allows himself a shot which might hurt tho bcators. Ho Ib an excellent shot and his bag Is alwayB filled. Onco, near Vyborg, Finland, ho killed a fox. Tho Finnish law re wards a hunter with five marks ($1) as a premium for each carnivorous animal killed. Tho czar received tho premium nnd issued a receipt for flvo marks. This rocolpt Is kept Ir- tho Vyborg; citadel. The czar and his family llko tho opera, particu larly Russian, but thoy also llko Wagner. Thoy prefor tho ballot and comedies to other dramatic performances. Likes to Play Dominoes. Only intimate friends are invited to tho Infre quent evening parties In tho palaco. Tho em peror nover plays cards, but plays dominoes some times and likes billiards. Tho daughters of tho czar llko dancing, but now they havo become help ful nurses In tho hospitals and take caro of wounded soldiers. Tho czar likes tho balalaika orchestra, Cossack cholrH and dances. Onco after seeing a vivid and animated dance of tho Cos Backs tho cznr said, thanking tho soldior dancers: "Tho blood runs qulckor. It scorns as though ono could smaBh everything looking at them." The czar haB a strong bollof In tho heavenly origin of his power. Whon saying in his mani festo of Juno 3, 1907: "Tho Lord God has in trusted us with tho czar's power over our people Awl r t n t n 1 I r-i , 1 1 1 r. 111 nla.n nn n n mnilH tnf UMU UUIUIU IliO UliUllU WU Will H---J Uli UUDWIUI IUI . tho fato of our emplro," ho expressed his convic-1 tln 1. - MA1IA.. V. - Tl HMnl ' archy. Ho .as church servlcen, eld rites, old church hymns. When meeting priests ho kisses thoir hands' and thoy kiss his. Ho confesses his sins nnd receives sacrament twice during the Great Lent before Eastor, and a third tlmo beforo tho anniversary of his ascension to tho throne. Tho czar is a good soldier. In Crlmoa onco ho put on all tho equipment of a soldior of the Six teenth regiment of sharpshooter i and took a long walk with rlflo and knapsack for tho purpose of trying out tho soldlors' outfit. Ho ordorcd that ho bo enlisted In tho rolls of tho first squad of this regiment and rccolved a certificate In the namo of soldior Nicholas Romanoff. Tho life of tho Russian army and navy and tho woll-being of tho Russian soldiers and sailors aro objects of his stronuouB concern. Ho chose a simple sailor, Boatswain Derovonko, a poasant of tho Volhynia province, to bo tho attendant o. his son. Tho union of tho czar with his soldlors and peasants la his purposo. To have a legal way of hearing tho volco of tho pcoplo the czar established tho state duma, or houso of representatives. In his spoech from tho throno May 10. 1904, at tho opon ing of tho first duma, ho said to the representa tives of his people, summoned tho St. George's Sallo of tho winter palaco: "T'uo solicitude for tho well-being of tho fatherland, Intrusted to me by Provldonco, Induced mo to convono tho o'.ects of tho people for holp and legislative work. With ardent faith In tho bright futu.ro of Russia I wel come In your persons tho best men, whom I have ordered my holovcd subjects to elect. Difficult and complicated work is boforo you. I bcllovo that tho lovo for your country and the forvont do slro to sorvo It will rouso and unlto you. As for myself, I will dofend tho unBhnkablo institutions granted by mo, in strong belief that you will give all your strength and solf-donylng Borvlce to your country In ascertaining the needs of tho peasants, so closo to my heart; In educating tho pooplo and developing their woll-being, remomborlng that for tho spiritual greatness and prosperity of tho stato not only froodom, but ordor based on right, Is necessary. May my ardent desire to boo my peo plo happy and to transmit to my son in inherit ance n stato strong, well organized and civilized bo fulfilled. "May God bless tho work boforo mo In union with tho stato council and tho stato duma, and may this day bo marked as a day of renovation of tho moral countenance of tho Russian land, as tho day of tho revival of her best forces. "Bogln with reverence tho work which I havo Intrustod to you, and justify tho confldonco of tho czar nnd tho pooplo. "May God holp you nnd mo!" In October tho czar and tho czarovltch visited tho trenches on tho southwestern front, and tho czar was many times under tho nrtlllory flro of tho enemy. As this bravery, by tho tenuro ol article 7 of tho statuto of tho military ordor of St George, ontltlos An offlcor to a cross of St. Goorgo of tho fourth class, tho council of knights of St. Goorgo of tho southwestern armies resolved to ask tho emperor to accept this cross. Tho com mamlor tn chief of tho southwestern armies also asked permission to confer upon tho czarovltch a silver medal, with a St, Qeorgo'a ribbon, for bravery lu having visited tho wounded at tho sta tlon Clevan, In tho sphere of tho onomy's artillery flro. A LINE OF PRINT By GEORGE COBB. "Sorry, Miss Fortner, but those nro tho orders," spoko tho society editor and ho looked it, for tho neat, intelli gent young lady boforo him had im pressed him favorably from tho start. For two days Susie Fortner, would bo Journalist, had been trying her wlngB. Sho had flown high in hor first copy covering tho big wedding event of tho season, nnd now sho had dropped back to earth with a deaden ing shock to all hor high ambitions. "Don't bo discouraged;" resumed tho kindly odltor. "You'vo got it in you, but you lack tho practical experience You boo, tho mistako was a terrible ono. I don't know but it may lead to a llbol suit. Then again, It antagon ized somo high up people and that means loss of advertising patronago." "It must havo been somo cruel Joker who gavo mo tho Incorrect Informa tion," sobbed Suslo, in tears of cha grin and voxntlon. "I don't want you peoplo to got into trouble. Hadn't I bettor go and see this Mr. Randall and Miss Armour and explain how it all camo about?" "I wouldn't wasto my tlmo on that if I wore you," advised tho editor, but Suslo went hor way feeling a respon sibility sho must carry out. A lino of print had dono it, a simple innocent looking series of only a fow "I Am Through With Society as a Reporter." words: "It is ourrent rumor that Miss Grace Armour and Mr. Dalby Randall, bridesmaid and best man, will shortly follow tho example of tho happy bride and groom of tho present occasion." Tho item had como to Suslo while sho was collating matorlal for tho full column report on the brilliant affair. Lists of names had been glvon her, as of the presents and items as to the honeymoon trip and the like. How was sho to know that tho bridesmaid and best man wero almost perfect strangers one to tho other? A cruel hoax and It bad cost Suslo her position.- Sho got a directory and found the address of this Mr. Randall. Thoro was gloom In hor heart, but sho grap pled with tho duty of tho moment in hor usual determined, businesslike way. Suslo thought out all sho would say as sho was shown Into tho office of Mr. Randall. He was a bright, haudsomo young follow. Sho had noticed that at tho wedding. Ho Btarod a little and looked perplexed and embarrassed as Susie told her story. "It is most kind of you to take tho trouble to explain tho mlxup," said Randall. "Of courso somo thought less mischief maker fancied It would bo a raro hoax to glvo In that falso In formation. By tho way, a thought this, affair has bothered me a good deal. I know Miss Armour must be troubled and chagrined over the af fair. By tho way," and Randall bright ened up under tho lnfluonco of a quick suggestion "you couldn't clear my skirts and mako Miss Armour feel right to mo, that is If sho feels wrong about It by calling on hor and telling her what you havo told mo,, could you?" Why, of courso Suslo would do that, and tho young man pondered. To tho observant Suslo ho acted llttlo wor ried over what had boon dono and ovlncod a sort of delight In being ablo to discuss tbo situation with Miss Ar mour. "I bellovo," ho said finally. "I bo llovo I will accompany you to Miss Armour nnd will or introduco you." So thoy wont together and Suslo went over hor story again to tho blushing young bridesmaid. Randall had learned of tho penalty sho had boon called upon to pay for tho inser tion of that fatal lino. He even asked hor address. "I havo somo frlonds In tho news papor line," ho told hor. "It seems pretty hard that you should loso your position for a complication In no senso your making." Mies Armour waa kind, Indulgent, almont sisterly to Suslo. Sho took hor addrtsB. "I wonder If I havo suggested an idea to thoso two," soliloquized Suslo with a whimsical smile as she wended hor way homowardB. Then her own troubles brought a cloud of gravity to hor fair face. '1 shall havo to go back to tho old humdrum rut, I Bupposo," sho reflect ed, which covered a saleswoman's sal ary In an art store whero pay wan poor and progress slow. "All tho samo, I won't glvo up my Ideal I can keep on with my book of pooms, any way." Sho sal down In tho parlor of tho boardinc house to think over affairs. Sho was doop among hor mental ab-' stractionB, when a cheery hall caused' hor to start up to faco Ward RldloyJ Ho was a follow boarder, a struggling! young nowspapor artist. I "I finished two drawings Illustrating your first pooms," ho announced, "nnd I am going to bring thom from tho ofllco this ovcnlng. How is society, Miss Fortnurf" "I am through with society aa a re porter," replied Suslo and sho told her desolnto story. Sho had a truly sym pathizing auditor and when Ridley had gono Suslo felt that cho had at least ono good friond in tho world. Then camo further distress for tho dovoted Susie. Sho returned to her old position, but only for a week. For a month poor Suslo was down with a contagious fovcr. Sho was wan and dobllltatcd whon tho consuming fever loft her. Her palo cheek flushed as gradually her nurso told her all about tho threo wooks blank In her life. "Your friond, Mr. Ridley, provided for everything," tho attendant ex plained. "Ho has boon working day and night and looks as though ho would bo tho next ono on tho sick list." But If Ward Ridley was worn out, his face showed a raro delight to find Susio sitting up and on the road to recovery. "When you aro strong enough," ho said mysteriously moro than onco, "I want to discloso a Biirprlse." Then ono morning, when Suslo was ablo to walk about tho room, Ridloy quietly drew a small volume from his pocket. Ho handed It to her. Suslo sat transfixed. "My pooms and published!" sho flut tered and hor lifo's vision seemed real ized. "Yes," roplled Ridloy. "You remem ber tho two peoplo you wrote up wrong in that wedding report? Well, your Innocent revelations to them brought about an engagement and thoy aro soon to bo married. Miss Armour camo hero tho day you wero taken down with fever. Sho has been hero since. She will bo hero again. And so happy was sho In her new found love, all duo to you, that sho Insisted on furnishing tho taoney to print tho book and I well, I havo aided in Bpolllng It with my Illustrations." Susio cried. Sho could not holp It. And then sho smiled and a great glad ness surged up In hor heart at tho words from Ridley. "Toll you, Miss Fortner, they have Increased my salary down at tho ofllco and I was wondering It you would holp me save somo of it as my wife." (Copyright. 191G. by W. G. Chapman.) KEEPING THE CHILD STRAIGHT Wlso Advice on the Subject Is That Given by Writer In a Chicago Newspaper. When children aro prevented from having a good tlmo at homo thoy will go whore their high Bplrits will havo a chance. It Is up to you to make your home a place where tho children will have thoir best time. If you do, you will find loss deslro on thoir part to leave It. It may cost a little money; the noise may bo annoying to you, but Isn't a llttlo money and a little nolso a small price to pay to keep the kiddles homo? When children aro much on the streets or In questionable company 1b It any wondor that they acquire bad habits? To keep your children Bweot, puro and honorable should bo your constant aim. Before you becomo a parent you should consider that you will havo to make many changes In your modo of living; that you will have many vexa tions.. But the children will more than make up to you for all you must deny yoursolf. Nothing is so sweet as the heart of a little child unless It is the hearts of two llttlo children. Chicago Examiner. Fight Patron Was Weary. Billy Gibson, who conducted a small boxing club, told of a bout be tween Montana Dan Sullivan, a middleweight, and a rough, rug ged fellow who was noted for hlB punching powers, but who was rather slow afoot. Montana Dan ap parently hold his opponent in great re spect. Ho would approach tho rough lad cautiously, mako a light lead at him, and then skitter away to a far corner of tho ring. This went on for a short time, with the crowd watch ing silently, until finally Dan reached out a quick loft and Jabbed tho rough ono lightly on tho chin. "That's right, Dan," camo a thin, piping and very1 weary voice from tho cheapest Boats. "That's right! Antagonlzo him, Dan; antagonlzo him!" t One's Finger Nails. No two finger nails on a person's hands grow at tho samo rate. Tho nail on tho middle linger grows faster' than any other, whtlo tho thumbnail, Ib tho slowest growing nail. As a rule, too, the nails on the right hand grow! fastor than those on tho loft. Tho1 state of ono's health, too, affects the rate of growth. Tho nails on invalids' hands grow considerably faster than on tho hands of a hoalthy person. Taken on tho average, tho rato of growth Is an eighth of an Inch a month, or from an Inch to an Inch and a halt a year.